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Well, this is... odd. T-Mobile's newly-installed CEO has been quite the character, going off in press events and calling rival carriers all sorts of crazy names. He's off the walls, and in an industry that's as suited as they come, it's quite refreshing. But, strangely enough, he isn't beyond the lawsuit. T-Mobile, which was all set to merge with AT&T just years ago, is now suing the nation's most popular GSM carrier. AT&T recently launched a prepaid brand under the "Aio" label, and according to T-Mobile, it didn't pay up before using T-Mobile's classic "magenta" color. Yes, it has that... Read more...
"Rampant patent litigation." If you've followed consumer technology for any small amount of time, you'd know that it's happening. Apple vs. Samsung. Yahoo vs. Facebook. HTC, Motorola, Google -- you name it. If it's a large tech company, it's probably worried somewhat about being sued over patents. Companies that are involved don't seem to be making any grandiose public claims about this misfortune. But the tech media, and consumers at large, are growing tired of the back-and-forth. And you know it's bad when even a entity as large and hulking (and busy) as the International Telecommunication Union... Read more...
Ouch. Kodak's had some troubles of late, but now that the end may be near, they're trying everything they can to stay afloat. Samsung is the latest company to get nailed by passing debris, as Eastman Kodak announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., alleging infringement of certain patents related to Kodak digital imaging technology. Kodak's been on somewhat of a lawsuit streak lately, and taking aim at Samsung is proof that they aren't playing around. Kodak has licensed its digital imaging patents to more than 30 leading technology companies, including LG,... Read more...
Hopefully you've been in the giving mood, but unlike Seiko Epson here, you've been doing so without grumbling. The company announced that it has agreed to settle for US$80 million civil lawsuits filed against it in the United States and United Kingdom by Nokia Corporation of Finland and its subsidiaries, seeking damages stemming from purchases of liquid crystal displays. Yeah, ouch. In November 2009, Nokia filed lawsuits in the United States and United Kingdom against Epson and its subsidiary companies including Epson Imaging Devices Corporation alleging violations of antitrust and competition... Read more...
Lawsuits, lawsuits, and a few more lawsuits. That really does seem to be the order of the month. With Apple, Samsung, HTC and countless others currently battling it out over Android, IP and all manner of patent troubles, InterDigital has found an opportune time to get into the mix. The company has recently announced that it will be filing a complaint against Nokia, Huawei and ZTE With International Trade Commission. Those are three very major companies, with huge stakes in the mobile arena. The complaint alleges that the Respondents have engaged in unfair trade practices by making for importation... Read more...
Wowsers! It's not often that courtroom battles are interesting, but we're guessing that this is one of those rare occasions where it will indeed have the eye of the tech world for some time to come. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple (yes, the company that makes the iPad) has just sued Samsung Electronics (yes, the company that makes the rival Galaxy Tab). That's no small deal, and it could open up an entirely new can of worms when it comes to companies "taking inspiration" from similar products. According to the report, Apple has sued Samsung "claiming the Korean electronics giant copied... Read more...
And just like that, all is right in the television world again. Or, at least between two giants in the industry who have been at each other's throats lately. LG and Vizio have been fighting over patents the past few years, but it looks like they're both resolving to let bygones be bygones in 2011. Vizio just announced that they have signed a settlement agreement together with cross license agreements ending a patent dispute with LG Electronics. If you can remember that far back, these disputes started in 2008. For around three years now, both companies have been bickering about who owns what, and... Read more...
There's two related Nvidia stories to cover as we kick off the week; both involve the company's future products and financial bottom line. First up, there's a persistent rumor that Intel and Nvidia are about to settle their own case rather than taking the dispute to a courtroom. The original dispute between the two companies was over whether or not Nvidia had the right to design chipsets for Intel products with an integrated memory controller. Later, the issue expanded to cover Intel's Atom platforms and its decision to sell complete Atom SoCs for less than the price of an Atom processor. The FTC... Read more...
Remember when Apple used to be the poor underdog, and everyone referred to Microsoft as M$? Boy, times have changed. Apple has been involved in more corporate drama the past few months than any other big name company that we can think of, with the Adobe vs. Apple battle still raging on, a riff between Apple and Google only growing stronger, and now, a lawsuit battle between two of the world's most prominent smartphone makers. Just a few short months after Apple sued HTC for patent infringement, HTC has struck back with a lawsuit of their own, and it's over the same top. The press release spells... Read more...
We definitely had to take a second look at our calendar, but it's not April 1st. In fact, it's nowhere near it. Microsoft--the giant that you would think could never be taken down--has just has its holiday thrown for a loop. Or, at least Microsoft's team of lawyers. If you'll remember back, Microsoft had heard from a judge that its immensely popular Word program could no longer be sold due to the software infringing on patents of one i4i. Of course, Microsoft appealed and did its best to delay things, but it looks as if today's verdict could mean business. i4i had a patent on some XML inner-workings,... Read more...
File this one under "news of the weird." In a completely strange and unexpected twist of events, Activision has filed a lawsuit that could prevent a Jack Black-based video game from becoming a reality. The aforementioned company sued game developer Double Fine Productions this past week in order to halt the impending release of "Brutal Legand" by Electronic Arts. The suit was filed in Santa Monica, California, and it alleges that Double Fine failed to deliver the game "on time." Furthermore, it claims that the outfit then offered the completed (albeit late) game to EA instead. Failing to meet a... Read more...
And the fines just keep on coming. Shortly after Intel was dealt a staggering $1.45 billion fine for alleged antitrust practices against the likes of AMD, Microsoft is now facing a slightly less painful $200 million payment to software ware i4i Ltd. This week, a Texas federal jury ordered Microsoft to pay the aforementioned Canadian outfit nearly a quarter-billion dollars for damages for infringing a patent.Those familiar with such matters will recognize that Texas, particularly Marshall, is somewhat of a patent troll haven, but obviously things worked out for the relatively unknown outfit. Of... Read more...
Seriously folks, we couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. In fact, this is the stuff that pure comedic gold is made of. Duke Nukem Forever, which is arguably the most highly hyped game to never emerge in official fashion, was thought to extinguished forever when 3D Realms (its developer) went under earlier this month. Weeks later, the game has resurfaced in conversation yet again, further proving the point that this title simply will not ever die. According to a blurb over at Bloomberg, Take-Two Interactive Software, which makes the heralded Grand Theft Auto series of video games, has sued Apogee... Read more...
With all this talk of the new Terminator flick, we can't begin to think of a more timely announcement for this particular news bit. The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) Cybernetic Suit, described as an exoskeleton and designed to give average humans superhuman abilities, is just about to hit mass production. If you'll recall, we first caught wind of this very system way back in October 2006, and just now its creator is getting around to pumping these out with any semblance of regularity. And we guess it makes sense -- what's the actual market demand for a suit like this, anyway? Founding company Cyberdyne... Read more...
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