Legal Category

AT&T Hacker Wins Appeal Against Conviction
April 13th 2014 - 10:35 GMT
A US court has overturned the conviction of a man who had been jailed for stealing the information of around 100,000 iPad users on the AT&T network....more

Corporate Conflict is on the Increase, Says New Eversheds Study
April 8th 2014 - 08:50 GMT
There has been an increase in the use of courts to settle disputes between companies in recent years, even as large firms increasingly claim they do not want to resort to litigation....more

BlackBerry Wins US Patent Lawsuit
April 8th 2014 - 08:25 GMT
BlackBerry says that it was won a patent dispute in a US court after the federal jury dismissed a claim by the Dutch semiconductor firm, NXP....more

Eight Men Charged with Customer Data Theft from AT&T
April 7th 2014 - 19:02 GMT
Eight people have been charged in a US court, accused of stealing customer account details from AT&T and using the information to defraud thousands of customers through their credit cards....more

Lenovo Buys Mobile Patents from NEC
April 7th 2014 - 11:25 GMT
China's Lenovo has purchased a portfolio of patents from NEC, to bolster its mobile technologies used in the Motorola Mobility division it recently agreed to buy from Google....more

Marvell Technology Fined $1.5 Billion for Patent Infringement
April 1st 2014 - 19:33 GMT
A US court has ruled that US chip maker Marvell Technology Group will have to make a payment of US$1.5 billion to the Carnegie Mellon University for infringing two of its hard disc patents....more

BlackBerry Wins Sales Ban Against Copycat Keyboard for Apple's IPhone
March 30th 2014 - 11:45 GMT
BlackBerry has won a rare patent victory and secured a court order blocking the sale of a keypad accessory for Apple's iPhone that it said was too similar to its own keypad designs....more

Apple Files Patent for Transparent Display Screen
March 30th 2014 - 10:10 GMT
Apple has filed for a patent that aims to make it easier to type on a phone while walking, by projecting an image of the street ahead of them onto the screen....more

Microsoft and Dell Sign Android Patents Agreement
March 27th 2014 - 07:30 GMT
Speculation about Dell's intentions towards the Android smartphone and tablet market is heightened following an announcement from Microsoft....more

Lenovo Pays $100 Million for Mobile Patent Licenses
March 21st 2014 - 09:10 GMT
China's Lenovo, fresh from buying Motorola Mobility from Google is boosting its mobile patents portfolio with a $100 million deal with Unwired Planet....more

Google Ordered to Pay $85 Million for Infringing Android Patent
March 20th 2014 - 11:54 GMT
Google has been ordered to make a payment of US$85 million for infringing an Android patent owned by the patent holding company SimpleAir....more

Google Settles YouTube Copyright Case with Viacom
March 18th 2014 - 15:55 GMT
Google and US media giant, Viacom have settled a long running court dispute over copyright of video clips uploaded to the YouTube website....more

Former Apple Subsidiary Loses Patent Dispute Against HTC, Huawei and ZTE
March 15th 2014 - 11:20 GMT
USA based FlashPoint Technology has lost a patent infringement case against a number of smartphone manufacturers....more

Toshiba Sues SK Hynix for Using Stolen Information
March 13th 2014 - 15:30 GMT
Japan's Toshiba has brought a civil suit against South Korea's SK Hynix under Japan's Unfair Competition Prevention Act....more

Google Faces Lawsuit over In-App Purchases
March 11th 2014 - 16:50 GMT
A US law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against Google, alleging that the company did not do enough to prevent unauthorised in-app purchases by children from the Google Play store....more

Unwired Planet Sues Samsung, Google and Huawei for Patent Infringement
March 10th 2014 - 16:20 GMT
Unwired Planet has announced that it is filing patent infringement lawsuits against Samsung, Google and Huawei in both the UK and in Germany....more

Twitter Pays $36 Million to Buy Patents from IBM
March 10th 2014 - 10:20 GMT
Twitter has confirmed that it paid US$36 million to buy a batch of patents from IBM last year....more

Apple Loses Bid to Ban Samsung Phone Sales in the USA
March 7th 2014 - 07:55 GMT
Apple has lost an attempt to ban the sale of some older Samsung smartphones in the USA....more

IPCom Loses $2.2 Billion Patent Lawsuit Against Apple
March 2nd 2014 - 11:25 GMT
IPCom has lost the latest in a string of multi-billion dollar lawsuits against mobile phone manufacturers, after a German court dismissed its US$2.2 billion claim against Apple....more

InterDigital Says It is Cooperating with Chinese Anti-Monopoly Investigation
February 11th 2014 - 10:00 GMT
USA based patent holding company, InterDigital says that its executives will continue to cooperate with a Chinese investigation into anti-trust allegations, having secured assurances that its staff wont be arrested if they visit the country....more

Nokia and HTC Settle All Outstanding Patent Disputes
February 7th 2014 - 19:56 GMT
In a brief statement that belies its importance, Nokia and HTC have settled all pending patent litigation between them, and entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement....more

Cisco Signs 10-Year Patent Agreement with Samsung
February 6th 2014 - 10:50 GMT
Cisco says that it has signed a patent cross-license agreement with Samsung, effective immediately....more

Apple Faces Lawsuit Over IPhone Chip Patent
February 4th 2014 - 18:47 GMT
Apple could be facing a lawsuit from a US University that claims the company willfully infringed on one of its patents....more

Former Ringtone Firm Could Earn Hundreds of Millions of Dollars from Google Patent Dispute
January 29th 2014 - 11:05 GMT
Ringtone company turned patent troll, Vringo has won a significant victory against Google that could be transformative for the little patent holding company....more

Paydiant Patents Use of QR Codes for Cash Withdrawals at ATMs
January 24th 2014 - 12:06 GMT
Mobile payments services provider, Paydiant says that it has been granted a patent in the USA covering the use of a mobile phone to process cash withdrawals from a cash machine (ATM)....more

Qualcomm Acquires Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone Patent Portfolio from HP
January 24th 2014 - 08:10 GMT
Qualcomm says that it has acquired a patent portfolio from Hewlett-Packard and its Palm subsidiary....more

SimpleAir Seeks $125 Million from Google Following Android Patent Victory
January 23rd 2014 - 10:10 GMT
Patent holding company, SimpleAir says that it has won a patent battle against Google, and is seeking US$125 million in damages from the company....more

Apple Wins Auto-Complete Patent Case Against Samsung
January 22nd 2014 - 17:38 GMT
A Judge in the USA has ruled that Samsung infringed on an Apple patent covering how their phones recommend words as users type letters....more

Google Fails to Block UK Court Case Over Web Browser Tracking
January 16th 2014 - 18:10 GMT
Google has failed in an attempt to prevent a court case in the UK that will decide if the company illegally tracked its users....more

Apple Cleared of Infringing Motorola Patent
January 13th 2014 - 09:30 GMT
An American Appeal's Court has ruled that Apple didn't infringe on a Motorola Mobility patent covering the method for "controlling a delivery of data"...more

Apple and Samsung Seek An End to Their Patent Battles
January 9th 2014 - 13:30 GMT
Apple and Samsung have agreed to seek mediation in their ongoing patent battles, according to a court filing they submitted....more

BlackBerry Files Lawsuit Against Typo Over IPhone Keyboard Accessory
January 4th 2014 - 10:50 GMT
BlackBerry says that it has filed a lawsuit against Typo Products for infringing one the design of its own keyboard....more

InterDigital Loses Patent Infringement Claims Against Huawei, ZTE and Nokia
December 20th 2013 - 11:25 GMT
US patent holding company -- aka, patent troll -- InterDigital has lost a patent infringement complaint it filed in 2011 against Huawei, ZTE and Nokia....more

Vringo Wins Patent Dispute Against ZTE in Germany
December 17th 2013 - 18:50 GMT
Ringtone to patent litigator, Vringo says that it has secured two developments in its lawsuits against ZTE for patent infringement....more

WiLAN Acquires 900 Semiconductor Patents from Panasonic
December 16th 2013 - 11:57 GMT
Panasonic is transferring around 900 patents to the patent holding company, WiLAN relating to a broad range of technologies in the field of semiconductor devices....more

HTC Delays Smartphone Sales Ban in the UK
December 13th 2013 - 08:50 GMT
HTC has secured a temporary injunction that will permit it to continue selling its HTC One Mini smartphone in the UK....more

Samsung Close to a Patents Deal with European Regulators
December 12th 2013 - 17:30 GMT
Samsung is reportedly close to a settlement with European authorities over how it licenses its standards essential patents....more

HTC Smartphone Banned from Sale in the UK for Infringing Nokia Patent
December 3rd 2013 - 16:20 GMT
HTC has lost a patent battle in the UK has had an order imposed banning the sale of its HTC One Mini smartphone in the country....more

Google Filing Ten Patent Applications Per Day
December 3rd 2013 - 11:15 GMT
Although Google has often publicly condemned the patent wars and the filing of spurious software patents, it is itself likely to enter the top-10 for new patents this year....more

Australian Company Directors Fined for Miss-selling Phone Services
November 29th 2013 - 11:55 GMT
An Australian mobile services reseller has been ordered to pay damages after it was found guilty of misrepresenting the mobile phone services it offered....more