Justice Dept Approves Rockstar Consortium's Patent Grab
The U.S. Department of Justice today gave Rockstar Consortium the permission it needs in order to move ahead with its planned purchase of approximately 4,000 patents from the defunct Nortel. The consortium, which includes Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Ericsson, and Sony, said it would buy the patents for $4.5. billion, with Apple contributing the lion's share of the purchase price at $2.6 billion. The patent portfolio consists of assets related to a broad array of networking, communications, and internet technologies.
Apple Proposes New Emoji to Represent Those with Disabilities
Apple has suggested to the Unicode Consortium that it add a new batch of accessibility emoji that depict characters with disabilities. In its letter to the Consortium, Apple said, "Apple is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities.
BlackBerry Sues Nokia Over Patents
BlackBerry filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nokia this week. BlackBerry claims Nokia is using its patented technology in select telecommunications equipment that Nokia sells to network operators, such as T-Mobile, without the proper licenses.
Nokia, Apple File Dueling Patent Lawsuits
Nokia and Apple have this week filed patent-related lawsuits against one another in various jurisdictions. Nokia's claims, filed in Germany and the U.S., say that Apple is using Nokia's patented technology without permission.
Apple and Ericsson Sign Patent Accord, Settle Lawsuits
Apple and Ericsson have signed a patent-licensing agreement and put an end to on-going patent litigation between the two. Ericsson said the deal is broad and covers 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE technologies.