Openwave Sells Off Media and Messaging Services
Openwave today announced that it has agreed to sell its Mediation and Messaging product businesses to Marlin Equity Partners for an undisclosed sum. Marlin Equity will continue to operate the Mediation and Messaging business units under the new names of Openwave Mobility and Openwave Messaging. Openwave itself will rename the organization to Unwired Planet and pursue a patent-licensing strategy moving forward. Openwave licensed some of its intellectual property to Microsoft as recently as November 2011, and sued Apple and RIM over patents in August 2011. The companies expect the deal to close by the end of the month.
Unwired Planet Bests Samsung and Huawei In Patent Trial
Unwired Planet landed its first courtroom victory in the U.K. this week after a judge agreed that Samsung and Huawei are violating patents owned by the company.
Samsung Looking to Escape Paying $1B to Microsoft
Samsung claims that if it honors a 2011 patent-licensing agreement with Microsoft it could be charged with collusion. The argument is the latest from Samsung, which owes Microsoft $1 billion in patent licensing fees, plus another $6.9 million in interest.
Samsung to Pay Apple $548M for Patents - with a Catch
Samsung will send Apple a check for $548 million to settle its ongoing patent litigation, according to FOSS Patents. The companies filed paperwork with a California court on Dec.
Euro Commission Takes Stand Against Patent Abuse
The European Commission today ruled that Motorola had broken the law by suing Apple over standard essential patents. Apple had agreed to license Motorola's patents, but when the two companies couldn't agree on a price, Apple used the patented technology anyway and was eventually sued by Motorola.