Apple Accuses HTC of Abusing Essential Patents
Apple has filed a counterclaim against HTC that accuses the Taiwanese smartphone maker of abusing its standards essential patents and failure to offer fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms. This particular action is in response to a claim filed against Apple by HTC. In Apple's filing, it says HTC used legal trickery to sue it over patent violations while at the same time refusing to license those patents in compliance with FRAND. In particular, Apple accuses HTC of breach of contract based on standards-related misconduct; fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud; promissory estoppel; conspiracy under statute 1 of the Sherman Act (relating to cartels); violation of statue 2 of the Sherman Act (relating to monopolies); violation of 15 U.S.C. statue 8 (illegal restraint of import trade); and violation of Virginia state antitrust law. HTC joins Samsung and Motorola in the short list of companies accused of abusing standards essential patents. These particular patents pertain to LTE/4G technologies.
Synaptics Says A 'Top Five' Phone Company to Use Its Under-the-Glass Fingerprint Reader
Synaptics today said of the five largest phone manufacturers in the world has agreed to use its Clear ID FS9500 optical, in-display fingerprint sensor. The FS9500 can scan fingerprints through the full thickness of smartphone cover glass, which means device makers can create sleek, button-free designs and still include a fingerprint reader on the front.
Target Adds Mobile Payment Feature to its App
Target today made it possible for people to make in-store payments with their smartphones through the Target mobile app. Similar to Walmart’s offering, shoppers can link their debit cart to the new Wallet function within the Target app.
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
Ericsson Sues Apple Over Telecom Patents
Ericsson today sued Apple in the U.S. and alleges the iPhone maker is violating multiple wireless patents.
Apple sues all customers...
iPhone is owned ONLY by Apple
You do not own your iPhone - It is property of apple. You may not customize it, that wouldn't be what apple wants. You can't install your own personal software on it - Apple wouldn't want it that way either. You are pa...
If apple spent half as much time on building a phone as they do suing companies over patents they might actually have a phone that could compete with other smart phones these days...
Let's not get cr...
Apple accuses Sun of being too bright; Moon of resembling a mans face
In Apple's filing, it says the sun used orbital trickery to appear less bright at certain times, however still outputing the same amount of light and still causing damaging effects to the eyes and skin. Apple states this is not in compliance with SUNNY.
The Sun joins The Moon, and Finland in the short list of entities accused of abusing standards essential patents. Finland was added to the lawsuit be...
Ripping off designs vs. FRAND patents.
1) All of these companies are part of a trade group. They all have contributed to the field of wireless communication as we know it today, with each holding patents essential to the very technologies our phones rely on. Obviously, it'd be crippling if someone bottlenecked things such as LTE or GSM communications, or HTTP data transfer. That's why these patents are covered under what's known as FRAND terms, which means a company will not artificially inflate the value of the patent to stifle competition.
If you follow up on patent la...
'This company's phone almost looks like ours..sue them'
'Hey, they're using tech we want..sue them.'
A day doesn't go by without reading somethi...
Apples all over the place
I'm reading on here on PHone scoop "Apple Accuses HTC of Abusing Essential Patents" and on Engadget "Judge Dismisses Apple and Motorola's lawsuit.
http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/22/judge-dismisses-a ... »
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