Congress to Debate Patent-Related Sales Bans
Congress is prepared to discuss today the use of sales bans and/or injunctions against products that infringe on standards essential patents. The debate was sparked by the spate of lawsuits filed by smartphone makers requesting the bans and counter-complaints by others saying the standards essential patent holders are being unreasonable. The debate will focus on whether or not standards essential patent holders can request sales bans of infringing products. Motorola has used the tactic recently, seeking to block sales of competitors' devices. Companies that are subject to such bans argue that patent holders use the threat of injunctions to force unreasonable licensing terms, while the patent holders argue that the tactic is necessary to obtain licensing fees from non-compliant competitors. Standards essential patents are supposed to be licensed on a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory basis. The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice are participating it today's discussion. It's not clear how soon congress might make a decision or ruling on the matter.
Qualcomm Seeks to Ban Intel-Powered iPhones in U.S.
Qualcomm this week launched a major new patent dispute with Apple. Qualcomm is filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking to block the importation of iPhones that infringe on six Qualcomm patents loosely related to power efficiency.
ITC to Investigate 8 Phone Makers Over Patent Claims
The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate a complaint from Creative Technology / Creative Labs that accuses eight different smartphone makers of infringing on patents.
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.
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.
Microsoft Loses Patent Case to InterDigital
The International Trade Commission today ruled Microsoft improperly used two InterDigital wireless patents without permission. The ruling judge said "it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft [phones] from import into the United States." Patent-related complaints are often taken to the ITC, which has the power to enact such bans.
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Lets pay more bureaucrats to sit around and talk, but not actuially do anything.