Vringo Hits ZTE with Patent Lawsuit
Vringo today filed a lawsuit against ZTE's operations in the U.K., alleging that the Chinese telecom equipment and handset maker is violating its patents. Vringo makes and markets a product called Facetones for smartphone platforms, but also recently acquired 500 mobile technology patents from Nokia. It is some of these 500 patents, many of which have been deemed standard essential, that Vringo alleges ZTE of violating. "ZTE has elected not to take a license to patents in Vringo's portfolio relevant to certain international standards, despite manufacturing and selling devices and equipment for a number of years that are said by ZTE to be compliant with those standards," said Vringo. Vringo called this lawsuit a first step in its "global licensing and enforcement program."
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.
Apple Says Qualcomm Violating Patents
Apple today filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm over power-management patents. The claim counters a July lawsuit filed by Qualcomm against Apple.
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.
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.