Apple Case Against Motorola/Google Dismissed
Google today said that one of the patent-related lawsuits filed by Apple against its Motorola subsidiary has been dismissed with prejudice. "Motorola has long offered licensing to our extensive patent portfolio at a reasonable and non-discriminatory rate in line with industry standards," said Google in a statement. "We remain interested in reaching an agreement with Apple." Apple, Motorola, Microsoft, Samsung, and other cell phone and wireless equipment makers have been battling over smartphone patents for years. In this particular lawsuit, Apple accused Google/Motorola of abusing its standard essential patents and violated the FRAND licensing guidelines. In pre-trial motions, Apple had agreed, in theory, to pay less than $1 in patent licensing fees per device if so ordered by the court. The case was dismissed by federal judge Barbara B. Crabb in the Western District of Wisconsin because in her view it wasn't worth holding the trial.
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.
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft sued Motorola for failing to pay it patent-licensing fees for technology found in Motorola's Android smartphones.
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 Sues Qualcomm In China
Apple has filed a fresh lawsuit against Qualcomm, this time in China where it alleges Qualcomm abused its market position to score higher patent-licensing fees. Apple also said Qualcomm failed to honor its promise to license standard essential patents at fair rates, reports Reuters.
Apple Must Pay VirnetX $625 Million Over Patent Violations
Apple has been ordered to compensate VirnetX $625 million for using one of the company's patents without permission. VirnetX's patent covers "the use of a domain-name service to set up virtual private networks." Under VirnetX's patent, the VPNs are then used by corporations to communicate with customers or employees.
Apple can't afford $2 per item?
People should evaluate what company they are giving their money to.
For the same reason, Apple pays 2% taxes on their incomes, globally (not that other Mega-Corps aren't guilty of it as well.).
"agreed ... to pay less than $1 ... if so ordered"?
Maybe it's not that kind of trial, but I'm not about to try this method in traffic court.