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.
Microsoft Brings Cortana Assistant to Skype for Android and iOS
Microsoft today ported its Cortana personal assistant to its Skype chatting application, providing people with access to information without forcing them to leave Skype. Microsoft says Cortana in Skype can suggest useful information based on chat contents, suggest smart replies, manage schedules and/or reminders, and more.
Microsoft Releases Edge Browser for Android and iOS, Launcher for Android
Microsoft today made a beta version of its Edge browser available to Android and iOS devices. The beta, available to registered Windows Insiders, requires users to initiate the signup process through a Windows 10 PC.
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.
Apple Vindicated in Another Patent Troll Lawsuit
Apple beat back a lawsuit brought on by a small Honolulu-based company over mobile device patents. GPNE alleged that nine Apple products, including the iPhone and iPad, violated certain patents it holds regarding pager technology.
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.
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.