Apple, RIM, LG, Motorola, Others Sued for Patent Violations
A company called Imperium Holdings has filed a lawsuit against a number of mobile phone makers regarding what it claims are patent violations. The defendants named are Apple, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Research In Motion, and Sony Ericsson. Imperium Holdings alleges that the defendants have violated six different patents regarding imaging sensors. One of the patents concerns flicker reduction when under fluorescent lighting, one concerns pixel correction, and another concerns how CMOS cameras use multiple analog-to-digital (A/D) converters to obtain high frame rates. The patents in question are held by Conexant and ESS Technology. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. Eastern District Court in Texas.
Consumer Cellular Picks Up the ZTE Avid 916 and Moto G5 Plus
Consumer Cellular recently added the ZTE Avid 916 and Motorola Moto G5 Plus to its roster of Android-based smartphones. The Avid 916 (pictured), a variant of the ZTE Grand / Champ, includes a 5.5-inch 720p display, 1.3 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor, and 8 GB of internal storage.
Google Updates Daydream to Version 2.0 Euphrates
Google today provided some insight on its Daydream virtual reality platform and says a new version of Daydream will soon make its debut. Daydream 2.0 Euphrates targets standalone VR headsets and is powered by Android O.
Ericsson Sues Apple Over Telecom Patents
Ericsson today sued Apple in the U.S. and alleges the iPhone maker is violating multiple wireless patents.
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.
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.
Normally I'm used to reading about how some company was granted some extremely generic patent such as "The ability to send mobile email" that I wonder who the hell issued the patent. But, in this case, these sound like legit, specific patents.
Example: Chiffons record a song and patent it. George Harrison writes a song that sounds just like the Chiffons, has it patented and makes millions. You would think someone would've said: "This song sounds too similar to the Chiffo...