RIM Licenses 30,000 Patents from Intellectual Ventures
Research In Motion today announced that it has licensed the use of intellectual property — which includes some 30,000 patents — from Intellectual Ventures. By licensing the IP, RIM will be able to use certain technologies created and patented by others in its own products and services without fear of lawsuits or other negative financial outcomes. RIM has run afoul of patent trouble in the past, and paid patent-holding company NTP a $612 million judgement in 2006.
Motorola Found to Infringe on MMS Patent
A Delaware jury today said Motorola violated a patent held by Intellectual Ventures. The patent pertains to how multimedia messages function on mobile devices.
Google Makes LTE Patents Available Through Via Licensing
Via Licensing today said that Google has added its LTE patents to its broader pool of LTE patents. Via Licensing collects wireless patents from a broad range of companies with the intent of licensing them at fair and reasonable rates.
Apple's Patent Consortium to Sell 4,000 Patents for $900M
Rockstar Consortium, a patent-holding company headed by Apple, has agreed to sell more than 4,000 mobile patents for about $900 million. Apple and partners Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony paid $4.5 billion for more than 6,000 patents from Nortel four years ago in order to help protect against litigation.
Apple Cleared of Violating Conversant Patents
Apple was exonerated in a Texas courtroom Monday where a jury found it had not infringed on five wireless patents held by Conversant Intellectual Property Management. Core Wireless, a Conversant subsidiary, sued Apple in 2012 over a dozen patents.