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.
Qualcomm Says iPhone Violating 16 More Patents
Qualcomm this week filed yet more lawsuits against Apple over alleged patent infringement. Three new lawsuits say Apple's iPhones violate some 16 additional Qualcomm patents.
Nokia and Samsung Expand Patent Agreement
Nokia and Samsung have broadened an existing patent cross-licensing agreement to include more intellectual property. The companies ended patent litigation between the two in February with an initial cross-licensing agreement.
Apple and Ericsson Sign Patent Accord, Settle Lawsuits
Apple and Ericsson have signed a patent-licensing agreement and put an end to on-going patent litigation between the two. Ericsson said the deal is broad and covers 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE technologies.
Apple to Create Its Own GPU for the iPhone
Apple is developing a new graphics chip for the iPhone that will see the end of its long-term relationship with Imagination Technologies. Apple has relied on Imagination for years to provide the iPhone's GPU.