U.S. Says Apple Can Bid on Nortel Patents
According to sources cited by Bloomberg, antitrust regulators of the U.S. government have given Apple permission to bid on the large collection of patents being auctioned off by Nortel next week. The government had earlier indicated that it was keeping its eye on Apple's interest in the patents. Bloomberg's sources say the government will continue to monitor the auction and make a final assessment once a sale has been reached.
Verizon Won't Sell Huawei Phones Either, Says Bloomberg
Verizon Wireless has cancelled any and all plans it had to sell handsets from Chinese phone maker Huawei due to pressure from the federal government, according to sources cited by Bloomberg. Verizon Wireless was on deck to sell Huawei's flagship device, the Mate 10 Pro, but has bowed to the government's wishes.
Apple Says Qualcomm Violating Patents
Apple today filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm over power-management patents. The claim counters a July lawsuit filed by Qualcomm against Apple.
Jury Says Apple Owes University $234 Million
A Wisconsin jury said Apple owes $234 million for using the university's patented technology without permission. Apple was found to violate the patents, owned by the Wisconsin Academic Research Fund (WARF), earlier this week.
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.
VirnetX Lawsuit Returns to Take a Bite Out of Apple
Apple was ordered this week to pay VirnetX Holding Corp $302 million in damages for violating the company's patented technology. This case has been bouncing around the court system since 2010 when VirnetX accused Apple's FaceTime app of using its intellectual property concerning VPNs without permission.
Let's give Apple even more stranglehold over technology. Yet even more ways for Apple to lockdown things and control various markets and technologies. Joy!
Oh wait, this means there will be even more companies for Apple to sue. Oh happy day!