Courts Approve of Apple, RIM, Microsoft's Nortel Buy
Reuters today reports that judges in the United States and in Canada have approved an Apple-led consortium's bid on some 6,000 Nortel patents that were auctioned off in late June. Apple, RIM, Microsoft, EMC Corp, Ericsson, and Sony Corp out-bid rival Google for the patents, many of which pertain to wireless networking technologies. Combined, the companies bid a total of $4.5 billion for the patents. The auction was held to satisfy Nortel's financial obligations resulting from its bankruptcy.
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.
Ericsson Sues Apple in Three Countries Over Patent Misuse
Ericsson today stepped up its legal action against Apple with new lawsuits filed in the U.K., the Netherlands, and Germany. Ericsson asserts Apple is using its wireless technology patents without the proper licenses.
Jury Says Apple Owes VirnetX $503M Over Patents
VirnetX has won another courtroom victory over Apple, this time to the tune of $502.6 million. A jury in Texas this week found that Apple is violating four patents held by VirnetX concerning secure communications between mobile devices.
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.
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.
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