LG and Sony Bury the Patent Hatchet, Strike a Deal
LG and Sony have settled a long-running patent dispute between the two companies that has spanned several years. The dispute involved smartphones, as well as TV and Blu-ray technology. The dispute began when the two companies failed to renegotiate a cross-licensing deal in 2008. Sony filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to block LG from important certain smartphones. The two companies affirmed that the patent litigation has been dropped, and that a new cross-licensing agreement has been signed, but didn't provide details on the terms.
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.
Microsoft and Samsung Bury the Patent Hatchet
Microsoft and Samsung have come to terms ending a dispute over patents and royalty fees. Google's Android operating system uses a number of patented Microsoft technologies and Android handset makers pay Microsoft a fee to use them.
BlackBerry and Cisco Forge Patent Cross-Licensing Pact
BlackBerry and Cisco today announced that they have signed a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement. The agreement applies to a number of products and technologies, though the companies didn't specify which ones.
Apple and Nokia Bury the Patent Hatchet
Apple today said it has settled its patent complaints against Nokia and the two have signed a multi-year patent license. The two corporations sued one another in December of last year concerning licensing fees for Nokia's patents.