Verizon May Ask Obama to Intervene in Patent Wars
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Verizon Wireless might ask President Barack Obama to overrule any importation injunctions delivered by the U.S. International Trade Commission in order to prevent the wireless industry from heading for a meltdown. The Journal explains, "Verizon thinks it would be great if President Obama, in a blanket statement, made clear he would not let stand any decision blocking importation of consumer wireless devices. The parties then would have to recur to normal patent litigation, and whatever rights and wrongs are discovered could be settled by exchanges of cash." Nearly every smartphone maker is entangled in patent-based litigation with its competitors. The ITC is considering a number of cases involving companies such as Apple, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Microsoft, RIM, Google, and others. Depending on the outcome of these patent cases, the ITC could block a wide number of handsets from entering the U.S. Such a move could spell a lot of trouble for the wireless industry. Verizon hasn't made any formal request for action from the president yet, as the ITC hasn't issued any final rulings on the pending cases.
ITC to Investigate 8 Phone Makers Over Patent Claims
The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate a complaint from Creative Technology / Creative Labs that accuses eight different smartphone makers of infringing on patents.
Microsoft Loses Patent Case to InterDigital
The International Trade Commission today ruled Microsoft improperly used two InterDigital wireless patents without permission. The ruling judge said "it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft [phones] from import into the United States." Patent-related complaints are often taken to the ITC, which has the power to enact such bans.
ITC to Investigate Nokia's Patent Complaints Against Apple
The U.S. International Trade Commission today said it will investigate claims made by Nokia that Apple's smartphones and tablets violate its patented technology.
Supreme Court to Hear Apple v. Samsung Patent Case
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Samsung's petition regarding its patent-based litigation with Apple.
Google, Verizon Sign Patent Pact
Google and Verizon Communications today entered into a multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement. The companies said the agreement covers a "broad range of products and technologies" and will help them "reduce the risk of future patent litigation." Both companies expressed interest in making similar patent-protection agreements with other high-tech businesses.
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THEY NEED TO ASK OBAMA TO INTERVENE
These patent litigations are...
Normally I think the government screws up everything it lays it's hands on, however...