HTC Sues Apple Using Former Google Patents
HTC has filed another lawsuit against Apple, this time regarding nine patents it acquired from Google as recently as last week, reports Bloomberg. The patents originally belonged to Palm, Motorola, and Openwave, and came into Google's ownership in the last 12 months. The patents were transferred from Google to HTC on September 1. The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Delaware, says Apple is in violation of the patents. HTC also filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission. The details of the patents in question weren't immediately provided.
Verizon Rolls Out Trade-In Offer to Match New Unlimited Plan
Verizon Wireless today announced a promotional trade-in offer that will give a free flagship-class phone to those who switch from other carriers. The offer requires users to select Verizon's new $80 monthly unlimited plan.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Google Settles with Rockstar Over Patents
Google disclosed this week that it has settled a lawsuit filed against it by Rockstar regarding mobile device patents. Rockstar is a patent-holding consortium led by Apple.
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.
Apple Sues Qualcomm In China
Apple has filed a fresh lawsuit against Qualcomm, this time in China where it alleges Qualcomm abused its market position to score higher patent-licensing fees. Apple also said Qualcomm failed to honor its promise to license standard essential patents at fair rates, reports Reuters.
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