Pantech Licences Patents from Intellectual Ventures
Intellectual Ventures recently announced that handset maker Pantech has agreed to license a selection of its patent portfolio. In addition to access to Intellectual Ventures' patent portfolio, Pantech can also participate in Intellectual Ventures' IP-for-Defense program, which helps protect companies from patent-based litigation. Pantech didn't disclose what patents it licensed, and terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Motorola Found to Infringe on MMS Patent
A Delaware jury today said Motorola violated a patent held by Intellectual Ventures. The patent pertains to how multimedia messages function on mobile devices.
Samsung and InterDigital Strike Patent Accord
InterDigital today announced it has reached a patent licensing agreement with Samsung. The agreement, which InterDigital called "mutually beneficial," also puts to rest all pending litigation between the two companies.
Apple's Patent Consortium to Sell 4,000 Patents for $900M
Rockstar Consortium, a patent-holding company headed by Apple, has agreed to sell more than 4,000 mobile patents for about $900 million. Apple and partners Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony paid $4.5 billion for more than 6,000 patents from Nortel four years ago in order to help protect against litigation.
Euro Commission Takes Stand Against Patent Abuse
The European Commission today ruled that Motorola had broken the law by suing Apple over standard essential patents. Apple had agreed to license Motorola's patents, but when the two companies couldn't agree on a price, Apple used the patented technology anyway and was eventually sued by Motorola.