Microsoft Agrees with Apple's Stance on Patent Rules
Microsoft today released a statement that echoes that of a request made by Apple for a set of guidelines that determine how companies license patents that are considered "essential" for certain products. "Industry standards are vitally important to the development of the Internet and to interoperability among mobile devices and other computers," the company said in a statement. "Consumers and the entire industry will suffer if, in disregard of this promise, firms seek to block others from shipping products on the basis of such standard essential patents." Microsoft pledged that it will: adhere to promises to make its standard essential patents available for fair terms; not seek injunctions against firms on the basis of essential patents; and will not transfer its standard essential patents to other firms unless those firms agree to its conditions. Microsoft licenses its smartphone patents to manufacturers of Android smartphones.
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
Nokia, Apple File Dueling Patent Lawsuits
Nokia and Apple have this week filed patent-related lawsuits against one another in various jurisdictions. Nokia's claims, filed in Germany and the U.S., say that Apple is using Nokia's patented technology without permission.
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.
Essential Delivering Security Patch to Essential Phone
Essential Products is pushing Android 8.1 Oreo to its PH-1 Essential Phone with bug and other fixes aboard. Essential says the update includes the February security patches from Google, dynamic calendar and clock icons, a fix for the slow-scrolling jitter issue, and more.
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