Motorola's 3G Patent Suit Against Apple Dismissed in Germany
The Mannheim Regional Court today dismissed a lawsuit filed by Motorola against Apple concerning what Motorola called a standards essential 3G/UMTS patent. The patent in question covered the "method and system for generating a complex pseudonoise sequence for processing a code division multiple access [CDMA] signal." The judge overseeing the lawsuit said that Motorola did not effectively argue its case, and ruled that Apple is not infringing on the patent. Motorola and Apple have traded courtroom wins and losses regarding smartphone patents. Patent litigation is rampant across the smartphone industry, with lawsuits pending in dozens of countries.
Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1 Boasts Titanium Frame, Magnetic Mods
May 30, 2017
Essential Products, the startup being run by Andy Rubin, who helped create the Android operating system, announced its first smartphone today, the PH-1. The PH-1 is a high-end handset crafted from a titanium shell that Rubin claims is more robust than aluminum and more resistant to damage when dropped.
Andy Rubin's Essential Sued Over Magnetic Connector Tech
Oct 16, 2017
A company called Keyssa has filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Essential, the maker of the PH-1 smartphone, backed by former Google exec Andy Rubin. The lawsuit pertains to magnetic wireless connectors that can pass information and current from one device to another, such as the magnetic module accessory system used on the PH-1.
Essential Cans Plans for New Phone, Puts Itself Up for Sale
May 24, 2018
Essential Products is for sale, reports Bloomberg, and has cancelled plans to develop a new phone. The company has hired a financial firm in order to help advise it on a potential sale, according to Bloomberg's sources, who also say Essential has already received interest from one possible buyer.
Supreme Court Refusal Means Samsung Owes Apple $120M
Nov 6, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court today said it will not review an appeal made by Samsung to overturn a $120 million fine owed to Apple for violating the latter's patented technology.