Queen’s University files patent lawsuit against Samsung over “Smart Pause” feature

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Queen’s University in Canada and a related non-for-profit entity, PARTEQ Innovations, have filed a lawsuit against Samsung alleging the company’s “Smart Pause” technology infringes on a patent filed by the university back in March 2003. The patent was for a technology called “Attentive User Interface” (AUI) which would track the eyes of a user and cause a device to perform certain actions based on detected eye movements. For instance, if a user looked away from a screen, a video being played on the device would pause. You may recognize this as being similar, if not the same, as Samsung’s Smart Pause feature found on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. Read more

Judge denies Samsung’s motion for a retrial in ongoing patent lawsuit

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Yep, more Samsung/Apple patent news. Judge Lucy Koh, who has been the judge over this enormous patent lawsuit since the very beginning, has denied Samsung’s motion for a retrial based on some particularly unsavory comments made by one of Apple’s lawyers. Apple tried to argue that letting Korean-based Samsung continue to “infringe patents” owned by American companies would destroy American companies’ ability to make quality products. Read more

Nokia wins fourth German patent lawsuit against HTC

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It seems the patent fight between Nokia and HTC hasn’t ended yet. Nokia once again won another German patent lawsuit filed against HTC. A German court ruled that HTC violated Nokia’s patent EP 1578613 B1 related to a “method and apparatus for enabling a mobile station to adapt its revision level based on network protocol revision level.” The patent relates to how newer devices are compatible with older technology networks. HTC has already licensed Nokia’s Standard-Essential Patents (SEPs) but this patent is not a Standard-Essential Patent.

The court found HTC infringing on this Nokia patent and ordered an injunction to prevent the import and sale of all HTC devices in Germany that violate the patent. HTC will also have to pay for damages, which will be determined in a separate proceeding.

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Huawei settles with Rockstar Consortium, pays to avoid any legal battle

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Back in October, Rockstar Consortium launched a fierce patent lawsuit against Google and Android. Then in December, Google decided to fight back and stated Rockstar’s own CEO said that every tech company is infringing on their patents. Google, rightfully so, was sticking up for their Android OEMs. But now Rockstar has made one of them give in. Rather than going through a legal battle with a group that has much more power, Huawei has decided to pay off Rockstar.

Had Huawei stood up to Rockstar, they would have faced a group led by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony, and Ericsson. Since Huawei filed a joint motion with Rockstar, the group will now likely push harder against the remaining OEMs they previously sued — Samsung, LG, HTC, ASUS, Pantech, and ZTE. If history means anything, we know one of them will put up a good fight.

Source: FOSS Patents

Google found to infringe push notification services patent

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Just like that, out of nowhere, Google was found guilty of five claims of U.S. Patent No 7,025,914 involving push notification services. The patent in question is owned by SimpleAir, an inventor-owned technology licensing company that holds eight issued U.S. patents. The Google services involved are Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM). These services are used to send instant notifications for Android apps such as Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter.

The verdict took place this past Saturday, January 18th after a week-long trial in Marshall, Texas, and was presided over by the Honorable Rodney Gilstrap. Although the jury found Google guilty on all five claims, they weren’t able to reach a unanimous decision on the amount of damages. It will now be decided by a new separate jury that will hear a limited second trial. SimpleAir is seeking over $125 million in damages.

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New ruling says Samsung infringed on Apple autocomplete patent

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With a new patent trial scheduled to start on March 31, 2014 between Apple and Samsung, Judge Lucy Koh has entered a summary judgment order on some motions from the two parties. Judge Koh denied some requests from Apple, but did rule that Samsung infringed an Apple patent on “word recommendations” aka autocomplete. At this point, Samsung will now have to argue at trial that the patent itself should be ruled invalid. Considering the ubiquity of autocomplete on any smartphone, this ruling could be a problem for manufacturers of other Android devices. Reportedly, Google is involved with an anonymous reexamination request of the patent. As the parties prepare for trial, Apple still has five patents at issue with one of them ruled as being infringed upon by Samsung even before the jury starts to hear the case. Read more

Decision from Supreme Court pending on whether police need warrants to search cell phones

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Privacy is a bigger issue than it’s ever been before— and there are certainly some rules that needed to be checked up on, especially within government. There is currently a pending Supreme Court ruling on whether police need warrants to search cell phones. This is a pretty important ruling, as it will decide a lot in terms of precedents for the future of the privacy rights of Americans.

There isn’t any schedule for the hearings yet, so we’ll keep you updated as the case unfolds. 

Source: Engadget

German court dismisses Nokia patent lawsuit against HTC

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HTC finally caught a break! One of Nokia’s patent lawsuits against HTC in Germany has been dismissed. Wondering what the lawsuit was about? Apparently Nokia owns a patent on receiving phone calls on a device while it’s updating. We’ll argue about how silly that patent is later.

HTC was clearly thrilled about the news, and they believe that it may eventually lead to Nokia’s patent being invalidated. Nokia, on the other hand, may try to appeal the case, but I can’t imagine they’d have much more luck a second time around.

We finally have some good patent lawsuit news. Hopefully we’ll see more of that in 2014.

source: FOSS Patents

via: Android Authority

Apple takes another swing at the Samsung sales ban

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As 2013 draws to a close, what better way to remind us that life marches on despite the numbers on the calendar than a new development in the never-ending story of Apple versus Samsung. Apple has yet again filed a request in Federal District Court with Judge Lucy Koh asking for a sales injunction on more than 20 smartphone and tablet devices produced by Samsung. More accurately, they were produced by Samsung a few short years ago, but currently none of the products are on the market. Read more

Google fights back, sues Apple and Microsoft backed Rockstar patent troll

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Last month we told you about Rockstar, which is a company formed by Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Sony, and Ericsson. They are using the patents won from the Nortel bid to attack Android manufacturers. Rockstar is essentially a patent troll with its only function being litigation. They filed a suit against Google and other Android manufacturers last month, but Google is fighting back in an attempt to not only protect themselves, but all of Android and the manufacturers.

Google’s complaint, filed this past Monday, claims that Rockstar’s patent campaign is attacking hundreds of tech companies and it has “placed a cloud on Google’s Android platform,” especially Nexus devices. Google also stated that Rockstar’s CEO said that Facebook, LinkedIn and every other tech company is infringing on these old Nortel patents.

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