Steve Jobs retires as Apple CEO, replaced by Tim Cook

Well, well, well… isn’t this just the latest in “wow” news from the mobile world. Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, Founder, and overall grand master of Apple, Inc. has just resigned as CEO. In his place will be Tim Cook, Apple’s previous Chief Operating Officer. The Apple Board of Directors made this announcement mere minutes ago.

According to Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech,

“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company. Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

So what does this mean for the mobile space? With such a huge player as Apple changing so dramatically, it’s hard to tell. Will Apple continue on its warpath to patent out the universe? Will mobile continue to be as big a part of Apple’s game plan? Time will give all these answers. All we know is that we’re reeling from the news. We knew the day was coming, we just weren’t sure when. Hopefully, this could be another major break for Google to part the waters and continue in the growth pattern they’ve been seeing for so long.

Here’s to you, Steve Jobs. We wish you well, but hope this proves to be a major stepping stone for Android. What do you think this means for the mobile space? Let us know in the comments below.

[via yahoo]

Out of Motorola Mobility’s 17,000 (and 7,500 Pending) Patents, 18 Will be Key to Protecting Android

After it was announced that Google would acquire Motorola Mobillity, I wondered exactly what patents Google had their sights on. Number wise, this upcoming acquisition will bring in 17,000 existing patents and another 7,000 that are still pending from Motorola Mobility.

Out of the 17,000 patents, it seems 18 of them may be the most useful to defend Android. David Mixon, a patent lawyer at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, says this group of patents encompasses technology essential to the mobile-device industry including location services, antenna designs, e-mail transmission, touchscreen motions, software-application management and third generation wireless. To be a little more specific, the article states:

One patent from 2001 disables a “touch sensitive” sensor when a smartphone is near a user’s head to prevent inadvertent hang-ups or dialing. Another from 1994 aims to increase data storage, while a third enables users to control when a global positioning system sends their location data over a network.

In addition to the Apple battle, Motorola Mobility proposed that Microsoft has infringed on some of its patents over video technology and is looking to block imports of the Xbox video-game console. Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies & Co., says it as simple as possible stating “This is a war”.

With that said, the Google acquisition isn’t approved yet, so there may be a ways to go for this battle. I hope that the same amount of energy that’s going into these battles is also being put into new ideas. That statement applies to all the manufactures as everyone seems to be tied up in these battles with each other. Protecting technology and ideas are important, but I hope it will not hinder what’s really important to the consumers, which is competition. Check out the article for yourself and see what you think. What do you see as the end result of Google’s acquisition?

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For those of you trying to keep track at home – Who’s Suing Who? [INFOGRAPHIC]

There are so many patent infringement accusations in the air right now that if you were trying to keep track, you’ve likely either lost track or given up. Reuters, however, has made an info-graphic to help keep it straight. Even so, the diagram is still a bit convoluted by the patent chaos so hope it helps! Please note the graphic was produced August 17th, no doubt with the rate at which things are going there are plenty more patent claims not factored in.

[via Eurodroid]

Patent protection advocate asks for help in the investigation of Apple and Microsoft’s purchase of the Nortel patents

A few weeks ago we reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was going to investigate the pending sale of over 6,000 Nortel patents to a consortium led by Apple and Microsoft. If approved, the deal would be completed sometime during this quarter.

Keith Bergelt, CEO of the Open Invention Network is asking for help. He wants developers and users to step up to the plate and share their views with the DOJ with the hopes that the sale will be denied or altered. The Open Invention Network was formed in 2005 to promote Linux by using patents to create a collaborative environment. These patents are available royalty-free to any company, and is currently backed by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony.

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Apple Could Have Tampered with Evidence Against Samsung Yet Again

Here we go again. We have more news about Apple possibly tampering with image evidence against Samsung, this time pointed at the Samsung Galaxy S. Just this past Monday we reported that altered images were submitted to a German court by Apple. The image showed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 dimensions were changed to match the iPad. In this new report, an image submitted to a Netherlands court by Apple presents the Galaxy S as the exact same height as the iPhone 3GS (though the image of the Galaxy seems to be only reduced in size).

If all the tampering is true, it’s completely ridiculous in 2011 to think altering images would go unnoticed. As our own Robert Nazarian mentioned in his post linked above, there is no question the physical devices themselves will be presented. I would hope that the courts will not stand for any of this, but I’m sure there will be plenty of BS to cover the reasons behind the images. What do you think the repercussions will be for this if any? Hit us up in the comments.

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Apple asks Dutch court to stop all sales of Samsung Galaxy branded phones and tablets for all of Europe

Last week we reported that Apple and Samsung had it out in a Dutch court. Apparently Apple is asking the court to stop Samsung from selling ALL Galaxy branded phones and tablets in Europe. They even asked them to recall units that are already in stores.

In case you are not up to speed, a German court gave Apple a preliminary injunction on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for all of Europe, except the Netherlands. Samsung was never given a chance to argue, but they will on  August 25th. For now, the same German court reversed the injunction for all of Europe except Germany.

The case in Germany only involved community design which basically means that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looks similar to the iPad. The Dutch court battlefield is different because Apple finally brought patent infringements into the mix.

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HTC Sues Apple Over Patent Infringement

HTC Corp says it has filed complaints against Apple Inc. with the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court in Delaware alleging patent infringement. HTC seeks to halt U.S. imports and sales concerning Macintosh computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones and other devices. Of three patents in particular, (obtained in 2008 and 2010, relating to WiFi capabilities and similar functions), HTC is seeking compensatory damages as well as triple damages for willful infringement.  HTC’s General Counsel Grace Lei said in a statement:

“We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones.”

Unfortunately, these developments are far from rare lately in the recent patent wars. Apple is perhaps more comfortable on the other side of such litigation though, having filed suit on many competitors including HTC over several smartphone related patents in the same Delaware courthouse. Statements from Apple regarding the HTC suits have amounted to the same old tune, Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet merely repeated a recent statement made by Apple CEO Steve Jobs: “Competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

[via reuters]

European Ban On Galaxy Tab 10.1 Lifted By German Court For All But Germany

Here’s a switch for you: The same German court which last week ruled in favor of Apple to ban sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 throughout Europe has now lifted that same ban on all EU countries except for Germany. The court was concerned it did not have the authority to prevent a South Korean company from selling their product beyond their own borders with a preliminary injunction.

Samsung may now begin shipping there tab elsewhere as they wait for that August 25th hearing to decide further on this new limited ban. All the while, more muddy watered accusations are flying over whether Apple may have tampered with evidence in the case.

[via eurodroid]

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The Smartphone Cold War: Is the Motorola Mobility Acquisition Google’s Greatest Move, Or Their Worst?

It’s quite possibly the biggest mobile news of the summer. Google is coughing up $12.5 billion in order to buy out Motorola Mobility. The move is so controversial, even the great economists of our country have wildly differing opinions. Now, I’m not saying by any means that I have even close to the knowledge of the people picking this development apart, but I’m going to take a crack at it anyway. What I lack in formal education, I make up for in ability to research. I’ve spent all day combing through reports, websites, financial forums, and lord knows where else in hopes to present our readers with the possible benefits and pitfalls of this new “merger” as well as my own opinion. Let’s see what in the world Google has gotten themselves into.

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If Google is a crybaby then Apple is a coward for trying to take advantage of a broken system

What happens to cowards? They get slaughtered, and that is what Google did to Apple today when they announced their acquisition of Motorola. Before today the media was declaring Google a crybaby because they complained that Apple and Microsoft overpaid for the Nortel patents in an attempt to slow down Android with the courts rather than with innovation.

Apple and Microsoft did not “beat” out Google for the Nortel patents, they simply overpaid. Companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple don’t “lose” deals like this. Each one of these companies has the money to buy whatever they want, but of course they set their own limit of what they are willing to pay. It is no different than the Yankees and Red Sox when they bid on a high priced free agent. A limit is set, and if the other team wants the player more, they will get the player. Sometimes both bidders are close, and someone loses by a small margin, but in this case there is no indication that Google’s final bid was that close. The fact of the matter is Google wasn’t interested in paying four times the value of those patents just to be a patent troll.

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