Google/Motorola Ordered To Relinquish Development Data To Apple

The lawsuit wars continue between Apple and Google and Motorola. U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner ruled yesterday that Motorola and Google must hand over details on the development of Google’s Android operating system as well as information regarding the recent [pending] acquisition of Motorola by Google. Apple’s lawyers claim “The Android/Motorola acquisition discovery is highly relevant to Apple’s claims and defenses”, but Motorola has opposed the request, stating “Google’s employees and documents are not within the ‘possession, custody, or control’ of Motorola, and Motorola cannot force Google to produce documents or witnesses over Google’s objections.”

So there we have it, another interesting twist in the tech-giant soap opera drama that is Apple vs. The World. We’re sure to see more from Apple as time goes on, especially since the Google/Motorola acquisition poses an immediate threat to the company.

source: bloomberg

Two Patent Suits Dismissed by German Court in Apple/Samsung Legal War

It’s no secret that Apple and Samsung are not the best of friends. They’ve been firing legal bullets at each other for quite some time now. There’s 278 claims from Apple in Australia, a German skirmish with the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab issues in Australia, Antitrust complaints in California, and the list goes on and on and on.

In a seemingly balanced decision, German courts dismissed two patent suits on Friday, one from Apple and one from Samsung. Apple’s slide-to-unlock and Samsung’s 3G/UMTS claims are both on the chopping block. No word from Apple yet, but Samsung is planning an appeal.

More thoughts and a t-shirt after the break.

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Apple wins injunction against Motorola in Germany – Motorola shrugs nonchalantly


Seconds out, Round 10! Another day, another few haymakers thrown in the ongoing court battle between Apple and… well, everyone! Apple and Motorola seem to have a permanent residency within the German courts and today has seen Apple awarded an injunction against all Motorola products that violate on a patent related to photo management. The patent injunction specifically relates to the scroll animations within Motorola’s photo gallery.

The doors had barely shut at the Munich Regional Court in Germany before Motorola came forward with the following statement :

Today’s ruling in Munich, Germany on the patent litigation brought by Apple concerns a software feature associated with performing certain functions when viewing photos in a ‘zoomed in’ mode on mobile devices. We note that the Court ruled that performing the functions in a ‘zoomed out’ mode does not infringe on this patent. We expect no impact to supply or future sales as we have already implemented a new way to view photos on our products that does not interfere with the user experience.

So there you have it, Apple have seemingly won an injunction that prevents Motorola devices from doing something they don’t actually do. The litigation roller-coaster continues and you can bet your mortgage that there will be more fun and games to come over the next few months. I think this particular round is a split decision on the judges scorecards.


source : FOSS patents

Motorola Claims Apple Has Filed EU Patent Complaint

In another addition to the Apple vs Motorola saga, it appears that Apple has formally filed a European patent complaint against Motorola Mobility. Motorola, in a regulatory filing, issued the following statement.

“On February 17, 2012, the company received a letter from the European Commission notifying it that the Commission has received a complaint against Motorola Mobility, Inc. by Apple, Inc. regarding the enforcement of MMI’s standards-essential patents against Apple allegedly in breach of MMI’s FRAND (fair and reasonable) commitments.”

Motorola, currently in the process of an acquisition by Google,  won an injunction against Apple in Germany back in November. The European Commission polices competition between companies in the EU, and is currently investigating Samsung in a breach of anti-trust against Apple. This could be an interesting – albeit tedious at times – battle to watch.

source: reuters

Google’s Slide-to-Unlock Patent Filing from 2010 Published

In the back-and-forth patent battles between Apple and Android manufacturers, Apple was recently the latest victor when the German courts ruled in favor of the fruity-monikered empire, with Motorola being the casualty, and slide-to-unlock caught in the middle. This time, Google may be firing the next shot by getting a patent published that was filed in 2010. This patent clearly states it’s a slide-to-unlock concept. An excerpt from the abstract reads:

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Apple Steals Another Android Feature, Further Contradicts The Company’s Ongoing Lawsuits

Apple’s hopelessly contradictory actions are beginning to become as transparent as the window I’m currently sitting next to. They’ve sued Motorola, HTC and let’s not forget about Apple suing Samsung over, and over, and over again. All of these suits are based upon intellectual property that Apple claims is theirs and only theirs to use. This happens all the time in the business world, especially one that is so fuelled by innovation like the mobile device industry. However Apple doesn’t seem to have any shame for any of these legal actions, even after they blatantly steal or rip off ideas from other companies, namely Google and their Android 4.0 mobile operating system.

Well it seems to have happened again, as the folks over at BGR have wrestled a screenshot from the upcoming March update and it features something that Ice Cream Sandwich users will be familiar with by now: the ability to access camera functions and unlock your phone with swipes to the left and right, respectively. To be honest, if Apple didn’t sue anything that looks at its intellectual property with anything but a wad of cash in their hand, I wouldn’t find this too worrisome. You know, business as usual for the business world. However given the fact that Apple is known for suing other companies voraciously over “stolen” property — even with Steve Job’s famous mantra (quoted from Picasso) “good artists copy, great artists steal” — I personally believe that Apple should be given a firm back hand regarding who they take legal action upon, and more specifically what they sue over. But that’s just my opinion.

source: android community

Apple Moves Down The Queue, Sues Motorola Over Qualcomm License

Do I have a surprise for you! Well no, not really. Just another Apple vs. Motorola lawsuit, and this time Apple claims that Motorola’s German lawsuit against them breaches terms of a patent licensing agreement between Motorola and Qualcomm. Details are scarce at the moment, as both Motorola and Apple have declined to comment on the case and Qualcomm representatives can’t be reached.

In the coming weeks (or even days) Google is expected to receive approval of their multi-billion dollar takeover of Motorola. Google also announced earlier this week its intent to licence Motorola patents on fair and reasonable terms if the deal goes through. This could mean that not only is Apple picking a fight with Motorola, but in the grander scale, another fight with Google itself. Seems like Apple is a bully in the playground and Google is the kid that plays all their moves right to gain the upper hand.

source: reuters

Apple Targets The Galaxy Nexus, Requests Preliminary Injunction

Well, Apple is at it again! This time, the fruit giant has its sights set on the Galaxy Nexus. On Thursday, the public redacted version was made with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and became available on Friday. Apple’s motion against the Galaxy Nexus relates to four patents:

  1. The “data tapping” patent of which the ITC ordered an import ban against HTC
  2. A patent related to Siri and unified search
  3. A new slide-to-unlock patent
  4. A word completion patent that provides major speed enhancements to text input

It’s said to be that number 1 is of the most danger to Samsung, based on precedent in the HTC case as well as the fact that Android actually infringes on this at the operating system level (opposed to implemented by OEMs like Sense and TouchWiz). Although some of these new filings will actually hold a strong case against Samsung and Google, hit the break for my spin on the Apple patent circus.
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Google To Possibly Open Retail Store At Its European Headquarters In Dublin



Looks like Google is about to dive in to the retail business, perhaps going toe-to-toe with Apple. According to Bloomberg, Google recently made a filing and will possibly open its first stand-alone retail store at its European headquarters in Dublin. In case you’re unfamiliar, Google’s European headquarters in Dublin is the largest Google location outside of the U.S. The store would be located in Dublin’s Montevetro office block and include about 123 square meters (1,323 square feet) of space with an added mezzanine floor extension. It has already purchased the Montevetro space for 100 million euros (roughly $132 million) and once the renovation is complete, Google will have well over 3,000 employees in the Dublin area. Bloomberg adds “the planning application, prepared by consultants John Spain Associates for Google Ireland Inc., was approved by the Dublin City Council on Jan. 23.” Among the noteworthy features of the planning highlights a staff swimming pool in an area designed for use as a restaurant.

A full-fledged retail store is certainly not too surprising too. For starters, Bloomberg highlights Google already “has a store for its merchandise at its headquarters in California, which isn’t open to the public but also offers its merchandise at” Also, Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility is set to be complete in the near-future, which in part will help compete with Apple Store offerings— setting the stage for many exclusive devices, accessories or just anything Google to be displayed and glorified. Oh and don’t forget– Google has a major role in Androidland in Austrailia, in case you might have forgotten.

source: Bloomberg

Galaxy Tab 10.1N cleared for sale by German court

I hope the Execs at Samsung and Apple have a nice discount for hotel bookings in Germany as the 2 tech giants are in the docks overseas yet again.

The case for the prosecution on this occasion is Apple’s claim that the reworked Galaxy 10.1N tablet is still not significantly different from the iPad. The original 10.1 tab has been banned from sale in Germany since September 2011 after the courts backed Apple’s campaign to ban the device. In the latest chapter, the state court in Düsseldorf has ruled in Samsung’s favour stating that the redesigned 10.1N should not be banned as there are “clear differences” between the two tablets.

Apple and Samsung are currently locked in courtroom battles in several countries across the world and the recent string of rulings against Apple doesn’t seem to be deterring the Cupertino giants. Are you tired of reading about litigation instead of innovation? Let us hear your thoughts.

Source : Reuters