Software firms are coaxing U.S. lawmakers to protect patent law because they encourage tech innovation and protect research, and not be put off by the current court battles over intellectual property. The U.S. patent system isn't perfect, but lawmakers and judges shouldn't solve current controversies by eliminating software patents altogether, executives with Microsoft,...
(3 months and 24 days ago)
A German court has invalidated an Apple patent for the slide-to-unlock feature on mobile phones, according to a published report. The Thursday ruling by Bundespatentgericht, Germany's federal patent court, is a victory for Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility. Apple has sought injunctions prohibiting the sale of devices from both companies. The Bundespatentgericht...
(2 months and 16 days ago)
It seems Apple is going to lose its slide-to-unlock gesture patent, at least in the EU, since a German court has declared it invalid. Everything started last year when Apple won an injunction against Motorola Mobility and attempted to ban the sales of certain devices. Encouraged by its victory Apple tried to sue Samsung over the same technology, but the case was suspended...
(2 months and 15 days ago)
Oracle and managed services provider ServiceKey have come to a proposed settlement of an intellectual-property lawsuit Oracle filed against the company last year. Oracle sued ServiceKey in February 2012, alleging that it and another company, Federal Business Systems Corporation, were part of a "gray market" conspiracy that unlawfully used Oracle's software code and log-in...
(25 days ago)
A patent that Motorola Mobility used to force Apple to turn off its iCloud push mail service in Germany is likely to be invalid, the Higher Regional Court in Karlsruhe said on Wednesday -- but the ban will not be lifted, a court spokeswoman said.Apple was ordered to stop offering push mail services in Germany in February last year after the District Court in Mannheim found...
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has told Apple that it cannot enforce its famous “rubber banding” patent because the feature, as cool as it might be, is not a novel idea. The decision hands Samsung a small victory in ...
(2 months and 18 days ago)
This is an interesting little tale from the near interminable Apple patent wars. And it's an interesting guide to the way that patent laws really are not the same the world over. For it appears that a German court has invalidated Apple's slide to unlock patent: The Bundespatentgericht (federal patent court) in Munich ruled that the famous patent is invalid because European...
(2 months and 11 days ago)
Hurd tells reporters in Japan that he's happy at Oracle
(2 months and 26 days ago)
PATENT WIN: Drugmaker Pfizer gets an 18-month extension on a key patent for its blockbuster anti-inflammatory painkiller, as the federal government grants a new patent for Celebrex. It replaces a patent invalidated by a federal appeals court due to technical deficiencies.
(3 months and 15 days ago)
A Motorola Mobility patent that was successfully used to force Apple to turn off its iCloud push email services for users in Germany last year could be invalid, the District Court in Mannheim, Germany, said on Friday.The court said it doubted the validity of Motorola's patent entitled "Multiple Pager Status Synchronization System and Method," also known as the push...
(2 months and 1 day ago)
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