HTC faces new troubles in the US after the International Trade Commission issued a preliminary decision in Nokia's favour over two of its patents.
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The US judge presiding over the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung has denied Apple a ban on the sale of Samsung products that the jury had ruled infringed on Apple's patents.
The Korean firm has folded Apple's flagship smartphone into an existing lawsuit covering iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Meanwhile, a judge has lifted a temporary ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, as a jury found it was not infringing on Apple's patents.
The New Zealand Government has moved ahead with plans to ban patents on software, but an exemption to the ban has left open-source developers outraged.
International Trade Commission rules HTC violated one of Apple's patents and faces import ban in U.S. starting April 2012, but observer says this will not really impact Taiwanese company's business, report notes.
A caller ID patent holder is suing Apple for alleged infringement of two core patents, and is asking a court to ban iPhone sales in the U.S.
It seems that Nokia kicked over the hornet's nest back in October when they sued Apple for infringing on patents that they claim others have been legitimately paying for while Apple has been refusing to pay for. Not surprisingly, Apple then sued Nokia for infringing on their patents. We then recently saw a rather stupid request from Nokia to have Apple iPhone, iPod, and Mac computers banned from being imported. Of course, the latest filing from Apple asking the US government to ban Nokia phone imports is the expected retaliation we have come to expect from these two.
The growing popularity of business process patents, and the fact that it will be hard to ban them entirely, shows why shorter patent lengths may be the best way to fix the system.
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