Chinese regulators will end Qualcomm's 'reverse patent licence' practice that allows the chip makers' clients to employ each other's patents free of charge, Chinese reports said this week, indicating that the patent wars between smartphone makers are likely to begin.
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Ericsson has handed over a chunk of its IP to Unwired Planet, a company that used to make mobile software but now negotiates licence fees, best known for its patent fights with some of mobile's biggest names.
The first patent-related court showdown between Apple and Motorola in the US since Google bought Motorola has been scrapped, after a Chicago judge decided neither company could back up the levels of damages they were calling for.Apple sued Motorola in 2010 over Apple patents allegedly used without a licence in Motorola's Android phones and tablets.
Google chief executive Larry Page has taken the stand again in the legal battle between his company and Oracle over the use of patents in Android
The Korean company will pay Microsoft royalties for each Android device it sells, under a cross-licensing deal that also sees it work with Microsoft on Windows Phone hardware
According to a letter sent from Apple to Lodsys, the firm behind the threatening letters being sent to app developers, devs are already licensed to use Lodsys patents.
In a filing responding to Oracle's most recent claims about Android, Google said its opponent had 'redacted or deleted' significant elements of the code it presented as evidence of copying
H.264 video that is free to end users will remain royalty-free with an indefinite extension, according to patent pool MPEG-LA
Perpetual motion - a technology so outside the laws of physics that even the patent office refuses to touch it - is back.Or it will be when Steorn, the Emerald Isle's leading proponents of the art, shows off working machines and opens the tech up to anyone who wants a licence.
Samba project leader Jeremy Allison has accused Microsoft of trying to prevent people using and distributing software under the GNU General Public Licence, by forcing cross-patent licensing deals.
Jeremy Allison, leader of the Samba project, views Microsoft's patent suit against TomTom as part of wider attempt to undermine the open-source GPL software licence
Australian government research body CSIRO is standing firm on its claims to Wi-Fi patents and refusing to offer any guarantee it won't sue manufacturers of next generation wireless products.
The Free Software Foundation has put forward a recommendation to those distributing software under free and open-source licences to help them avoid legal pitfalls
Microsoft's patent strategy is thrown into sharp relief by HP's leaked memo, and the evidence for war is mounting
The networking company claims it may follow IBM's lead and commit to a wholesale internal rollout of desktop Linux
Open source developers may find that they come across licence requirements as they work with .Net technology
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The $16bn deal that will see Dell heavily use IBM's state-of-the-art components could be the just the precursor to the far more important development of a virtual company that combines the former's top-class supply chain and fulfilment with the latter's leading research and development.Whatever IBM's woes over the last decade it remains a world leader in product innovation.
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