The company filing the most patents in Europe isn't in fact a European business, according to the continent's patent watchdog.
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Nokia's rivals fear that the company will begin unfairly milking its patent portfolio, according to the European Commission, but the organisation will be closely observing the former handset maker.
Europe could step in to solve more patent disputes, as Microsoft and Apple respectively gang up against Motorola over claims its licensing of patents is unfair.
News to know -- December 20-25: A look back at the news from London, the UK and wider Europe, on all the bits that were missed during the week's coverage.
A German court has imposed a preliminary injunction on Apple's 3G-enabled iOS devices across Europe for infringing a Motorola-held patent.
Amid continuing patent clashes between Apple and Samsung, European regulators are investigating whether antitrust law has been broken.
Samsung does not believe a Dutch court's decision to ban sales of its Galaxy Android smartphones will affect sales of the devices to the rest of Europe, the company said on Wednesday.The court in The Hague said that Samsung's Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Ace handsets infringed on an Apple patent relating to photo management.
An ongoing patent dispute between Sony and LG over Blu-ray technology has resulted in a 10-day import ban of the popular gaming console, according to reports.The import ban — in addition to "tens of thousands of PS3s seized by customs officers last week in the Netherlands" — could mean that suppliers begin to run out of consoles in approximately two to three weeks, the Guardian said on Tuesday.
The resulting resource drain on Asian patent offices can be overcome by establishing greater cooperation with Europe, says government official from the island-state.
With the Community Patent gathering pace, one campaigner warns that the European Patent Litigation Agreement could open the door to a 'flood of software patent lawsuits in Europe'
Campaigners have blocked a proposal that they claim would have opened the floodgates to patent lawsuits across Europe
This time the debate around software patents in Europe is going to be 'bigger and more complex' according to an anti-patent campaigner
Mobile providers sick of "excessive" royalties...
Landslide decision is a victory for the anti-patent movement and a loss for many large companies.
Software patents are still in the news. The European patent directive continues to lumber forward, despite overwhelming opposition from groups on all corners -- excepting the big software companies that will win big if sofware patents become law in Europe as well as the U.
Small businesses in Europe have filed far fewer software patents at the European Patent Office than multinationals, according to the latest study
European Commission says it will let controversial directive die if the European Parliament disapproves. But some say it's a power play.
The European Commission says it will let the controversial software-patent directive die if enough opposition to it is mustered in the European Parliament. But some see this as a veiled threat.
An IT law expert predicts the threat of litigation over patent violations will seriously hamper Linux development in Europe if the CIID is passed
Tuesday 22/2/2005Trying to keep track of the slurry of outrage, double-dealing and antagonism over software patents is turning into a full time job. So far this week, there's been more confusion in Europe and a shock patent attack on stock market systems -- and it's only Tuesday.
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