October 18, 2018

In retrospect of the innumerous lawsuits Facebook has been combating since the past decade, it seems that they should buckle up even further, for the ride’s about to get bumpier. Facebook, along with its subsidiary Instagram, and two other social media companies namely Snap inc. and Foursquares Lab inc. will be facing a lawsuit on grounds of patent infringement.

The plaintiff Corrino Holdings LLC, is a non practicing entity with connections to IP Valuation Partners. After forming the company in December, Corrino holdings had acquired the asserted patents from Intellectual Ventures in June.

The Patents in question describes technology that revolves around Global Positioning Sy...

August 9, 2018

Cisco and Arista have ended a 4-year-old legal conflict over networking patents. Arista is set to pay Cisco a total of $400 million in damages in order in order to settle the dispute. The two companies have decided to use an arbitration process to address any patent issues which arise regarding new products that come out in the next three years.

In a joint statement, they stated - “Cisco and Arista have come to an agreement which resolves existing litigation and demonstrates their commitment to the principles of IP protection. They have agreed that, with limited exceptions, no new litigation will be brought over patents or copyrights to existing products, for five years.”  (...

August 9, 2018

A U.S. jury awarded IBM $82.5 million after finding that Groupon infringed four of its e-commerce patents. It had been a running battle between the two companies since 2016, when IBM accused Groupon  of failure to license technology and intellectual property which provided the foundation of e-commerce. Initially, IBM sought damages worth $167 million, which Groupon managed to bring down to half its value (source).

The verdict underlines IBM’S booming intellectual property licensing business, which brought $1.19 billion for the company the previous year. IBM holds more than 45000 patents and is widely regarded as the most prolific patentee in modern history.

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August 6, 2018

It never ceases to amaze me how fast the wireless communication sector has evolved. To keep up with the expectations of the consumer, in terms of faster speed and stronger connectivity, the pioneers in the industry have worked their fingers to the bone. And hence fueling the contest, as to who rules the markets.

LG and Ericsson have been one of the largest contributors to the 2G, 3G and 4G standards, and are determined to even dominate the 5G domain. Lately, the 2 companies had been in a patent licensing dispute which they finally decided to settle out of court. They’ve also renewed their global licensing agreement along fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms,...

August 6, 2018

Rev. Hyung "Sean" Jin Moon, a South Korean-American pastor has been accused of illegally using the decades old trademarked “Twelve Gates Mark” symbol of the Unification Church. The lawsuit against Rev. Moon was filed on Monday in the U.S. Middle District Court in Harrisburg by the Unification of World Christianity (also known as the Family Federation of World Peace). The plaintiff claimed that he had stolen the symbol for his own church, World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, to support his rather radical gun-centered theology. The plaintiff asserted that the political and religious ideologies on which Rev. Moon formed his cult were demeaning, and were worried it might degr...

July 12, 2018

What once seemed to be a series of relentless bickering, smartphone giants Apple and Samsung finally reached a settlement on June 29, 2018. Although terms for the agreement have not been disclosed, it is quite apparent that both the parties had had enough mutual drama, in and out of the courtroom.

When Apple filed its first lawsuit against Samsung back in 2011, the news set off alarms because Samsung at the time was a major component in Apple’s supply chain, which manufactured everything from DRAM and SSDs for MacBook Pros to the A4 and A5 processors in the iPhone, iPod touch, Apple TV, and iPad. In its complaint, Apple said “Instead of pursuing independent product developme...

April 18, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018: A federal jury in Eastern District of Texas awarded VirnetX Holding Corp. (VHC) with a $502.6 million verdict against Apple Inc. finding that Apple was infringing 4 secure communications patents – providing a new chapter to the now eight-year old battle between Zephyr Cove, Nevada based VirnetX and Cupertino-based Apple, Inc.

VirnetX first sued Apple back in 2010 (6:10-cv-00417), for which the jury awarded VirnetX $368 million in damages in November 2012 plus a 1 percent ongoing royalty on iPhones. The four patents-in-suit relate generally to creating Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections from a client to server by way of sending a domain name se...

December 29, 2016

Our present generation is most defined by the advent and rise of the smartphone, which brought technology from our desktops to our hands and further to our wrists. In a fray that saw technology companies like Apple grow to be world's most valuable companies, the fight for market dominance has been fought as much in the marketplace as in patent courts - starting with Nokia attacking Apple in a series of lawsuits in 2009 and 2010.

Nokia filed its first patent case against Apple, igniting the so called smartphone patent wars, on October 22, 2009 in the US District Court for Delaware. Nokia was visibly seething from the loss of its earlier prominence on the industry and as it be...

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