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U.S. Closes Samsung Patent Abuse Investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today officially closed its investigation into Samsung’s possible abuse of patents. The decision was made following the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) decision to overturn previously awarded bans on Apple products in the U.S. As part of the ongoing and years-long patent war between Samsung and Apple, Samsung was awarded sale bans on certain iPhone …

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Google and Samsung to Share Patents

The years-long legal fight between Apple and Samsung is continuing to rage in courts around the world. Other high-profile patent lawsuits have come and gone in recent years, creating an uneasy climate in which tech companies are now engaging in an expensive patent-gathering cold war. This situation has led to surprising developments in recent years, including massive patent cross-licensing agreements …

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Mark Cuban, Notch Donate 500K For Patent Reform

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit organization that champions the public intrest in digital rights battles, today announced that it has received two huge donations from very different entrepreneurs. Mark Cuban and Markus “Notch” Persson have each donated $250,000 dollars toward the EFF’s goal of reforming software patent laws. Cuban is the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and …

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Apple, HTC Settle All Their Patent Lawsuits

Apple and HTC announced this weekend that they have reached a global settlement that dismisses all current patent lawsuits between the companies. In addition, the companies have signed a ten-year license agreement that extends to current and future patents held by both Apple and HTC. The “terms” of the settlement are confidential, so it is unknown how much money has …

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FTC Staff Recommending Google Lawsuit [RUMOR]

According to a Bloomberg report, staff members of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are formally recommending to commissioners that Google be sued for violations of antitrust law. The report cites four unnamed people “familiar with the matter,” and states that the final decision on the case will come sometime after election day on November 6. The FTC investigation stems …

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Injunction Lifted by Court

A federal U.S. Appeals Court this week threw out a lower court’s preliminary injunction that Apple won against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Samsung had requested the injunction be lifted, though sales of the Galaxy Nexus were disrupted for only a week or so back in July of this year. Google was able to quickly modify the software on the phones …

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iPhone 5 Added to Samsung Patent Lawsuit

Samsung had already announced in a court filing that it was going to take on the iPhone 5 for suspected violations of patents it holds, and the company has stayed true to its word. Apple Insider is reporting that this week Samsung officially added Apple’s latest smartphone to a different lawsuit than the one Samsung lost last month. This lawsuit …

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iPhone 5 Added to Samsung vs. Apple Lawsuit

According to Foss Patents, Samsung this week filed a case management statement with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California stating that it believes the iPhone 5 will infringe on 8 of its patents “in the same way as other accused iPhone models.” It also states that it plans to add the iPhone 5 to the list …

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Samsung Waiting to Sue Apple Over iPhone 5’s LTE

Though Apple managed total victory in its U.S. patent lawsuit against Samsung, the most valuable company in history hasn’t fared quite so well in places such as Korea and Japan. Still, Apple is taking its win and running with it, requesting that many Samsung smartphones, including varieties of the Galaxy S II, be banned from sale in the U.S. A …

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Apple, Google Are Talking Out Their Patent Dispute

Reuters is reporting that Apple and Google are having serious conversations aimed at coming to an agreement on “a range of intellectual property matters,” including, of course, their patent disputes. Evidently, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Larry Page had a phone conversation regarding their companies last week, and other executives at the companies are conversing as well. Reuters’ …

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Guild Wars 2 Launches This Weekend

Guild Wars 2, the next highly-anticipated MMO is set to launch next Tuesday, but players who pre-purchased the game will get access starting Saturday, August 25. Since nearly everyone who is looking forward to Guild Wars 2 has pre-purchased a copy, that means the action really begins tomorrow. “Five years ago we set out to develop a game that finally …

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Apple vs. Samsung Jury Decision Coming Soon

The Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit has been long, frustrating, and bizarre. When Apple first sued Samsung over one year ago, it appeared as if Apple was simply protecting its iPhone and iPad designs from companies who were beginning to mimic those devices. Samsung promptly countersued Apple, claiming it violated wireless technologies patents it holds. Why exactly Apple decided to break …

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