Verizon Wireless filed a patent for a mobile notification system that would alert parents or other caregivers if they had left a child in a car seat, and would provide a user's mobile device with detailed information about the environment inside the car, according to a patent filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The European Commission sent a preliminary antitrust complaint to Google's Motorola Mobility, alleging that the company is abusing its dominant position by seeking an injunction against Apple in Germany for infringing on its wireless standards patents.
Google's $12.4 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility was premised, in part, on giving Android licensees protection from patent litigation via the shield of Motorola's more than 17,000 patents--but so far that has not worked out that well for Google or its licensees.
Microsoft speared another big whale in its long-running patent battle against Google's Android platform by getting Hon Hai, parent of electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn, to agree to license Microsoft's patents for devices running the Android and Chrome OS.
Samsung Electronics confirmed in a court filing late Friday that Apple could potentially wind up receiving more in damages in a new patent-infringement trial than the $1.05 billion it was originally awarded last August.
AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom were among the top five mobile operators worldwide in terms of patent filings, according to a report from industry analyst Chetan Sharma.
Ericsson remained unfazed by the latest salvo fired by Samsung Electronics in the dispute between the two network manufacturers over patents, saying it was still confident it would win the legal battle.
Samsung Electronics has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Ericsson a little less than four months after Ericsson sued Samsung for the same thing. Ericsson sued Samsung in November after the two companies reached an impasse over how much Samsung would pay Ericsson to license Ericsson's wireless standards patents.
Verizon Wireless filed a patent for a mobile surveillance system that could wirelessly transmit surveillance data back to a server if the owner of the system is in danger, according to a patent filing with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
The judge who oversaw the $1.05 billion blockbuster patent infringement case between Apple and Samsung Electronics slashed the damages in the case by $450.5 million and ordered a new trial, giving Samsung a victory in the companies' long-running patent battle.