Nokia said it is shifting its long-term strategy for its Nokia Technologies unit and will cut up to 70 jobs as a result. It's unclear at this point how Nokia's strategy for the division is changing.
Ericsson is suing Apple in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, arguing Apple owes it patent royalties for using Ericsson's wireless technologies in the iPhone and iPad. The move represents an expansion of the companies' existing legal squabble.
The Walt Disney Company is continuing to push forward a video strategy that increasingly looks like pure OTT, signing a multiyear patent licensing agreement with the Kudelski Group. The deal will give Disney access--with certain limitations, of course--to a portfolio that includes more than 3,000 streaming-related patents and more than 4,500 patents worldwide.
Nokia is preparing to jump back into the handset market as soon as next year, likely via licensing its brand and technologies, according to a Re/code report.
Qualcomm brushed off calls from an activist shareholder to break up its chipset and patent-licensing businesses, arguing that keeping them together is in the best interests of shareholders. However, as the Wall Street Journal details, Qualcomm's profitable royalty business is coming under pressure from industry trade groups and competitors.
Qualcomm is facing pressure from an activist shareholder, the hedge fund Jana Partners, to break up its chipset business from its patent-licensing arm, with Jana arguing that the chip business is "essentially worthless" at current valuations.
The emergence of a new patent pool for HEVC compression technology threatens to slow the deployment of 4K/Ultra HD services within the pay-TV industry and beyond. On Thursday, a new group called HEVC Advance announced that it will begin licensing patents for high efficiency video encoding technology (aka "HEVC" or "H.265").
Ericsson is escalating its legal battle with Apple over patent royalties Ericsson believes Apple owes it for using its wireless technologies in the iPhone and iPad.
Qualcomm is facing new pressure from regulators after South Korea's antitrust regulator said it is considering investigating whether the chipset giant misused its dominant market position in the country. The probe comes just days after Qualcomm announced a settlement with China's National Development and Reform Commission, in which the company agreed to pay a $975 million fine and change its licensing and royalty practices.
Microsoft and Samsung Electronics agreed to settle a dispute over how much money Samsung would pay to Microsoft to license the software giant's patents that Samsung uses in its Android smartphones and tablets. Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.