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.
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.
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.
Ericsson sold close to 2,000 wireless patents to Unwired Planet, formerly Openwave Systems, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The deal gives Unwired Planet some potential ammunition in patent battles.
As part of its settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Google agreed to stop seeking sales bans on products that infringe on the standards-essential patents it owns.
A U.S. judge denied Apple's bid to ban some of Samsung Electronics' mobile devices from sale in the United States, handing Apple a defeat after it received a $1.05 billion jury award against Samsung this summer. Separately, the judge, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, denied Samsung's request for a new trial.