Comcast won a $7.5 million award against Sprint after a jury agreed that Sprint violated Comcast's patents for VoIP and other telecommunications technologies. The trial and the ruling is likely going to be just one of many in a long, drawn-out legal battle between the one-time partners.
Samsung Electronics paid Microsoft $1 billion last year to use Microsoft's technology in its mobile devices as part of a patent-licensing agreement, according to court documents filed by Microsoft. As part of a lawsuit Microsoft initiated against Samsung, Microsoft is claiming Samsung owes it $6.9 million in unpaid interest from last year.
aioTV, a middleware vendor that offers a unified program guide to video distributors and others, has been awarded a patent that covers a method for pulling together video channels from multiple sources, including OTT, cable and broadcast content.
Dish Network has quietly filed a trademark application for the name "Nutv," which GigaOm speculates is to be the name for its planned OTT programming service.
Apple and rival Samsung Electronics agreed to abandon all of their existing patent litigation against each other outside of the United States. However, the companies have not reached any kind of a formal settlement surrounding their patents, and the battles will go on in U.S. courts.
Microsoft sued Samsung Electronics for violating an agreement the two companies struck in 2011 to cross license each other's patents. According to Microsoft, Samsung has been using Microsoft's $7.3 billion deal to acquire Nokia's devices and services business as an "excuse" to break their contract.
Rockstar, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry, paid $4.5 billion for the 6,000 patents that bankrupt Nortel Networks offered up for auction in 2011. And while the majority of the portfolio's patents have still not expired, there will be a surge in patent expirations starting in 2017, according to a new independent analysis of Rockstar's patents.
An actual device may still be months away (or longer), but as far as developers are concerned, it's already "iTime."
Apple's damage award of $119.6 million in its patent-infringement trial against Samsung Electronics was a far cry from the $2.2 billion in damages Apple had sought. More importantly, according to legal experts, the jury's verdict indicates that Apple's legal strategy of suing Samsung has not slowed down Samsung's sales or the momentum of Google's Android operating system.
Some familiar wireless company names topped the list for most mobile patents granted in 2013--and they weren't all just R&D heavyweights like Samsung and Qualcomm. According to a report from analyst Chetan Sharma, AT&T was among the top 10 companies that were awarded the most patents in 2013.