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German Court Dismisses IPCom’s $2.2 Billion (€1.57B) Infringement Action Against Apple

Posted in Litigation
Germany’s Mannheim Regional Court announced this morning that Apple did not infringe the IPCom patents alleged to be essential to the 3G/UMTS standard.  As discussed in our February 6, 2013 post, IPCom was seeking over $2 billion from Apple for infringement of European Patent EP1841268 and related German patent DE19910239 alleged to be essential to certain … Continue Reading

German Patent Monetization Entity, IPCom, Seeking $2 Billion from Apple for SEP Infringement

Posted in Litigation, Miscellaneous
In the midst of ongoing litigation against Nokia and HTC abroad, German patent monetization firm IPCom’s claim of patent infringement against Apple will be heard before Germany’s Mannheim Regional Court next Tuesday, February 11 (see our Januray 2013 post for some additional information on how patent litigation and RAND issues are handled in Germany).  IPCom … Continue Reading

Apple Argues SEP Issues to Federal Circuit in Samsung ITC Appeal

Posted in Appeals, International Trade Commission, Litigation
Last week, Apple filed its brief as an intervenor in the Federal Circuit appeal involving Samsung’s stymied ITC case against Apple (Inv. No. 337-TA-794).  Arguing the ITC’s finding of no violation should be affirmed with respect to the one patent-at-issue, Apple’s brief raised a number of SEP issues involving Samsung’s involvement with the IETF and the … Continue Reading

Could President Obama veto the ITC’s order excluding imports of certain Apple iPhones and iPads?

Posted in International Trade Commission, Legislation, Litigation, Miscellaneous
In the wake of the ITC’s landmark exclusion order barring imports of certain Apple 3G products, we noticed an interesting question raised by Prof. Brian J. Love of Santa Clara law school, among others: Professor Love is referring to one of several legislative recommendations and executive actions related to the patent system and patent litigation that … Continue Reading

ITC issues exclusion order against Apple based on infringement of Samsung 3G-essential patent (Inv. No. 337-TA-794)

Posted in Court Orders, International Trade Commission, Litigation
The ITC just issued a Notice of Final Determination in Inv. No. 337-TA-794, the investigation concerning Samsung’s complaint against Apple.  (For a refresher on the case and issues, check out our previous posts).  In a decision that will reverberate across the standard-essential patent world, the Commission has determined that Apple’s products at issue — certain … Continue Reading

U.S. International Trade Commission expected to rule tomorrow on availability of exclusion orders for infringement of FRAND standard-essential patents (337-TA-794)

Posted in Court Orders, International Trade Commission, Litigation
Spring has been an interesting time in the world of standard-essential patent litigation.  Last month brought us Judge Robart’s groundbreaking RAND-setting opinion in Microsoft v. Motorola; this month, it’s the ITC’s turn.  Tomorrow is the (thrice-extended) target date in   In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing … Continue Reading

Public interest briefing wraps up in Samsung-Apple ITC battle (337-TA-794) — parties now play the waiting game on exclusion orders and SEPs

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation
For those of you unfamiliar with the pace of litigation at the U.S. International Trade Commission, it is fast.  Just several days ago, we were writing about the comments on the public interest submitted in Inv. No. 337-TA-794 by Apple and Samsung, the ITC Staff, and several other interested non-parties.  Late last week, Apple, Samsung, … Continue Reading

New ITC briefs filed by Apple, Samsung demonstrate fundamental dispute over standard-essential patents and meaning of FRAND

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation
Last week, both Apple and Samsung filed their initial submissions in response to the U.S. International Trade Commission’s March 13 order for additional briefing in In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing Devices, and Table Computers (Inv. No. 337-TA-794).  In a post last Friday, we discussed … Continue Reading

Qualcomm sides with Motorola on FRAND/SEP issues in Apple v. Motorola Federal Circuit appeal

Posted in Appeals, Litigation
Earlier today we summarized the amicus brief filed by Intel in the Apple v. Motorola Federal Circuit appeal, and we noted that a number of other not-yet-publicly-available amicus briefs were also filed with the court.  Today, the amicus brief filed by Qualcomm hit the docket — and out of all of the recent amicus briefs, … Continue Reading

Intel files amicus brief supporting Apple in Federal Circuit appeal of Judge Posner decision

Posted in Appeals, Litigation
Back in January, we summarized a number of amicus briefs filed by a diverse group of companies and organizations concerning the issues in the Apple v. Motorola Inc. Federal Circuit appeal of Judge Posner’s decision to dismiss the parties’ respective patent infringement cases.  We noted that because the Federal Circuit extended the deadline to file … Continue Reading

ITC again extends target date in Samsung-Apple case (337-TA-794), asks for additional public interest comments and party briefing

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation
If there was any doubt about the importance of standard-essential patent issues at the ITC, we can certainly put that to rest.  For the second time in a week, the Commission issued a Notice extending the target date for its Final Determination in Inv. No. 337-TA-794, the Section 337 investigation based on Samsung’s August 2011 … Continue Reading

ITC delays Final Determination in Samsung-Apple standard-essential patent investigation until March 13

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation
Today was the target date for the ITC’s Final Determination in In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing Devices, and Tablet Computers (Inv. No. 337-TA-794).  But today, the Comission issued a notice to extend the target date for completion of the investigation until next Wednesday, March … Continue Reading

Apple cites recent Japanese court ruling as evidence against standard-essential patent exclusion order (ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-794)

Posted in Court Orders, International Trade Commission
Last week, it was reported that Apple won a decision against Samsung in Tokyo, Japan, where a judge ruled that Samsung failed to negotiate in good faith with Apple before bringing patent infringement claims over its standard-essential patents.  Until today, the court’s actual ruling was not publicly available.  But yesterday, Apple submitted a “Notice of … Continue Reading

Samsung responds to Ericsson’s ITC complaint, accuses Ericsson of violating F/RAND obligations (337-TA-862)

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation
We’ve previously covered the bilateral standard-essential patent battle brewing between Ericsson and Samsung in the U.S. International Trade Commission (as well as the Eastern District of Texas).  The ITC has instituted two investigations surrounding the parties’ claims: Inv. No. 337-TA-862 (based on Ericsson’s complaint) and Inv. No. 337-TA-866 (based on Samsung’s complaint).  Yesterday, Samsung filed … Continue Reading

Various amici weigh in on SEP-related issues in Apple-Motorola Federal Circuit appeal

Posted in Appeals, Litigation
Later this year, in the case of Apple Inc. v. Motorola Inc. (Nos. 2012-1548, -1549), the Federal Circuit is set to address several issues that could have a big effect on future licensing and assertion of standard-essential patents.  As explained in our previous post “catching up on” the details of this dispute, this appeal follows Judge Posner’s dismissal … Continue Reading

Steelhead Licensing expands cellular-essential patent assertion activities

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
Early in January we noted that a non-practicing entity named Steelhead Licensing had filed a number of complaints for patent infringement against various wireless device manufacturers and cellular carriers.  Of particular note in those suits was that the patent at issue in all of the actions — U.S. Pat. No. 5,491,834, entitled “Mobile Radio Handover Initiation … Continue Reading

Catching up on . . . the Samsung-Apple ITC action (Inv. No. 337-TA-794)

Posted in Complaints, Court Orders, International Trade Commission, Litigation
Because so many SEP-related issues have arisen over the past year, we will periodically revisit some of the more important episodes with a brief post.  Next month, the U.S. International Trade Commission will issue a Final Determination in In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing Devices, … Continue Reading

Catching up on … Apple v. Motorola Mobility (W.D. Wis.)

Posted in Appeals, District Courts, International Trade Commission, Litigation
Late last week, Apple Inc. filed a notice of appeal with the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, announcing its intent to appeal to the Federal Circuit Judge Barbara B. Crabb’s dismissal of Apple’s SEP-related contract and antitrust claims against Motorola Mobility (case No. 3:11-cv-00178-bbc).  This presents us with an opportunity … Continue Reading

Catching up on … Apple v. Motorola (N.D. Ill./Fed. Cir.)

Posted in Appeals, Court Orders, District Courts, Litigation
Because so many SEP-related issues have arisen over the past year, we will periodically revisit some of the more important episodes with a brief post.  Judge Richard Posner’s June 22, 2012 ruling in the Apple v. Motorola patent infringement litigation in the Northern District of Illinois, and the subsequent appeal to the Federal Circuit fall into this … Continue Reading
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