Tag Archive for Motorola

New Fed. Cir. Opinion Demonstrates That Patent Law Is Confusing

Part of the reason that patent trolls have so much success targeting small businesses is that patent law is arcane and filled with traps for the uninitiated. Obviously, patents themselves are hard to understand, but even the law itself can be confusing. Yesterday, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in the Microsoft and Motorola investigation…

An Analysis of the Final FTC-Motorola Settlement

Today, the FTC released its Final Order in its settlement with Motorola on the company’s use of standard essential patents (SEPs).  Although there isn’t much “here” here, as the Commission is required by law to open Consent Decrees to public comment before it finalizes them, the 25 public comments (including one from my organization) the Commission received led to…

Customs Gets Embroiled in the Smartphone Patent Wars

There’s another front in the Smartphone Patent Wars that you may not have heard of, or may not know much about: a battle with U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) over whether Motorola can import certain smartphones. The issue stems from an exclusion order issued by the International Trade Commission after Motorola lost a patent…

Observations on Crossing the RAND Rubicon

Last week a federal court crossed into uncharted territory, for the first time calculating the proper reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) royalty on a standard-essential patent (SEP).  [PDF here, via Ars]  The dispute arose in litigation between Motorola and Microsoft over implementations of Motorola-owned patents incorporated into WiFi and video standards, which Motorola had agreed to…

FTC/Motorola Consent Decree Comments

Our friends over at the Essential Patent Blog beat us to it and posted the full list of comments submitted to the FTC on the Motorola Consent Decree.  If you want to read through them, here is a link to their post or you can go directly to the FTC’s website. Dan O’ Connor is…

Summarizing the Amici Briefs in Apple-Motorola before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

On June 22 Judge Richard Posner, sitting in designation, dismissed a patent infringement case between Motorola and Apple which included 15 Apple patents and 6 Motorola patents.  Judge Posner explained that even if infringement could be proven, neither party offered sufficient evidence to prove and entitlement to injunctive relief, and neither party had offered credible…

Samsung v. Apple at the ITC – Summarizing the Public Interest Briefs

On November 19 the ITC announced that the full Commission would review the Final Initial Determination in Investigation 337-TA-794, Samsung v. Apple.  The ALJ had determined that there was no infringement by Apple of Samsung’s asserted patents, which Samsung has declared as standard essential patents covering technology implemented by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). …

Lessons from Apple v. Motorola in Wisconsin

The FTC’s recent consent order in its merger review in In the Matter of Robert Bosch GmbH – a combination of manufacturing companies that make air conditioning recycling, recovery, and recharge products that are essential for repairing and servicing the coolant systems on motor vehicles – contained an interesting twist.  While reviewing the merger, the FTC…