Tag Archive for smartphone

Apple and Samsung Begin to Wind Down the Smartphone Wars

As we’ve written a number of times (e.g., here, here, and here), nothing good has come out of the war between Apple and Samsung. Both companies have spent millions and neither has much to show for it. The big losers, of course, have been consumers, who could be enjoying better products: products that could have been built using…

Apple Wants to Compete on Patent Portfolio, Not Products

(Cross-posted on DisCo) Apple has been an odd player in the patent debate. On the one hand, it’s the company that gets sued by patent trolls more than any other. As a result, it supports most of the patent reform bill, and Apple uses the Covered Business Method (CBM) program far more than any other…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: July 19 Edition

Hi there!  Support for patent reform continues to build.  In case you missed it, on Wednesday 50 groups sent a letter to leadership in the House and Senate urging for them to #fixpatents.  CCIA and other tech groups were signatories, as was the MPAA, and stakeholders from industries as diverse as retail, hotels, restaurants, hospitals,…

Another Potential Smartphone Patent War Headache for Customs

This is a quick follow up on Monday’s post about the Customs and Border Protection Service and its role in enforcing patent infringement decisions from the International Trade Commission. Depending on what the ITC does in an upcoming case, the CBP might find itself with yet another patent headache from the Smartphone Patent Wars. You…

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…

Smartphone War: What Is It Good For?

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has noticed something about the ongoing patent war in the smartphone industry: it’s not accomplishing much of anything. Philip Elmer-DeWitt took the WSJ to task for missing the important distinction between Standards Essential Patents (SEPs) and other patents. But I think there’s still another point that the WSJ and Mr.…

Patents in the News 2/26

The CCIA and RIM Tell the FTC Banning Injunctions for FRAND Patents Can Make Smartphone Wars Worse Groklaw February 26, 2013 If the government wants to build a highway and your house is in the way of the highway, what happens?.. Does the government come and tell you, “You have to move out and abandon…

When A Billion Dollars Is Not Enough: Apple’s Persistence in Enjoining its Competitors

On Tuesday February 12, Apple’s “normal” appellate brief appeared on the Federal Circuit’s docket (I say “normal” because Apple took the unconventional step of originally asking for an immediate en banc review, which the Federal Circuit denied).  All that is at stake is the future of meaningful competition in the mobile communications industry. A quick…