Motorola has suffered a setback in Europe. A ruling promulgated by a Mannheim Court has resulted in Motorola’s Android-based devices getting banned for sale in Germany. More specifically, any Motorola device that uses FAT technology for its internal storage are going to be pulled from stores and other sales avenues in Germany. The ruling’s effect is immediate.
The court ruling was basically in favor of Microsoft’s suit. The software giant has a patent for the FAT or File Allocation Table, a technology that allows people to more readily find and label media files when using a storage system that runs FAT. With this ruling, Motorola may be forced to just implement a different file system, but in the meantime, expect the company to file an appeal with the court. More →
I remember a time when offering something for free would elicit gratitude and calls for the person to run for president. Google was probably thinking the same thing when it decided to offer a number of its services for free. But that’s not what the Company got for offering their highly useful Google Maps for free.
For the “crime” offering Google Maps to the public free of charge, Google is being asked to pay a fine. More →
The amount of lawsuits that weâ€™ve been reporting here at 901AM is getting to be quite a lot. But then lawsuits are very interesting news to say the least. Weâ€™ve reported significantly about the constant exchange of lawsuits between Samsung and Apple. So any new lawsuits are kind of a breath of fresh air.
For example, Research in Motion is also embroiled in some legal kinks. A company, BBM Canada, has filed a lawsuit against RIM claiming the mobile phone manufacturer and service provider is infringing on the trademark of BBM Canada by using â€œBBMâ€, which stands for Blackberry Messenger, which is RIMâ€™s very popular mobile messenger service that is used by Blackberry phone users all over the world. More →
Patent infringement lawsuits are flying all over the place. Aside from Samsung and Apple, who are locked in a constant legal entanglement regarding patent infringement, Microsoft and Motorola are also involved in such a lawsuit.
Just recently, Microsoft won in a patent infringement lawsuit against Motorola. An administrative law judge for the US International Trade Commission made a decision that Motorolaâ€™s Motorola Android phones infringed on one of Microsoftâ€™s seven patents. More →
Samsung can chalk up another win against Apple in the ongoing legal warfare the two companies have been involved in. The ban on the sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 version that was imposed by the court in Australia has been lifted. This means Samsung can now start selling the their tablet device that Apple loves to hate and it couldnâ€™t come at a more perfect time as Christmas shopping is just about to heat up. More →
Samsung was hoping that reworking their Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 by changing some of its physical features and then renaming it the 10.1N will be enough for it to fly under Appleâ€™s radar and successfully sell the modified Samsung tablet in Germany, where it has been legally banned to sell the Galaxy Tab. But, as anyone who has read of Samsungâ€™s attempt at trying to hoodwink Apple knows their attempt is bound to fail.
And it did. Apple has now filed a new motion that seeks to ban Samsung from selling the modified 10.1N tablet. The original ban was promulgated early this year and was made permanent last September. Apple claims that the Galaxy Tab 10.1â€™s design looks too much like the Apple iPad, hence, Samsungâ€™s attempt to â€œchangeâ€ the 10.1N with a modified bezel. More →
Samsungâ€™s legal troubles from its competitors â€“ most notably Apple, seems to be taking its toll on the company, and seems to be losing its spark to fight some legal battles that are in its way. Samsung just recently announced that it will begin paying royalties to Microsoft for every single Android device it sells, whether it is a phone or a tablet. The agreement was reached between the two parties so that the patent infringement lawsuit Microsoft is filing against Samsung will be withdrawn.
This is not the first royalty agreement Microsoft has entered with a company regarding the sale of Android devices. Microsoft has forged the same agreement with other Android device manufacturers, the most notable of these is with HTC, which is the other company that produces much of the Android devices on the market.
The decision to agree to a royalty payment is to keep Microsoft from suing these companies. Microsoft claims that no Android device they have seen has not infringed on any of Microsoftâ€™s patents. The most crucial element in the suit though is not being made to the public â€“ that is, what Microsoft patents are Android device manufacturers violating. Even though no one knows what (the exact patent infringements are not being made public) these Android manufacturers are violating, Microsoftâ€™s previous lawsuits against Linux for precisely the same charges may shed a little light on the issue because Android is based on the Linux OS.
Itâ€™s ironic that Microsoft, which has shown how much it dislikes the Android OS entering the market, is also earning from its existence and success.
It looks like Oracle will be unable to bring the full force of their lawsuit against Google as a judge has ordered Oracle to pick which claims they want to file against the search giant.
“Oracle will surrender all of its present infringement claims against Google based on the 129 asserted claims that will not be tried,” the judge added. “Oracle may not renew those infringement claims in a subsequent action except as to new products.” (ZD Net) More →
After launching Google Buzz to the masses within Gmail, the search engine giant has faced harsh criticism from users (at least within the US) over various privacy issues with the service.
Now the company is apparently setting aside millions of dollars in order to help pacify the legal complaints against the company.
A class action Settlement has been reached with Google Inc. (“Google”) that resolves litigation about privacy concerns arising out of Googleâ€™s social networking program, Google Buzz. The Plaintiffs allege that Google automatically enrolled Gmail users in Buzz, and that Buzz publicly exposed data, including usersâ€™ most frequent Gmail contacts, without enough user consent. Google denies the accuracy of Plaintiffsâ€™ allegations and denies that it violated any law or caused any harm by the launch of Google Buzz.
Although Google is still maintaining its innocence regarding the matter, the settlement is a way for the company to pacify their vocal critics in order to move beyond the uproar Google Buzz created.
For those willing to litigate, Google is offering Americans the option to exclude themselves from the settlement (if they desire to sue Google with their own attorney) or forfeit their legal complaints by doing nothing.
Lawsuits and settlements aside, Google is still struggling to make Google Buzz relevant with the masses, and it will be interesting to see whether or not Google shuts down Buzz in the future (like they did with Google Wave) and focus on other projects instead.
With Android poised on supplanting iOS as the dominant mobile operating system in the west, it looks like another company has come forward with a lawsuit against the search engine giant (who is currently in the midst of battling Oracle).
Gemalto NV suedÂ Google Inc. and phonemakersÂ HTC Corp.,Â Motorola Inc. andÂ Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., claiming the Android mobile-phone operating system used its technology without permission.
The manufacturer of digital-security technology filed the patent-infringement suit against the companies in Texas federal court on Oct. 22, according to the complaint. Gemalto said the development platform for Android improperly includes its Java Card technology, which allows software written in Java and other â€œhigh-level programming languagesâ€ to run on mobile phones. (Bloomberg)
Although it’s not surprising that Germalto NV is suing Google (who truth be told receives a lot of lawsuits in the US, many of themÂ frivolous), Germalto NV’s strategy of suing manufactors seems to be aimed at thwarting Android’s expansion by scarring off potential partners.
Germalto NV surprisingly isn’t going after otherÂ manufacturers (like Dell) who also make Android smartphones (although truth be told HTC, Motorola and Samsung are the top 3 selling Android devices in the US).
While it’s doubtful that this legalÂ squabbleÂ will thwart Android’s path towards global domination, Germalto NV’s latest lawsuit could slow down adoption by smallerÂ manufacturersÂ (the latter who probably lack the money to burn on patent attorneys).