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U.S. PTO invalidates Rambus' third "Barth" patent

The appeals board at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a ruling on January 24 that invalidates the third Barth patent held by Rambus, pertaining to memory chips used in computers which the firm successfully used to intimidate…

Google expands patent portfolio with another 217 from IBM

Google ended the year by doing a little patent shopping from IBM's vast portfolio, acquiring 217 patents from the technology giant, in what is likely an effort to further strengthen its Android platform in the face of increased pressure from…

Apple loses U.S. injunction request against Samsung

Apple and Samsung had their latest legal encounter in a San Jose, California court at the end of last week. In April, Apple sued Samsung for "copying the look and feel" of its iPhone and iPad in its Galaxy range of phones and tablets...

S3 Graphics' ITC case against Apple collapses

Yesterday marked the final nail in the coffin for S3 Graphics in its U.S. International Trade Commission case against Apple for its alleged violation of patents. The report (PDF) stated, "having examined the record of this investigation, including the ALJ’s final…

Microsoft, Samsung sign licensing deal over Android devices

Microsoft announced it has struck a cross-licensing agreement with Samsung that would see the Korean manufacturer pay millions of dollars in royalties for using Android software on its smartphones and tablets. The deal follows a string of similar agreements with…

S3 targets Apple in latest patent infringement complaint

S3 Graphics, the VIA subsidiary being bought by HTC, filed a complaint against Apple with the US International Trade Commission and US District Court of Delaware for patent infringement. This is a separate complaint from the one its current parent…

VIA sues Apple for patent infringement

In the latest round of patent lawsuits, Taiwanese chipmaker VIA announced on Wednesday that it has taken legal action against Apple, filling a complaint with the US International Trade Commission and US District Court of Delaware for patent infringement.