Lawsuits archive

  • Sharp LCDs face US ban
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    Sharp LCDs face US ban

    By 25 June 2009

    Some Sharp Aquos televisions and LCD monitors may be banned in the US as they infringe a Samsung patent, a recent ruling states. Samsung has won a US International Trade Commission ruling over a patent dispute between the two companies, although with...

  • Rapidshare fined 24 million euros
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    Rapidshare fined 24 million euros

    By 24 June 2009

    File-upload site Rapidshare has been fined 24 million euros by a court in Hamburg, Germany, after being sued by collections society GEMA - the German equivalent of the PRS. The site is also now forbidden from making any of 5000 music tracks from GEMA’s...

  • Psystar files for bankruptcy
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    Psystar files for bankruptcy

    By 27 May 2009

    Mac clone maker Psystar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Florida, a development that is likely to slow down Apple's legal case against the company for making unauthorised PCs running Apple's operating system. Industry commentators say...

  • Pirate Bay bias judge judged by another biased judge
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    Pirate Bay bias judge judged by another biased judge

    By 22 May 2009

    The judge appointed to decide whether or not Tomas Norström (the judge in the Pirate Bay's trial) was biased or not has been removed due to accusations of bias. Yes, you read that right. New judge Ulrika Ihrfelt's task was review whether Norström's...

  • Microsoft ordered to pay out $200 million
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    Microsoft ordered to pay out $200 million

    By 21 May 2009

    Microsoft has been hit with a second guilty verdict - and heavy fines - for patent infringement in as many months. Following the $388 million the software giant has been ordered to pay Uniloc over issues with an anti-piracy solution, a federal jury in...

  • Major labels demand extra fines for the Pirate Bay
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    Major labels demand extra fines for the Pirate Bay

    By 20 May 2009

    Despite the Pirate Bay four being found guilty of "assisting making available", remember that the site itself was never on trial. No mention was made of shutting it down, so it's still there, happily ticking over, with 20 million peers seeding Sims 3...

  • Apple sued over Shazam music identification app
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    Apple sued over Shazam music identification app

    By 15 May 2009

    A company called Tune Hunter has filed a lawsuit in Texas Eastern District Court which alleges that a large number of companies are infringing on its patent for a music identification system. Shazam, Samsung, Apple, Amazon.com, Napster, Motorola, Gracenote,...

  • Toshiba sues Imation, others over infringement
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    Toshiba sues Imation, others over infringement

    By 15 May 2009

    Toshiba has announced it is suing Imation, and others, over alleged infringements of some of Toshiba's DVD patents via products sold in the States under the Imation and Memorex brands. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Western...

  • Intel hit with record EU fine for anti-competive practices
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    Intel hit with record EU fine for anti-competive practices

    By 13 May 2009

    Intel has been hit with record fines by the European Commission for anti-competitive practices. The chipmaker has been fined 1.06 billion euros, around £950 million, for bribing companies to use its products over those of rival AMD. Between 2002 and...

  • Apple sued over MagSafe Power Adapters
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    Apple sued over MagSafe Power Adapters

    By 6 May 2009

    Apple is facing another lawsuit in the States, this time a class action effort that sees the company accused of negligent design and manufacture of its MagSafe Power Adapter for its MacBooks and MacBook Pros. A trio of plaintiffs - Naotaka Kitagawa, Timothy...

  • Google and OHA sued over Android name
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    Google and OHA sued over Android name

    By 1 May 2009

    Google could be forced to rename its Android operating system and platform if an Illinois-based software developer gets his way in court. Erich Specht, owner of Android Data Corp, is suing Google - and 46 other companies that are members of the Open handset...

  • Qualcomm and Broadcom reach settlement
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    Qualcomm and Broadcom reach settlement

    By 27 April 2009

    Qualcomm and Broadcom have announced that they have entered into a settlement and multi-year patent agreement. The agreement will mean the dismissal of all litigation between the companies, including all patent infringement claims that were ongoing at...

  • Apple guilty of wilful patent infringement
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    Apple guilty of wilful patent infringement

    By 27 April 2009

    Apple has been found guilty of patent infringement and ordered to pay $19 million in compensation in a Texas court. Opti Inc, a technology company based in Palo Alto, filed the lawsuit against Apple in January 2007. A jury has now found that Apple had...

  • Pocket-lint readers say no prison for Pirate Bay four
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    Pocket-lint readers say no prison for Pirate Bay four

    By 24 April 2009

    The majority of Pocket-lint readers have shown their support for The Pirate Bay four. In our recent poll we asked if you agreed with Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde's 1-year jail term for breaking copyright law....

  • Pirate Bay judge accused of bias
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    Pirate Bay judge accused of bias

    By 23 April 2009

    News is coming in from Sweden that the Pirate Bay case could see a dramatic retrial, following revelations that the judge was allegedly biased. These allegations come from a Swedish radio station which has revealed that the trial's judge, Tomas Norstrom,...

  • The Pirate Bay four found guilty
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    The Pirate Bay four found guilty

    By 17 April 2009

    The verdict is in for The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden and the individuals behind the multi-million user file-sharing site have been found guilty. A Swedish court found Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde guilty of breaking...

  • Microsoft guilty of willfull patent infringement
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    Microsoft guilty of willfull patent infringement

    By 9 April 2009

    Microsoft has been found guilty of wilfully infringing another company's patent. In a lawsuit that dates back to 2003, a Rhode Island jury has ruled in favour of Uniloc and ordered Microsoft to pay $388 million in damages. The patent in question was for...

  • Apple faces touchscreen legal battle
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    Apple faces touchscreen legal battle

    By 8 April 2009

    Apple is facing a new patent infringement lawsuit over touchscreens. Taiwanese company Elan Microelectronics has sued Apple via a San Francisco court. "We couldn't find a common viewpoint with Apple, so we decided we had to take action", an Elan company...

  • Microsoft and TomTom settle
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    Microsoft and TomTom settle

    By 31 March 2009

    Microsoft and TomTom have announced that they have settled their respective patent infringement cases against each other. Microsoft says the cases have been settled through a patent agreement under which TomTom will pay Microsoft for coverage under the...

  • BackWeb files lawsuit against Microsoft
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    BackWeb files lawsuit against Microsoft

    By 23 March 2009

    BackWeb Technologies, a San Jose-based tech company, has announced that it is suing Microsoft for patent infringement. BackWeb has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in San Fran, California seeking damages, an injunction and a declaration...

  • TomTom files countersuit against Microsoft
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    TomTom files countersuit against Microsoft

    By 20 March 2009

    Following Microsoft's lawsuit against TomTom for what the software giant said was the infringement of eight Microsoft patents, TomTom has filed a countersuit. TomTom says that Microsoft infringes on four of its patents in Microsoft Streets and Trips....

  • iPod touch explodes in child's pocket
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    iPod touch explodes in child's pocket

    By 13 March 2009

    Apple is facing a new lawsuit, accused of "gross negligence and recklessness" and conducting themselves "maliciously and fraudulently" over a supposedly exploding iPod touch. The case has been filed in the States, in the Southern District of Ohio, by...

  • Microsoft files patent infringement action against TomTom
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    Microsoft files patent infringement action against TomTom

    By 26 February 2009

    Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against TomTom for patent infringement after apparently trying for more than a year to "engage in licensing discussions" with TomTom. The company has issued the following statement from Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president...

  • Music-sharing websites to be blocked in Ireland
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    Music-sharing websites to be blocked in Ireland

    By 25 February 2009

    Irish internet users will soon be blocked from accessing popular music sharing websites, after pressure from the country's music industry was placed on service providers. Eircom, the country's biggest internet provider, has agreed to start blocking its...

  • Intel joins Dell in protesting Psion's "netbook" trademark
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    Intel joins Dell in protesting Psion's "netbook" trademark

    By 25 February 2009

    We brought you the news that Dell has filed a petition with the United States Patent and Trademark office to request that Psion's ownership of the word "netbook" as a trademark be cancelled, and it seems Intel is now on the case too. Intel has filed a...