Samsung Hopes Obama Administration Will Veto Smartphone Ban

“The world is watching how Samsung is treated by the United States in this ‘smartphone war.'”

EU Wants More Concessions From Samsung in Patent-Abuse Case

Room for improvement.

Microsoft Trounces Google in Battle Over Standards-Essential Patents

A precedent-setting victory and an embarrassing blow to Google.

What Does the Microsoft-Motorola Mobility Patent Case Mean for BlackBerry?

Potential grounds for renegotiating the patent licensing fees it pays to Google’s Motorola Mobility division.

What If BlackBerry’s Patents Aren’t So Valuable After All?

Could cross-licensing agreements undermine the dollar value of BlackBerry’s patent portfolio?

Senators Caution White House Over ITC’s Looming iPhone Ban

A bipartisan group of senators calls upon the Obama administration to consider the public interest as it weighs whether or not to veto an order blocking U.S. sales of older iPhones and iPads.

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FTC Finalizes Google Standards-Essential Patent Deal

The Federal Trade Commission today finalized its settlement with Google over the company’s alleged misuse of the standards-essential patents it gained as part of its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2011. The final order requires Google to license those standards-essential patents on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) terms, and prevents the company from using them as a weapon against rivals by seeking product injunctions and importation bans based on them.

Apple, Samsung Spar Over ITC Import Ban on Older iPhones, iPads

Apple asks the United States Trade Representative to overturn the ban, while Samsung argues it should stand.

Samsung Trying to Settle European Patent-Abuse Charges

“Samsung wants to settle.”

ITC Investigates Samsung Over Standards-Essential Patents

2013 is going to be a busy year for Samsung legal.

Ericsson Slaps Samsung With Patent Suit