When it rains, it pours, and as if Kodak didn't have enough to worry about already as it ditches the camera business and tries to figure out how to pay back movie studios millions of dollars it owes in unpaid rebates, all while declaring bankruptcy, Apple has decided it wants to dump a patent infringement suit to the company's pile of problems.
Apple isn't letting up on its relentless legal attack against Samsung in the which the Cupertino company is continually attempting to have certain Galaxy devices banned in the U.S. and abroad. It's been a largely unsuccessful campaign so far, though Apple remains undeterred as it fires off lawsuit after lawsuit claiming Samsung is infringing several of its patents. In a lawsuit filed in California, Apple takes aim at the Galaxy Nexus, the world's first Android 4.0 smartphone, and cries foul over Samsung's recent ad campaign mocking the iPhone.
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, has agreed to cut a check for $6.5 million to make an antitrust lawsuit disappear. Or maybe the Santa Clara company will simply dip into its petty cash. Either way, Intel can put the New York state antitrust lawsuit behind it and get back to concentrating on building and selling processors, presumably without running afoul of any laws.
If the ammunition you're using to try and take down your prey isn't getting the job done, you can either hunt different game or try different ammo. Apple has chosen the latter as it continues to chase Samsung through various courts around the world. According to reports, Apple added a pair of patents to its portfolio, which it's using to try and convince a California judge to ban sales of Samsung's smartphones and tablets.
Rambus, a memory technology licensing company, announced today it has signed a patent license agreement with GPU maker Nvidia that will be valid for the next years. As part of the five-year deal, the two sides agreed to settle all outstanding claims against each other, ending what had become a bitter and stretched out legal dispute over various patent innovations.
The breakup between Acer and its former Chief Executive Officer, Gianfranco Lanci, was mildy tense, but swift and free of any drama when the two parted ways almost a year ago. And it probably would have stayed that way too, except Lanci accepted a gig with Lenovo, a move that prompted Acer to file a lawsuit in Italy for an alleged breache of a non-compete clause Lanci signed with his former company.
Oracle wants no part of a court-ordered $272 million award levied against SAP AG for copyright infringement and will the roll the dice on a retrial instead. The $272 million verdict is a little more than a billion dollars less than what Oracle was originally owed until U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton cut the original $1.3 billion award in September of last year, calling it "grossly excessive."
Twitter is i hot legal water with the government of Brazil today, which has filed a lawsuit against the micro-blogging company. At issue are a number of Twitter accounts that Brazilian authorities say are being used to warn drivers of police traffic controls. The fines are set to start rolling in if Twitter does not close these accounts.
After being ordered to provide the decryption code for her laptop last month, a Colorado is claiming that she no-longer remembers the key. The laptop belonging to Ramona Fricosu was seized as part of a mortgage fraud case in 2010. The government has spent the last few years working to force her to decrypt the hard drive, claiming that doing so would not violate her 5th Amendment right not to incriminate herself.
Robert De Niro's character in the movie Heat offered up some words of wisdom for those who operate in the criminal world. He said, "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner." BTJunkie, one of the largest torrent search engines in the world, might not have been doing anything illegal, but with all that's been happening lately, the site's founder thought it best to take De Niro's words to heart and voluntarily shut down for good.