June 20, 2012 |
Yahoo and Facebook have entered settlement talks for a lawsuit involving alleged patent infringements by both companies, according to a recent court filing. Lawyers from Yahoo asked a U.S. District judge in San Francisco to provide a two-week extension on reply deadlines as well as a two-week postponement for a scheduled August hearing so the companies can continue their settlement talks. “The parties are currently engaged in settlement negotiations to resolve this dispute,” Kevin Smith, a Yahoo lawyer, said in the filing according to Bloomberg , which broke the news.
March 22, 2012 |
Are you struggling with a multiremote system at home? Do you wish you could control your television, DVR and DVD player with one single remote that wouldn't be a pain to program? Do you think that remote should be your iPhone? Then get psyched: On Thursday Patently Apple turned up a patent filed by Apple that shows the company is hard at work designing the remote control of your dreams. Apple's patent, which the company filed in the third quarter of 2010, would allow you to take a picture of an existing piece of electronic equipment - your television for example, and send it to the iCloud, where Apple would determine the type of device you want to control as well as the make and the model of that device.
September 6, 2012 |
SEATTLE - Darth Vader is supposed to be menacing. But when Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's deputy counsel of intellectual property and licensing, dressed up as the ominous Star Wars Sith Lord one Halloween? Not so much. "I've never seen a happier Darth Vader," said Gutierrez's boss, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith. In some ways that image captures perceptions of Microsoft in the patent battles now raging among tech companies - and Gutierrez's role in them. Microsoft has signed a number of licensing agreements with - or filed lawsuits against - companies it says infringe on its patents, most notably manufacturers of devices using Google's Android operating system.
July 6, 2012 |
Yahoo and Facebook have put down their arms and are settling a bitter legal fight over patents, preempting a nasty court battle between two Silicon Valley giants who used to be on much friendlier terms. The truce calls for a deeper advertising partnership between the companies and cross-licensing of patents, but no money will change hands, according to All Things D which was first to report the news. Charging a violation of patents, Yahoo, at the direction of since-ousted Chief Executive Scott Thompson, sued Facebook, one of its biggest rivals for advertising dollars, in March, two months before the social networking company's stock market debut.
July 13, 1999 |
National Semiconductor Corp., which makes high-performance computer chips, accused smaller rival Micrel Semiconductor Inc. of infringing two patents used in the chip-manufacturing process. In its suit, Santa Clara, Calif.-based National Semiconductor says it is the owner of patents awarded in 1982 and 1984 protecting methods used for controlling corrosion and regulating voltage. Officials of Micrel were not immediately available to comment on the suit.
March 30, 2010 |
Callaway Golf Co. failed to get the lift it had hoped for when a federal jury decided Monday that its patents for golf balls weren't valid. The decision by the jury in Wilmington, Del., rejected the Carlsbad, Calif., company's $246-million claim that rival ball maker Titleist infringed its patents. The jury sided with Titleist's arguments that even though its Pro V1 golf balls infringed the patents, the patents themselves weren't enforceable because the design and construction did not represent a new concept or innovation when the patents were issued in 2001 and 2003.