Apple won $290 million in damages from Samsung Electronics after a jury ruled in its favor in a retrial of the smartphone titans' 2012 patent infringement clash.
Wireless modem and M2M vendor Sierra Wireless filed complaints with the European Commission and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against Nokia, alleging that Nokia is behaving unfairly in how it licenses its patents.
A senior Apple executive said Samsung Electronics' alleged copying of Apple's products subsequently made selling the iPhone and iPad more difficult.
Nokia and Samsung Electronics extended their patent-licensing agreement for another five years, a move that will likely be a boon for Nokia as its sells its handset business to Microsoft and patents become a more important part of its business.
After years of reverse-engineering electronics gadgets and looking for infringing products, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry has filed a battery of lawsuits against Google and Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Huawei and others. The action opens another, major front in the patent-infringement war that has engulfed virtually all of the world's major mobile players.
Changing rules of the game for standards-essential patents licensing would be a major step and, given the success of the mobile communications market, completely unwarranted. It would significantly affect the relative competitive positions of many market players.
Nokia could pursue Android phone manufacturers over royalty payments once the deal to sell its devices and services unit to Microsoft has closed, as the Finnish company will retain ownership of its valuable mobile patent portfolio.
The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday ordered a ban on the import and sale of older Samsung Electronics devices after ruling that they infringed on two Apple patents. However, the ITC's decision is not a clear victory for Apple in the two companies' long-running patent battle.
The Obama administration on Saturday effectively vetoed a looming U.S. import ban on older models of Apple's iPhone and iPad, overturning a ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission in a rare decision that dealt a blow to Apple rival Samsung Electronics and could change how paint battles are fought.
Google finalized its settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, under which Google has agreed to no longer seek sales bans on products that infringe on the standards-essential patents it owns. The FTC set up an arbitration process for patent complaint as part of the settlement.