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Court Throws Out $530 Million Smartflash Patent Verdict Against Apple

A federal appeals court has thrown out a jury verdict that had originally required Apple Inc. to pay $533 million to Smartflash LLC, a technology developer and licenser that claimed Apple’s iTunes software infringed its data storage patents. The trial …

How Supreme Court Just Made Things Easier for Patent Infringers

The Supreme Court made it easier on Wednesday for U.S. manufacturers to infringe patents held by competitors by manufacturing all but one of the infringing components abroad. The practical consequences could be significant, as could the court’s apparent view that …

Supreme Court Weighs How to Figure Design Patent Damages in iPhone Case

The U.S. Supreme Court last Tuesday signaled a willingness to reduce the potentially huge penalties imposed for ripping off a patented design as it heard arguments in the legal fight over the amount Samsung should pay Apple for copying the …

Appeals Court Justice: Time for Louisiana SnoBall Trademark Fight to Melt

Finely shaved ice. Sugary syrup that tastes like pralines or strawberries or pina coladas. Perhaps a trickle of condensed milk and some whipped cream. The making of a classic New Orleans “sno-ball,” it would seem, is a simple matter — …

Apple Seeks $180M More in Patent Damages from Samsung

Just over a week after Samsung paid Apple more than $548 million for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone, Apple asked a U.S. court to force its biggest smartphone rival to cough up even more. In court papers …

Univ. of Minnesota Sues U.S. Wireless Carriers Over Patents

The University of Minnesota sued the four largest wireless carriers in the United States over alleged patent infringement. Complaints filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota contend that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are illegally using technology developed by a …

California Judge Tosses Loral’s $283 Million Patent Infringement Loss

Loral Space & Communications Inc. won a reversal of a $283 million damages award against its former unit Space Systems/Loral, as the winning company, ViaSat Inc., sought a court order barring further patent infringement. ViaSat, a satellite network systems firm, …

Patent Risk, Insurance Firm RPX Eyes Supplier of Patent Owner Data

Patent risk management company RPX Corp. is in advanced talks to acquire litigation data provider PatentFreedom, three sources familiar with the deal said, a move that highlights the growing importance of services for companies trying to fend off patent lawsuits. …

Jury Awards Nevada High-Tech Firm $10.7M in Patent Case

A Nevada company that makes equipment to manage power supplies for computer data centers has won a $10.7 million judgment in a 7-year-old patent infringement case. A federal jury awarded the money to Reno-based Server Technology Inc. in a lawsuit …

Medtronic in Minnesota To Pay $1B-Plus In Patent Settlement

Medtronic has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle long-standing patent litigation with fellow medical device maker Edwards Lifesciences over replacement heart valves. The Minneapolis company also said Tuesday a heavy charge from that settlement helped drop its …