London's High Court of Justice has ruled that BT infringed on one of two DSL management technology patents held by ASSIA, a provider of software solutions that enable telcos to increase the rate and reach of broadband services they deliver over their existing copper networks.
Patent management firm Acacia Research Corporation said its subsidiary, Brilliant Optical Solutions, settled an ongoing patent dispute with XO Communications and signed a licensing agreement with the fiber network provider.
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.
AT&T has been ordered to pay Two-Way Media LLC $27.5 million after a jury in a U.S. District Court in San Diego determined its U-verse service used technology that infringed on two Two-Way Media patents covering online audio and video streaming.
Ericsson remained unfazed by the latest salvo fired by Samsung Electronics in the dispute between the two network manufacturers over patents, saying it was still confident it would win the legal battle.
Google on Wednesday filed a lawsuit charging that BT infringed on four of its patents, contradicting its previous stance that suing other companies over patents is an "attack on innovation."
Unwired Planet, formerly Openwave Systems, purchased a portfolio of nearly 2,000 patents from Ericsson, including intellectual property relating to 2G, 3G and LTE technologies.
AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink--three of the largest U.S. incumbent telcos--are in the midst of a patent war with Brandywine Communications Technologies, a patent holding company.
No market is more successful, and yet also based on standards-essential patents and other patented technologies, than that for these smart devices. You'll find no evidence of stifled innovation or market blocking in smart devices under the Christmas tree this year.
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