January 2014

Google Loses Android Patent Suit to SimpleAir, Faces $125M in Damages

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 22:02

January 22, 2014 - A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found that with the push notification services in Android, Google infringes a SimpleAir patent. The Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) services, which send instant notifications to applications such as Twitter, Gmail and Facebook, were found to infringe SimpleAir's U.S. Patent No.

Cable Companies Sue Rockstar for FRAND Violation

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:07

January 22, 2014 - A group of cable companies, including Charter Communications and several smaller companies, banded together to sue the Rockstar Consortium in U.S. District Court in Delaware for violating agreements to charge only Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) royalty rates for the Nortel patents. Rockstar had agreed at the time of its massive patent purchase in 2011 to honor the FRAND agreements made by Nortel regarding its patents.

Medtronic Ordered to Pay $392 Million to Edwards Lifesciences

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 11:58

January 15, 2014 - Medtronic Inc. was ordered to pay over $392 million to Edwards Lifesciences Corp. when it lost a patent infringement lawsuit concerning patents on a new heart valve device. Medtronic already paid Edwards $84 million in initial damages last year related to a patent case that is still pending.