Motorola Mobility (MMI:US), which Google Inc. (GOOG:US) is selling to Lenovo Group Ltd. (992), is likely to escape an antitrust fine when European Union regulators rule that it tried to use patents to block sales of Apple Inc. (AAPL:US) products, two people familiar with the case said.
The European Commission will only order Motorola Mobility to drop legal injunctions over patents that relate to technology that’s necessary for industry-standard products such as mobile phones, said the people, who asked not to be named because a final decision hasn’t been made. The EU could announce a decision as soon this week.
The EU is cracking down on patent abuses as Motorola Mobility, Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. trade victories in courts around the world on intellectual property. Joaquin Almunia, the EU’s antitrust chief, has said he’s targeting “rules of the game” to prevent companies from unfairly using their inventions to thwart rivals.
Apple, Google Can Pursue Smartphone Patent Cases, Court Says
Apple Inc. and Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility can pursue claims the other infringed smartphone technology patents, after a U.S. appeals court in Washington ruled a judge wrongly threw out the case.
A federal judge in Chicago had dismissed the claims, rejecting reports from each company’s experts on damages, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said in an opinion posted April 25 on its website. The court did say that Motorola Mobility wouldn’t be able to block Apple sales based on its only patent remaining in the case.
The case is one of several between Apple and Motorola Mobility. Neither one has been able to strike a significant blow against the other, despite lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany. Google inherited the case when it bought Motorola Mobility to obtain about 17,000 patents and applications that could be used to hit back at Apple’s claims of copying in phones that run on Google’s Android operating system.
The appeals court case is Apple Inc. v. Motorola Inc., 12-1548, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Washington). The lower court case is Apple Inc. v. Motorola Inc., 11-cv-8540, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).
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Amazon.com Sued by Adult-Content Provider Over FyreTV Marks
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN:US), the world’s largest online retailer, was sued for trademark infringement by a provider of streaming adult content.
WREAL LLC of Miami accused Seattle-based Amazon of infringing its FyreTV and FyreTV.com trademarks with the retailer’s Fire TV steaming media player.
Amazon didn’t immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment on the lawsuit.
The case is WREAL LLC v. Amazon.com Inc., 14-cv-21385, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (Miami).
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Chow Tai Fook Claims Victory in Shanghai Counterfeit Suits
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd. (1929), the world’s largest jewelry chain, said it prevailed in litigation against two Shanghai companies involved in producing counterfeit versions of its products.
The Hong Kong-based company said in an e-mailed statement that the Huang Pu district court ruled in its favor April 23, ordering the defendants to halt all infringing activities and pay damages. The company didn’t disclose the amount of damages in the statement.
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