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    Nokia sues Apple for infringing patents, industry back on war footing

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

    Headquarters of Finnish telecommunication network company Nokia are pictured in Espoo, Finland August 4, 2016. Lehtikuva/Irene Stachon/via REUTERS

    Nokia Corp. said on Wednesday it had filed a number of lawsuits against Apple Inc. for violating 32 technology patents, striking back at the iPhone maker’s legal action targeting the one-time cellphone industry leader a day earlier.

    Nokia’s lawsuits, filed in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, cover patents for displays, user interfaces, software, antennas, chipsets and video coding.

    “Since agreeing a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple’s products,” Nokia said in a statement.

    Apple on Tuesday had taken legal action against Acacia Research Corp. and Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc., accusing them of colluding with Nokia to extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly from Apple.

    “We’ve always been willing to pay a fair price to secure the rights of patents covering technology in our products,” said Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock. “Unfortunately, Nokia has refused to license their patents on a fair basis and is now using the tactics of a patent troll to attempt to extort money from Apple by applying a royalty rate to Apple’s own inventions they had nothing to do with.”

    Acacia and Conversant did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and Nokia was not immediately available to comment on the Apple lawsuit.

    The legal action by Nokia and Apple appear to mark a revival of the “smartphone patent wars” that began five years ago, when Apple filed a series of patent infringement cases against Samsung Electronics around the world, with wins and losses on both sides.

    Apple’s lawsuit against Acacia, Conversant and Nokia was filed only one day after Ottawa-based Conversant named Boris Teksler as its new chief executive. He had worked as Apple’s director of patent licensing and strategy from 2009 to 2013, the latter half of his tenure overlapping with the lawsuits against Samsung.

    Acacia is a publicly traded patent licensing firm based in Newport Beach, California. One of its subsidiaries sued Apple for patent infringement and was awarded $22 million by a Texas jury in September.

    Similarly, Conversant, which claims to own thousands of patents, announced last week that a Silicon Valley jury had awarded one of its units a $7.3 million settlement in an infringement case against Apple involving two smartphone patents.

    Nokia, once the world’s dominant cellphone maker, missed out on the transition to smartphones triggered by Apple’s introduction of the iPhone in 2007.

    The Finnish company sold its handset business to Microsoft Corp. two years ago, leaving it with its telecom network equipment business and a bulging portfolio of mobile equipment patents.

    But this year, Microsoft sold its Nokia-feature phone business to a new company called HMD Global.

    Nokia agreed to a 10-year licensing deal with HMD, which continues to market low-cost Nokia phones and plans to introduce new Nokia smartphone models next year. — Reuters

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    Samsung unveils Galaxy S8 smartphone

    by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, March 30th, 2017

    South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics lost to its rival Apple in the smartphone scene after the embarrassing withdrawal of the fire-prone Note 7S.

    Now, it is back with a bang.

    Boasting some of the largest wrap-around screens ever made, Samsung’s long-awaited Galaxy S8 is finally unveiled.

    “This is a big one, and Ithink that Samsung had a lot to prove — and I think they did. I mean I haven’t used the phone for extended period of time but what I’ve seen so far is very positive,” said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst of Moor Insights & Strategy.

    Two versions of the Galaxy S8, code-named ‘Dream’, internally, were launched at a media event here in New York on Wednesday: 6.2-inch and 5.8-inch curved screens – the largest to date for Samsung’s premium smartphones.

    “We spent a little bit of time about the new battery suit safety program they had, which I think was a good thing, but I think to consumers, if it’s a great phone, that’s going to just fade into the background,” Moorhead said.

    The phones, which will go on sale on April 21, are slightly longer but comparable in width to their predecessors as Samsung has eliminated nearly all of the bezel borders around the face to maximize the screen surface area.

    The S8 features Samsung’s new artificial intelligence service, Bixby, with functions including a voice-commanded assistant system similar to Apple’s Siri. — UNTV News and Rescue

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    Customs seizes P20-M worth of fake iPhones, Samsung

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — Officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have already opened on January 12 the boxes from China which was named under consignee, Autumnway

    The boxes contain an estimated 400 fake iPhones, 100 fake Samsung phones, fake Samsung powerbanks, other cellphone gadgets and even vape cigarettes.

    There were also spare parts like LCD screens which can be used to make cellphones.

    According to the Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD), the boxes were suspicious because the declared items in the document states office supplies, office equipment and furniture.

    BOC is preparing for the cases to be filed against the consignee, broker and importer of the smuggled gadgets.

    “It will be automatic seizure because of misdeclaration. We’ll file the necessary administrative charges against the broker and the importer…this is a criminal offense and it’s smuggling,” said Atty. Zsae Carrie de Guzman, chief of the IPRD.

    “We have placed this shipment under surveillance for a week because we had derogatory information that the container contains cellphones,” added De Guzman.

    Meanwhile, intelligence reports that are currently being verified by BOC say, more shipments are expected to arrive in the country containing various smuggled items.

    For this reason, BOC is continuing to guard ports to ensure that no smuggled items will be sold in the market. — UNTV News and Rescue

    WATCH: BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon on Get it Straight with Daniel Razon

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    HMD Global launches first Nokia smartphone

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2017

    A new Nokia 6 smartphone is seen in this handout image released by HMD to Reuters on January 7, 2017. HMD/Handout via Reuters

    HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the rights to use Nokia’s brand on mobile phones, announced on Sunday its first smartphone, targeted for Chinese users with a price of 1,699 yuan ($246).

    The launch marks the first new smartphone carrying the iconic handset name since 2014 when Nokia Oyj (NOKIA.HE) chose to sell its entire handset unit to Microsoft (MSFT.O).

    The new device, Nokia 6, runs on Google’s (GOOGL.O) Android platform and is manufactured by Foxconn (2354.TW). It will be sold exclusively in China through online retailer JD.com (JD.O), HMD said.

    “The decision by HMD to launch its first Android smartphone into China is a reflection of the desire to meet the real world needs of consumers in different markets around the world… it is a strategically important market,” HMD said in a statement.

    Nokia was once the world’s dominant cellphone maker but missed the shift to smartphones, and then chose Microsoft’s Windows operating system for its “Lumia” range.

    After the 2014 deal, Microsoft continued selling cheaper basic phones under Nokia’s name and Lumia smartphones under its own name, but last year, it largely abandoned both businesses.

    HMD in December took over the Nokia feature phones business and struck a licensing deal that gave it sole use of the Nokia brand on all phones and tablets for the next decade.

    It will pay Nokia royalties for the brand and patents, but Nokia has no direct investment in HMD. Nokia Oyj is currently focused on telecom network equipment business and technology patents.

    HMD CEO Arto Nummela, who was once responsible for Nokia’s sales and product development, told Reuters last month that HMD aims to be one of the key competitive players in the smartphone business where it faces tough competition from Apple (AAPL.O), Samsung (005930.KS) and dozens of other players.

    HMD launched some new Nokia basic phones last month. It said on Sunday it was looking to launch more new products in the first half of the year.

    (Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl and Eric Auchard)

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