Qualcomm fined $975M, agrees to lower royalties in China

US chipmaker Qualcomm has been fined CNY6.088 billion (about $975 million) by China’s antitrust regulator and has agreed to modify its licensing practices and reduce royalties to satisfy the government’s anti-competitive ruling. The company, which made about $7.57 billion last …

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Ericsson and Apple set for US patent battle

Ericsson and Apple have both filed lawsuits in the US courts, following failed patent negotiations which have left the iPhone maker without a licence to Ericsson’s technology. The Swedish infrastructure vendor said that “every Apple smartphone and tablet with cellular capability …

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Verizon signs Google patent agreement; speaks out on “Johnny-come-latelys”

Verizon and Google have signed a global patent cross-licensing agreement, which the two companies said will lower the risk of “frivolous” litigation in the future. In a blog, Verizon general counsel Randall Milch wrote the pact will reduce the supply …

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Microsoft licenses Android to Motorola; Nokia deal to close

Microsoft agreed a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions on Monday that will see the latter gain access to Microsoft’s Android and Chrome OS patent portfolio.