Topic / Germany

Nokia sues HTC, RIM and Viewsonic over patent infringement

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Nokia has launched a whole bunch of lawsuits against HTC, RIM and Viewsonic, claiming that they violate (collectively) 45 of Nokia’s patents. It has not revealed what patents each case entails, but all the cases are either in the US or in Germany. It has filed its US cases against HTC with the International Trade Commission, and HTC and Viewsonic in the Federal District Court in Delaware. In Germany, it […]

Xbox 360, Windows 7 banned in Germany in patent dispute

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This is banned in Germany – with Windows 7 A patent dispute between Motorola and Microsoft has now escalated with a German court ruling that the Xbox 360 cannot be sold within the country. Also included in the banned list include Windows 7, Internet Explorer and the Windows Media Player. The dispute between the two companies is over video compression technologies over the H.264 video codec – a widely used […]

German court upholds iCloud and MobileMe push emails ban

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Germans won’t be getting push email anytime soon with Apple’s appeal to the Mannheim regional court failed. The court basically sided with Motorola Mobility, and agreed with an earlier decision that saw the company forced to remove the service in Germany earlier in February. The court also is forcing Apple to pay damages to Motorola Mobility (and indirectly Google, since now they own the company), but the exact amount has […]

Apple still keeps Samsung out of Germany as court upholds injunction

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The tablet that Apple does not want you see, buy or touch – because it apparently looks like the iPad The Samsung/Apple war looks like to get a bit worse for Samsung, with a German court upholding an injunction requested by the iPad maker to ban sales of rival Android-powered device – the Samsung Galaxy tablets. With this ruling, this pretty much secure the iPad as the dominant tablet maker […]

Did Apple fake evidence to ban the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe?

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Screenshot from the filing. (Image: Webwered.nl) Apple may have produced false evidence in a case that resulted in the banning of rival Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, with the one produced in the case is being claimed to not match the proportions of the actual device. The ban of the tablet affects the entire EU, with the exception of the Netherlands. There is a separate case there but a […]

BIG BULLY: Apple also suing Motorola over XOOM design infringment

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Turns out, Samsung isn’t the only company that is getting screwed by Apple. Motorola is too, with a recent court filing in a German court revealing that Apple is using the same argument it is using against Samsung – it looks the same as the iPad. Yes, really. They are still using that bulls**t claim. According to FOSS Patents, the Cupertino-based company is saying that the Motorola XOOM – which […]

Apple forces Amazon to stop accepting apps in Germany over the word “Appstore”

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While Apple has failed to stop Amazon from using the word “Appstore” in the United States, it has managed to do so in, of all places, Germany. Yes, Germany. In addition, Apple has successfully asked a court for an injunction, forcing Amazon to no longer able to accept new applications from German developers who were looking for a place to sell their application outside of the official Marketplace. According to […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 41: Copyright THIS!

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Image: Fertala/Flickr (Creative Commons) New Zealand is about to get a three-strikes law that remains very controversial, in how it got passed and what’s in the law. The TECHGEEK Weekly Podcast discuss the impact it has, while also discussing about Android’s latest security flaw and the BlackBerry Playbook. Meanwhile, it looks like one post on our site is about to be a cause in an all-out staff rivalry – I’ll […]

Steve Jobs goes on medical leave again

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Steve Jobs, Apple’s Chief Executive, is taking another medical leave, bringing questions around Jobs’ future in the company he established and returned to bring it back from the brink of bankruptcy.

Nokia expands Apple patent infringement lawsuit to Europe

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Nokia has announced that it will expand its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple from the United States to courts in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, alleging that the iPhone maker used 13 of its patents without permission, such as one for basic gestures for touchscreens. The 13 are in addition to the 24 patents that it claims Apple infringed in United States courts.

Zune expands to new markets – brings movie rentals to Aussie gamers

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Big news from Redmond for gamers, and those who use their Xbox 360s as a media hub. Microsoft has decided to extend its Zune platform to more markets – despite the fact that the Zune player is only available (officially) in the United States. “The integration between Zune, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE is an exciting expansion in our entertainment offerings,” Craig Eisler, Corporate VP of Interactive Entertainment Business […]

Google Mail becomes Gmail in UK

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Living in the UK, you may have wondered why Gmail is Google Mail over there. Well, it’s not because that Google hates you, it just happens to be because of a trademark dispute. Well, it seems they have gotten over that hurdle and will now bring back the name Gmail in the UK. As the Google blog explains: If you already have a Google email account in the UK, you’ll […]

Report: Palm Pre not heading for Verizon

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The Palm Pre might not be coming to another carrier anytime soon, with a report from TheStreet.com claiming that Verizon Wireless, the largest carrier in the United States, will not be offering the touch screen phone in January of next year, when Palm’s current exclusivity contract with Sprint Nextel ends in 2009. The news was able to shock investors, and was able to bring down Palm’s shares down to more […]