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LG wins battle against patent troll in U.S.

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's No. 2 tech giant LG Electronics Inc. said Friday it won a patent battle with U.S.-based non-practicing entities (NPEs). Technology Properties Limited (TPL) had filed a petition against LG in July 2012, claiming the South Korean firm infringed its patent on application processors, which function as the "brain" of smartphones. The U.S. International Trade Commission cleared LG Electronics of the accusations, making its preliminary conclusion in September last year official.

Samsung clinches patent deal with Cisco

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it has agreed with U.S. networking firm Cisco Systems Inc. to share their intellectual properties and avoid patent disputes. Under the latest cross-license agreement, Samsung and Cisco will share their existing patents as well as those obtained over the next 10 years, allowing the two industry leaders to tap into deeper research and development.

Samsung clinches patent deal with Cisco

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it has agreed with U.S. networking firm Cisco Systems Inc. to share their intellectual properties and avoid patent disputes. Under the latest cross-license agreement, Samsung and Cisco will share their existing patents as well as those obtained over the next 10 years, allowing the two industry leaders to tap into deeper research and development.

Cisco and Google sign patent cross-licensing agreement

(Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc and Google Inc said they had entered into a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement covering a broad range of products and technologies. The cross-licensing agreement is an effective way to help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits, the companies said in a statement. "We're pleased to enter into this cross-license, and we welcome discussions with any company interested in a similar arrangement," said Allen Lo, Google's deputy general counsel for patents.

Twitter buys patents, seals licensing pact with IBM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has bought 900 patents and signed a cross-licensing agreement with IBM, making peace with Big Blue and bulking up on its intellectual property portfolio as it takes on larger rivals Google and Facebook.

Wi-LAN delivers fourth-quarter profit as revenues exceed its expectations

OTTAWA - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) had a US$2.4 million profit in the fourth quarter as the patent licensing firm's revenue surpassed its management's expectations. The company, which reports in U.S dollars, said its earnings were equivalent to two cents per share, compared to a loss of $2.1 million, or two cents a share, a year earlier. Wi-LAN licenses the rights to patents in its portfolio and earns money through royalty payments from companies that use the protected technology in their products and services.

Ceva fourth-quarter profit, revenue top expectations

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli mobile chip designer Ceva Inc reported higher quarterly net profit and revenue that beat analysts' expectations as the company broadened its portfolio of products and secured new customers. Ceva said on Thursday it earned 20 cents a share excluding one-off items in the fourth quarter, compared with 19 cents a year earlier while revenue rose 8 percent to $14 million. Analysts had forecast Ceva would earn 15 cents on revenue of $12 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Google set to face Intellectual Ventures in landmark patent trial

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intellectual Ventures is set to square off this week against Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit in the first trial that the multibillion-dollar patent-buying firm has undertaken since it was founded. Privately-held Intellectual Ventures sued Motorola in 2011, claiming the mobile phone maker infringed patents covering a variety of smartphone-related technologies, including Google Play. Motorola has denied the allegations and will now go to trial over three of those patents.

South Africa slams Big Pharma in generic drugs row

By Tiisetso Motsoeneng JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa on Friday slammed global drug firms over a covert campaign against its planned overhaul of intellectual property laws to favor cheaper generic drugs, accusing pharmaceutical companies of a "satanic" plot to commit "genocide". It is not the first time drugmakers have clashed with Pretoria. A decade ago the industry was forced to climb down in a bruising battle with South Africa over AIDS drugs patents and access to generics.

New York bears down on patent trolls, settles with Delaware firm

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's attorney general has reached a civil settlement that bars a Delaware firm from using what he called "deceptive" means to get businesses to pay money for patent licenses. The settlement with MPHJ Technology Investments LLC heralds what the attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, called new guidelines to assure that so-called "patent trolls" do not use improper tactics.
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