Mobile Lowdown 9-13-11: Samsung; Apple/China; Dolby/RIM; Nokia; HP Refunds

A look at some of the big stories in mobile today:

» In the patent battles with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), software is Samsung‘s Achilles heel. Meanwhile, Apple gets 40 new design patents registered in China. (FT; Patently Apple)

» One patent case done: RIM and Dolby have signed a licensing agreement to use Dolby’s audio technologies, and Dolby has dropped its suit. (Dolby)

One still going: Apple asks courts to stay two ongoing Motorola Mobility lawsuits until Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has acquired the company. That’s because while the sale is ongoing, Motorola is very restricted in how it can defend or enforce its patents. (Foss Patents)

» OEMs who launch LTE handsets now run the risk of alienating their customers, because the technology is not working perfectly, claims RIM executive. (via ZDNet)

» Unsurprising, this: Nokia (NYSE: NOK) CEO Stephen Elop predicts uncertainty in the Android camp post Google’s acquisition of Motorola (NYSE: MMI). Meanwhile, Nokia will delay its rollout of Windows Phones in Australia to 2012. (Sina; Wp7r)

» HP is offering people refunds if they purchased the HP (NYSE: HPQ) TouchPad or Pre 3 at full price — in the UK only, it seems. (HP)

» Dolphin, originally created as a gesture-based web browser for the Android OS, now has an iPad-only version. (App store)

» Gowalla focusses on a new direction as an interactive and social city guide. (TechCrunch)

» Barnes & Noble‘s Nook developer program is partnering with mobile app development platform Appcelerator to fast-track more apps to the platform. Appcelerator has 200,000 developers signed up on its network. (B&N release)