Concerned that Google and Oracle were paying authors and journalists to influence a highly-publicized trial, a federal judge asked them to name names. Today, the parties filed their lists – Oracle names FOSS Patents blogger Florian Mueller and Google names no one.
Should journalists have to disclose when they take money from companies to “report” on issues? As this type of fake journalism becomes more common, one judge appears to have had enough.
Taking money to plug a company is a cardinal sin of journalism and can even be against the law. Yet, astro-turfing — spinning paid opinion as popular sentiment — remains a thriving trade all the same.
Apple won a small victory in Germany on Tuesday as the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court upheld its injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. In the meantime, the European Union is putting Samsung’s recent patent claims under a regulatory microscope with a full-scale investigation.
Samsung suffered another reversal in its patent battle with Apple on Friday morning, as the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany dismissed the Korean company’s second patent complaint related to 3G/UMTS technology. Last week, the same court rejected another similar Samsung complaint about 3G tech.
Apple is looking to sharpen the teeth on a recent import ban it secured from the ITC against HTC smartphones, according to an appeal filing discovered Wednesday. The appeal seems to at least seek to broaden the scope of the ITC’s ruling.
Apple’s iPhone 4S won’t be blocked for sale in Italy, at least not in the near-term. A Milan court rejected Samsung’s request for a preliminary injunction against the device on Thursday. It’s the third time Samsung’s attempts to hobble Apple in Europe have been blocked.
Florian Mueller, a German software savant, is invaluable to many in the public and media for his ability to explain the arcane patent battle…
The mobile industry is waking this morning to the huge news that Google plans to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, marking a 60-plus percent premium for the business. Some of the best posts so far in reaction to the news: My colleague Kevin C. Tofel questions whether other manufacturers of Android handsets will trust Google post-acquisition, Henry Blodget outlines why the deal could be a disaster, and Florian Mueller explains why the pick-up isn’t entirely (or even primarily) about Moto’s patents. The most level-headed response I’ve seen comes from Darrell Etherington over at The Apple Blog, who predicts the deal “won’t give (Moto) what Apple has.” That’s probably true, but it’s still an acquisition that will have a huge impact on the mobile world.
Samsung has agreed not to bring its latest tablet to market in Australia until that country resolves a patent lawsuit with Apple. As patent guru Florian Mueller points out, the news means Apple and Samsung are now involved in patent disputes in 11 courts in nine countries across four continents. Mueller also writes that “the fact that Samsung didn’t just stand up to defend the U.S. version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 serves as an indication that Apple’s allegations probably have some merit.” So while it’s far too early to predict outcomes for all these patent battles, it’s fair to say Samsung’s global tablet aspirations are suddenly looking more vulnerable.