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Apple sues Samsung over ‘Galaxy’ phone, Tab

Samsung's Galaxy Tab, one of the company's devices drawing scrutiny from Apple. (Denis Doyle/Bloomberg)

Apple Inc. filed a lawsuit claiming Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. copied the look and feel of its popular iPhone smartphones and iPad tablet computers, the latest in a series of legal skirmishes that underscore the increasingly high stakes of the mobile computing market.

The lawsuit, filed on April 15, alleged that Samsung’s smartphones, including the “Galaxy S 4G,” “Epic 4G,” “Nexus S” and its “Galaxy Tab” touchscreen tablet, violate Apple’s intellectual property. The 38-page lawsuit was filed in the U.S. court’s northern California district. Get the full story »

Motorola, Huawei settle patent suit

Motorola Solutions Inc. and Huawei Technologies Co. said Wednesday they have agreed to settle all pending litigation between the companies. Get the full story »

Google, ITA deal approved with conditions

The Justice Department approved Google’s purchase of ticketing software company ITA Software as long as ITA’s products remain available to Google’s rivals. Get the full story »

China misses deadline on piracy ruling

China has missed a deadline to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling against restrictions on foreign companies distributing copyright-intensive goods including books, newspapers, films, DVDs and music, U.S. movie and music groups said Monday. Get the full story »

Smartphone rivalry plays out in patent suits

Competition among smart phone makers is heating up at retail, in advertising and, increasingly, in the courtroom as handset and software makers wield patent lawsuits to protect their turf and slow down their rivals.

Though Apple’s iPhone changed the categoryin 2007 and still leads the market, there are a flood of rivals and copy cats making it difficult for smart phone makers to stand out to consumers or persuade them to pay more for their devices.

In turn, that has prompted a slew of patent disputes over all aspects of basic phone use, from the way a user swipes a touch screen to perform an action to the method a phone uses to extend battery life. Nokia is suing Apple, Apple is suing HTC, Microsoft is suing Motorola and more. Get the full story »

Firm sues Groupon claiming patent infringement

From Bloomberg News | Tampa-based Ewinwin Inc., which maintains a site where businesses promote their products and set prices based on the number of customers who place orders, has filed suit again Chicago-based daily coupon site Groupon, claiming it is infringing on four of its patents. The four patents were issued in 2006, 2007, and in March and April. Get the full story>>

U.S. urges EU to join forces on China IP rights

The United States urged European states on Monday to join forces with Washington in pressuring China to change its policies on intellectual property rights and foreign investment. Get the full story »

Brinks Hofer lays off 18 more staffers

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione laid off 18 people Tuesday, including seven lawyers, its second round of cutbacks in eight months.

Fifteen of the 18 were based in the home office in Chicago, said Gary Ropski, president of the firm that specializes in intellectual property law. The layoffs affected 4.5 percent of the firm’s workforce of about 400. Get the full story »