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Skechers sues Sears over toning-shoe patents

Skechers USA Inc. Tuesday said it filed a lawsuit against Sears Holdings Corp., alleging the retailer sells footwear that infringes some of the shoe company’s products.

The footwear design and marketing firm alleged Sears sells products at its namesake and Kmart retail stores that infringe Sketcher’s Shape-ups, Twinkle Toes and Z-Strap product lines. Skechers is the market leader in the  toning segment — shoes that promise to burn calories and firm muscles. Get the full story »

Microsoft co-founder relaunches tech patent suit

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen relaunched a wide-ranging patent lawsuit against Apple, Google, Facebook and others with specific allegations that the companies are illegally using technology owned by his company. Get the full story »

Microsoft sues Motorola over Xbox patent issue

Microsoft Corp stepped up its legal battle with Motorola Inc on Tuesday, as the software company accused the phone maker of charging excessive royalties on network technology used in Microsoft’s Xbox game system. Get the full story »

WMS sues Bally Gaming over patent infringement

Waukegan-based slot machine maker WMS Industries Inc. said its gaming unit filed a patent infringement lawsuit against a unit of smaller rival Bally Technologies Inc., seeking injunctive relief and unspecified damages.

Several of Bally Gaming’s products, including its Cash Spin product, infringe WMS patents covering WMS’ Transmissive Reels gaming concept and technology, WMS said in a statement. Get the full story »

Motorola sues Apple for patent infringement

Motorola’s mobile devices and TV set-top box subsidiary is suing Apple for patent infringement, alleging that its California-based rival is illegally using Motorola technology in many of its core products and services, including the iPhone and the App Store.

Motorola Mobility, the subsidiary, filed complaints in the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Florida, as well as with the U.S. International Trade Commission. The company said the complaints involve 18 patents relating to “early-stage innovations developed by Motorola” that can be found in the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and some Mac computers. The patents cover such technologies as antenna design, wireless e-mail and location-based services, Motorola said. Get the full story »

Apple challenges $626M patent verdict

Apple Inc.  is challenging the verdict in a patent infringement lawsuit that could force the consumer goods giant to pay up to $625.5 million in damages, according to documents filed with a federal court in Texas on Sunday. Get the full story »

Local firm sues Martha Stewart over bedbug product

Martha Stewart is getting under the skin of a Northbrook-based company.

JAB Distributors LLC , which markets patented mattress products under its Protect-a-Bed name, on Thursday filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. over a bedbug-fighting product. Get the full story »

EBay sued for $3.8B-plus in patent case

EBay Inc. was sued for at least $3.8 billion Tuesday by a Connecticut company that accused the online auctioneer and retailer of infringing six patents to develop lucrative payment systems such as PayPal.

According to the complaint filed Tuesday by XPRT Ventures LLC in the federal court in Delaware, eBay allegedly stole information shared in confidence by the inventors on XPRT’s  patents and incorporated it into features in its own payment systems, such as PayPal Pay Later and PayPal Buyer Credit. Get the full story »