The legal disputes never end in the mobile world. The latest case to make headlines is one brought against Motorola Mobility. The company is currently in the process of being acquired by Google, partially for its patents as it, too, is being sued by Oracle and Apple for patent infringement. To make things more confusing (and a little awkward), this most recent case against Motorola Mobility is initiated by a company Google itself has bankrolled. Talk about a family feud.
Motorola is being sued over Android by a venture funding company called Intellectual Ventures, a collector of patents and intellectual property. Founded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, Intellectual Ventures operates on licensing fees from companies for which it owns patents and intellectual property. Having drawn up deals with many of the top handset manufacturers, Intellectual Ventures has already been in talks with Motorola, but things have taken a turn for the worst.
“Unfortunately, we have been unable to reach agreement on a licence,” says Intellectual Ventures chief litigation counsel Melissa Finocchio. “We have a responsibility to our current customers and our investors to defend our intellectual property rights against companies such as Motorola Mobility who use them without a licence.”
Ice Cream Sandwich (not) coming next week
It’s a sticky situation as the mobile industry becomes an incestuous compound of patent suits and licensing deals, sales bans and acquisitions. But chaos only seems to steady Google’s focus on dominating a given sector, and mobile’s no exception. As the company grows its Android platform, its software is key to the mobile OS’s future. The promise of Ice Cream Sandwich, the version of Android expected to unify the smartphone and tablet OS and diminish fragmentation, could finally be unveiled next week.
A week after the announcement of the iPhone 4S comes the “Big Event” on October 11. A joint media effort by Samsung and Google, the hope is that we’ll see the Nexus Galaxy (formerly thought to be the Nexus Prime), the first device to run Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Google’s got a bit of breathing room for the Android update, as the iPhone 4S event didn’t provide any industry-shattering developments, but the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich could help Google maintain a competitive standard for its Android devices and boost its tablet market as well.
Update: For unnamed reasons, the Samsung-Google event has been postponed. Speculations indicate it could have something to do with the passing of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, but details are sparse.
Pocket-lint posts on their blog:
We have received the following combined statement: “Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”