In more than two decades as a publicly-traded company, Spherix Inc. developed diabetes treatments, marketed a low-calorie sweetener and handled campground reservations. Now it’s dealing in something completely different: patents.
Google Inc.’s loss in bidding for the $4.5 billion portfolio of Nortel Networks Corp. patents last week means the Internet-search company will be looking to buy other inventions to build a bulwark against lawsuits targeting its Android system, patent brokers said.
Eastman Kodak Co., seeking to sell or license a portfolio of more than 1,100 patents, sued Apple Inc. and HTC Corp. in an expansion of a legal strategy that may help boost the value of its inventions to fund a turnaround.
Eastman Kodak Co. won an appeals court ruling that it didn’t violate Apple Inc.’s patent rights over a way to process digital images in a case that the iPhone maker filed at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. were among companies that reached a settlement of patent-infringement claims by NTP Inc., the licenser that extracted a $612.5 million settlement from Research in Motion Ltd. six years ago.
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc., told his biographer that he’d rather wage “thermonuclear war” with Google Inc. than make deals to share its technology with the maker of the Android operating system.
Boeing Co. ’s 787 Dreamliner, grounded for two weeks because of a fire during a flight, will be delayed for a seventh time as months of testing remain before the plane can be certified for passenger use, analysts say.
Patents are becoming so valuable that Apple Inc. and Google Inc. may have to pay a 50 percent premium to buy InterDigital Inc., even after a decision to put itself up for sale sparked a 72 percent jump in the stock.