The U.S. Supreme Court considered making it easier for companies that defeat patent-infringement lawsuits to collect legal fees from the losers in a case with ramifications for Apple Inc. and Google Inc.
Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., which have sued each other around the globe over patents, joined together to tell the European Union to cut down on the ability of companies that license patents to win court rulings limiting product sales.
Consumers and businesses hit with demands to pay royalties for such common technology as sending scanned documents by e-mail or accessing Wi-Fi hotspots could get help from the U.S. government on how to respond.
Apple Inc.’s chances of defeating a 1.57 billion-euro ($2.2 billion) lawsuit in Germany depend on whether an IPCom GmbH patent protects a technology using one or three bits for coding software used in wireless networks.
China’s Wanxiang Group won an auction for Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc., the maker of luxury plug-in hybrid cars, with a $149.2 million bid, almost six times what Fisker was seeking when it filed for bankruptcy.