1. Nokia settles patent fight with Lenovo

The multi-year patent fight between China’s Lenovo Group and Finland’s Nokia has been settled. This has resolved all pending across all jurisdictions according to the companies, on Wednesday. It is said that Lenovo will make a net balancing payment to Nokia. However, the terms of the cross-license agreement remain confidential. The suit against Lenovo was launched by Nokia in 2019 over allegations of infringement of 20 video compression technology patents.

2. Apple’s new patent could change laptop keyboards forever

A new patent that removes keyboards from laptops was registered by Apple. The patent was granted on 30th March. It was described as a “configurable force-sensitive input structure for electronic devices”, This will replace the keyboard’s keys with small displays, allowing the keyboard to change based on user preferences rather than having the default QWERTY configuration. 

3. Trademark issue: Bombay HC rules in favour of Prince Pipes

Prince Platinum Pipe and Fittings, Vigor Plast India and Dhananjay Brass Products have been restrained from using the Prince trademark in their products by the Bombay High Court. An ad interim injunction was delivered by Justice GS Patel stating that it was an obvious attempt to trade upon and cash in on the reputation and goodwill built, by Prince Pipes and Fittings.

4. Central government notifies Copyright (Amendment) Rules, 2021

The Central government has notified the Copyright (Amendment) Rules, 2021 which amends the Copyright Rules, 2013. The objective behind introducing the amendment is to bring accountability and transparency. The new amendment introduces changes with respect to copyright societies which include their registration, management, and functioning. Another major change that was brought in was the abolition of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board.

5. US Supreme Court Rules Google’s Copying of Oracle’s Java API Was Fair Use

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. in which the nation’s highest court ruled that Google’s copying of 11,500 lines of declaring code from Oracle’s Java application programming interface (API), which Google copied in order to create its incredibly commercially successful Android smartphone platform, was a fair use of Oracle’s copyrighted computer code. As to the nature of Oracle’s copyrighted work, the Court said that, while the declaring code on the one hand “resembles other copyrighted works in that it is part of a computer program…it differs, however, from many other kinds of copyrightable computer code.” This is because it cannot be separated from other, uncopyrightable elements.

6. Apple Files Opposition to Trademark Application for Water Bottle Logo 

Apple filed a notice of opposition at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) asking the Board to deny registration to a trademark application filed by Georgette, LLC which would cover the use of an apple-shaped logo on purified drinking water and bottled water. Georgette LLC’s logo consists of a whole apple, not one with a bite taken out, and with the words “I am Arcus” written across it. Apple says that this mark “features a stylized apple design with a right-angled, detached leaf, rendering it visually similar to Apple’s famous Apple Marks.”

7. Nike and MSCHF reach a settlement in ‘Satan Shoes’ trademark lawsuit

Sports giant Nike and product studio MSCHF have reached a settlement in the trademark infringement battle over MSCHF’s Satan Shoes, which were modified versions of Nike Air Max 97s. The shoes that were released in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X were priced at $1.018 and decorated with a pentagram pendant and a drop of human blood in the soles. Despite being quickly sold out, the sneakers drew a lot of online outrage against Nike, following which a federal complaint was filed by them (Nike) against MSCHF wherein a temporary injunction to halt the fulfilment of Satan Shoes was issued. The current settlement between the companies as reported by Nike is such that MSCHF will issue a voluntary recall on the shoes and offer a buy-back program for previously released modified Nike sneakers called “Jesus Shoes”. 

8. Apple and Qualcomm face lawsuit over patent infringement on 5G chips

A lawsuit was filed by a patent troll named Red Rock in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas last week against tech giants Apple and Qualcomm. The lawsuit alleges that a handful of the 5G wireless transceivers that are being used by Apple and Qualcomm were infringing their patents, while also adding that the iPhone 12 series by Apple uses these infringing transceiver technology, as the lineup incorporates Qualcomm’s 5G modems. It further alleges that both the companies had prior knowledge of the existence of the patent and that Qualcomm had received notices on the same at least three times between 2008 and 2011. The infringing products as stated in the lawsuit are Qualcomm’s SMR526, SDR865, and SDX55M. 

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