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Jun 5, 2013

Apple infringes Samsung patent on older iPhones, iPads – U.S. agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics scored a victory over rival Apple Inc in their long-running dispute over mobile device patents after a U.S. trade agency issued an order banning older but still-popular Apple products from the U.S. market.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled on Tuesday that the Silicon Valley giant had infringed on a patent owned by Samsung that involves the ability of devices to transmit multiple services simultaneously and correctly through 3G wireless technology.

Jun 4, 2013

U.S. agency: Apple infringes Samsung patent on older iPhones, iPads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics scored a point on Tuesday over global rival Apple Inc in their long-running battle over mobile device patents.

A U.S. trade body found the Silicon Valley giant had infringed on a patent owned by the Korean company and slapped a ban on the sale of certain older iPhone and iPad models sold by AT&T Inc.

Jun 4, 2013

Apple infringes Samsung patent on older iPhones, iPads – U.S. ITC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics on Tuesday scored a point over global rival Apple Inc in their years-long running battle over mobile device patents.

A U.S. trade body found the Silicon Valley giant had infringed upon on a patent owned by the Korean company and slapped a ban on the sale of certain older iPhone and iPad models sold by AT&T Inc.

Jun 4, 2013

Obama takes action to curb frivolous patent lawsuits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took steps on Tuesday aimed at curbing what the White House called frivolous lawsuits over patent infringement, directing his administration to craft new regulations and urging Congress to pass new laws.

The move – announced ahead of an Obama fundraising trip this week to Silicon Valley in California – comes at a time when U.S. lawmakers and courts also are looking for ways to reduce the number of unwarranted patent lawsuits.

May 17, 2013

Tesoro wins US antitrust OK to buy California BP refinery

WASHINGTON/HOUSTON, May 17 (Reuters) – U.S. refiner Tesoro
Corp. has received formal approval from antitrust
regulators to buy a BP Plc refinery in southern
California for more than $2 billion without requiring any asset
sales.

The Federal Trade Commission, which assessed the deal to
ensure it complies with antitrust law, said there was evidence
that combining the BP refinery and a Tesoro refinery, which
nearly abut each other, could reduce the cost of producing the
special, low-carbon gasoline that state law requires be sold in
California.

May 16, 2013

Exclusive: U.S. approval of Tesoro BP refinery buy seen imminent

HOUSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Independent western U.S. refiner Tesoro Corp (TSO.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) may take ownership of BP Plc’s (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 240,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Carson, California, as early as June 1, sources familiar with the transaction said on Thursday.

Other sources told Reuters that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which assessed the deal to ensure that it complied with antitrust law, were prepared to approve the purchase within days.

May 16, 2013

U.S. approval of Tesoro BP refinery buy seen imminent

HOUSTON/WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) – Independent western
U.S. refiner Tesoro Corp may take ownership of BP Plc’s
240,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Carson,
California, as early as June 1, sources familiar with the
transaction said on Thursday.

Other sources told Reuters that the U.S. Federal Trade
Commission, which assessed the deal to ensure that it complied
with antitrust law, were prepared to approve the purchase within
days.

May 15, 2013

Apple tells U.S. of tough talks, not collusion, with publishers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apple Inc responded to Justice Department accusations it conspired with publishers to push up electronic book prices, saying it negotiated with a number of publishing companies separately and crafted different agreements with each.

U.S. authorities have termed Apple a go-between among several publishing houses who had long wanted to break Amazon.com Inc’s grip on the low-cost digital book market, which had kept publishers’ prices low.

May 3, 2013

Acting U.S. patent office chief tops list to be made permanent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The current acting head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Teresa Stanek Rea, is the frontrunner to be named to the post permanently, according to patent experts and people briefed on the matter.

The patent office, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a primary steward of U.S. intellectual property. It has about 13,000 federal employees.

Apr 29, 2013

Justices decline to hear Eaton Corp antitrust case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday left intact a jury verdict against electrical and hydraulic systems maker Eaton Corp Plc (ETN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) by declining to hear the company’s appeal of antitrust claims made by a rival over the sale of heavy-truck transmissions.

Z.F. Meritor, a joint venture of Meritor Inc (MTOR.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), indirect subsidiary Meritor Transmission Corp and Z.F. Friedrichshafen AG ZFF.UL, had said Eaton violated antitrust laws by giving loyalty discounts in the form of rebates to truck makers who bought more than a certain percentage of parts from Eaton.