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Unwired Planet, Inc. (UPIP) soars after announcement of patent infringement lawsuits against Apple and Google

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Shares of , Unwired Planet Inc. (Nasdaq: UPIP) were up more than 9 percent from Wednesday’s closing price in morning trading on Thursday after the company announced that it filed patent infringement lawsuits against Apple and Google.

Shares touched a high of $2.02 in morning trading, up from Wednesday’s closing price of $1.85.

The complaints charge Apple with infringing on 10 of Unwired Planet’s patents, and charge Google with infringing on 10 different patents, according to a September 20 press release. The 20 patents are related to smart mobile devices, cloud computing, digital content stores, push notification technologies and location-based services including mapping and advertising, the press release stated.

“Apple and Google generate substantial revenues from devices and services that rely on the intellectual property that Unwired Planet developed and patented over the last 15 years,” said Unwired Planet’s CEO Mike Mulica in the September 20 press release. “They should compensate us for the use of our patented technologies, which are foundational to mobility.”

The complaints were filed in Nevada, which was chosen as “one of 14 districts across the United States as a pilot patent district,” and has developed “specialized procedures to handle complex patent cases,” Mulica said. “As a result, we believe the Nevada district will be an ideal venue to resolve this matter with efficiency and expertise.”

Unwired Planet has about 200 U.S. and foreign patents and roughly 75 pending applications, Fores reported.

Shares of UPIP are down about 19 percent over the past three months.

Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) gets Googled, leaps in price

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (NYSE: MMI) shares remain skyward 55% today over Friday’s close after Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) said it would buy the cellphone business for about $12.5 billion, or $40 a share. Monday after the deal was announced, volume for Motorola ballooned to 54.4 million shares from a daily average of 4.3 million.

A release published August 15 noted that the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, was quoted in the release as saying, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”

In the same release, Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said, “This transaction offers significant value for Motorola Mobility’s stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers, and partners around the world.

“We have shared a productive partnership with Google to advance the Android platform, and now through this combination we will be able to do even more to innovate and deliver outstanding mobility solutions across our mobile devices and home businesses.”

Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Its portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices

Google (GOOG) settles with FTC over Buzz

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Google, Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) shares surged as much as .65 percent to $585.50 in morning trading Wednesday, after the internet giant announced it had settled privacy charges with the Federal Trade Commission over Google Buzz. Despite the news, volume for the company was a modest 727,237 after lunch Wednesday, compared to a daily average over 2.5 million.

Per the agreement reached, the Mountain View, California-based Google has agreed to establish a “comprehensive privacy program”, while not admitting to any wrong-doing. This settlement resolves allegations that last year’s launch of Google Buzz, a venture into social networking by the Web giant, initially shared more information than users reasonably expected. The privacy program established includes regular reports on its privacy practices prepared by an independent professional for the next 20 years.

On the Official Google blog, the company stated, “The launch of Google Buzz fell short of our usual standards for transparency and user control—letting our users and Google down. While we worked quickly to make improvements, regulators—including the U.S. Federal Trade Commission—unsurprisingly wanted more detail about what went wrong and how we could prevent it from happening again. Today, we’ve reached an agreement with the FTC to address their concerns. We’ll receive an independent review of our privacy procedures once every two years, and we’ll ask users to give us affirmative consent before we change how we share their personal information.”

The settlement, approved 5-0 by the commissioners, is subject to public comment and final approval.

Jon Leibowitz, the Democratic chairman of the FTC, commented, “When companies make privacy pledges, they need to honor them. This is a tough settlement that ensures that Google will honor its commitments to consumers and build strong privacy protections into all of its operations.”