The European Commission has announced a settlement decision in a cartel case that involved ten producers of DRAM memory chips. The fine, which totals €331,273,800 (around £286 million) includes a reduction of 10% for the companies' acknowledgement of the facts. The companies involved were Micron, Samsung, Hynix, Infineon, NEC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Elpida and Nanya. Micron was not fined because it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission in 2002. Only one of the companies – Infineon – was based in Europe but all sell their products in the European Economic Area (EEA) and must abide by EU law.
Klausner Technologies has filed a lawsuit against HTC, claiming that HTC has infringed its Visual Voicemail patents.
The company owns 25 Visual Voicemail patents in the US, Canada, Europe, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.
Apple has filed a lawsuit against HTC, claiming that HTC has infringed a number of Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.
The lawsuit has been filed with the US District Court in Delaware and also with the US International Trade Commission, which has the power to block imports of HTC devices if it rules in Apple's favour.
Nokia has followed up its recent legal action against Apple by filing a complaint with the USA's International Trade Commission.
It alleges that Apple infringes seven Nokia patents in almost all of its mobile phones, portable music players and computers.