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Oct 20, 2011

DuPont recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Monsanto, kicking off the latest round of legal wrangling between the rival companies.

DuPont subsidiary Pioneer, maker of Hi-Bred seed products, sued Monsanto for alleged antitrust violations in 2009.

Oct 18, 2011

Fujifilm recently filed a lawsuit against rival Eastman Kodak over digital camera patents.

The Tokyo-based Fujifilm is suing Kodak over four digital camera patents after a deal between the two companies fell through, according to Bloomberg.

In the complaint, Fujifilm alleges Kodak's EasyShare C340 and EasyShare M530 digital cameras violated the Japanese company's patents.

"There's no question in Kodak's current precarious financial state," George Conboy of Brighton Securities said to ABC affiliate WHAM.

Oct 11, 2011

Prior to its November release date, Amazon’s new Kindle Fire is the target of a patent lawsuit, which was filed recently in Texas Eastern District Court.

According to legal documents, Amazon is being accused by Smartphone Technologies of violating four of its patents, which are associated with basic features commonly used on smartphones and tablets.

One of the patents mentioned in the suit relates to a method for using a touchscreen to enter commands on a hand-held computer, while another relates to a method of storing calendars on a PDA.

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Oct 7, 2011

Intellectual Ventures, which Forbes identifies as the world's largest holder of patents, recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against mobile phone company Motorola.

According to the suit, IV owns six patents related to technology Motorola uses in a number of its mobile phones and related products.

Sep 29, 2011

The fourth-largest U.S. mobile phone service, T-Mobile, recently filed a legal document related to on an intellectual property dispute between Apple and Samsung, arguing the court should not prohibit U.S. sales of Samsung's Galaxy line of cell phones and tablets.

At issue is Apple's claim that Samsung's Galaxy products infringe on iPhone patents. In April, Apple sued the South Korean company and requested an injunction against U.S.