Articles about Mobile Software

Introduction to the Gmail API

One of the most difficult questions when creating a new product is how to ensure that the product has a chance to attract a large user base. The good news is that the big players in the technology market such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter let developers create applications that can access…

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Ericsson Gets Paid in Patent Dispute Case Against Samsung

Victories in patent dispute cases sometimes amount to little more than a moral victory. One company sues another and the judgment, if ever actually awarded, hardly covers the cost of legal fees. On January 27, 2014, however, many were reminded that a legal victory can also carry with it pronounced economic benefits,…

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Quandary Peak Assists in Nokia v. HTC Patent Litigation

Nokia’s recent settlement with HTC over smartphone patents was widely reported in the media on Friday, resulting in the dismissal of all pending patent litigation worldwide between the two companies. Industry observers widely cited the outcome as an important step for Nokia in its effort to generate royalties from its patent portfolio.…

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Fresh Ideas for Addressing Mobile Software Security Vulnerabilities

Security has become the Achilles’ heel of most modern software systems. Techniques ranging from manual inspection to automated static and dynamic code analyses are commonly employed to identify security vulnerabilities prior to the release of software. However, these techniques are time-consuming and cannot keep pace with the growth of software repositories, such…

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Malek Provides Deposition Testimony in Home Security Case

Professor Sam Malek, one of Quandary Peak’s computer and software experts, was deposed in a patent case on December 13, 2013. Malek was the lead testifying expert witness on several of the asserted patents. In particular, he was asked to opine on the infringement of U.S. Patent No. 8,350,694 and U.S. Patent No.…

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Runaway Growth: China’s Dominant Role in the Smartphone Market

In 2012, China became the world’s largest smartphone market, having accounted for 26.5% of global smartphone shipments that year. That put it well ahead of the US, whose market share dipped from 21.3% to 17.8% year over year (2011-2012), according to research firm IDC. Looking forward, both countries seem set to continue…

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Smartphone Patent Wars: Timeline of the Apple v. Samsung Legal Battle

Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of intellectual property lawsuits involving Apple Inc. (who, ahem, does not like to be called Apple, Inc.). Apple went after Digital Research and Microsoft during the ’80s and ’90s for copying the “look and feel” of the Macintosh OS. But in the last five years, Apple…

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Edwards Tapped to Testify on GPS, Navigation, and Mapping Patents

Dr. George Edwards, Quandary Peak’s resident guru of location-based mobile services, has been asked to testify as an expert witness in a lawsuit alleging infringement of a patent for “Method and System for Providing an Image Vector-Based Traffic Information.” The case, Porto Technology, Co., Ltd. et al. v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon…

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Android’s Stagefright Media Player Architecture

A significant portion of today’s mobile devices run on top of Android OS. One of the reasons for the widespread adoption of Android is its open source nature. While this allows any programmer to look beyond the basic API (referred to as the Application Framework), understanding and modifying the lower layers of…

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