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Panasonic set to end smartphone development

Panasonic is reported to have told Japanese operator NTT Docomo it will not supply any …

HTC, Nokia, SE named in patent suit

The Register reports that HTC, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, alongside Exedea and Kyocera, have been named in a patent infringement lawsuit by SmartPhone Technologies LLC.

Sanyo set to finalise mobile phone sale deal to Kyocera

Media reports this week suggest Sanyo will sign a final agreement to sell its mobile phone operations to Kyocera in the next few days, a move which would end a deal that has been ongoing since October last year.

Kyocera to buy Sanyo mobile phone operations

Japanese electronics maker Kyocera has confirmed it will buy Sanyo’s loss-making mobile phone business for 45-50 billion yen (US$375-468 million), a deal that will create the world’s sixth largest mobile phone maker.

Kyocera announces first GSM phone deal

New GSM phone manufacturer Kyocera has announced its first operator customer, securing a deal with Venezuela’s third-largest operator Digitel.

Report: Panasonic says no decision on Sanyo buy

Reuters reports that Pansonic is keeping quiet on speculation it is to buy rival electronics manufacturer Sanyo in a deal that would create Japan’s largest electronics maker.

Panasonic, Sanyo takeover talks flounder

Telecompaper, citing a Financial Times report, notes that the takeover talks between Panasonic and Sanyo are close to falling through as three major shareholders broke off the negotiations.

Panasonic’s second Sanyo bid rejected by Goldman

The Times reports that Goldman Sachs has snubbed a second, and increased, offer by Panasonic for the stake that the American bank holds in Sanyo, the struggling Japanese electronics group that it rescued two years ago.

Panasonic, Sanyo confirm merger

Panasonic will acquire rival Japanese electronics maker Sanyo for up to JPY800 billion (US$9 billion) through a public tender offer after major shareholders, including Goldman Sachs, agreed to the takeover, the companies said Friday.

Fractus sues ten vendors for patent infringement

Ten mobile phone vendors are being sued for allegedly infringing patents relating to internal antennas used on their handsets, according to a Cellular News report.