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Amazon Web Services: Amazon says its Web services are back up and running Monday after its facilities on the East Coast went down following a Friday storm in the D.C. area.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Amazon Web Services spokeswoman Tera Randall said one of its 10 data centers in Virginia lost both primary and backup power, which “ended up impacting a single-digit percentage” of instances in the region.

“We began restoring service to most of the impacted customers Friday night and the remainder were restored on Saturday,” Randall said.

Apple, Proview: Apple has agreed to pay $60 million to electronics company Proview to continue using the iPad name for its popular tablet computer in China.

The Associated Press reported that the Guangdong High People’s Court said the case had been settled and that Apple had transferred the money into the court’s account. Proview, a struggling Chinese electronics company that held the “IPAD” trademark for a desktop computer, said that Apple had misrepresented itself when it originally sought to buy the name before the iPad tablet’s 2007 launch.

Apple also won an injunction against Korean company Samsung over the Galaxy Nexus, which the Cupertino, Calif.-based company said infringes on patents it holds for the iPhone. Samsung has appealed the decision, FOSS Patents reported.

Patent office to open in Silicon Valley: The U.S. Patent Office said Monday that it will open satellite patent offices in three locations around the United States.: Dallas, Denver and in the Silicon Valley area of California. The office previously said it will open a Detroit office on July 13.

In a news release, USPTO director David Kappos said that he hopes that opening the new offices is “improving the effectiveness of our IP system and breathing new life into the innovation ecosystem.”

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), who represents the Silicon Valley area said that it was a “wise decision” to open the office in the area.

“With Stanford and other top research universities, a highly skilled workforce, and a sizable share of the nation's patents, it's critical to have a patent office in Silicon Valley,” Eshoo said.

According to the Commerce Department, the office will be in San Jose, Calif.

FTC to look at Motorola patents: The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly opened a formal investigation into whether Google is properly licensing its Motorola industry-standard patents, Bloomberg reported Saturday. The report, citing “three people familiar with the situation” said that the agency is looking into whether Google — which finalized its purchase of Motorola Mobility earlier this year — will license some of its technology on fair and reasonable terms, and will also reportedly examine patent suits that cite industry-standard patents.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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