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Boston University this week has filed a complaint against Apple for infringing a technology patent filed by one of its professor way back in 1997. The complaint which is asking the federal court to ban the sale of Apple products including the iPhone 5, the iPad and the MacBook Air, states that said Apple products contain “a gallium nitride thin film semiconductor device.” Boston University claims that said device is still under patent protection which was filed by a Professor named Theodore Moustakas in 1995.…Read More »
Apple has found an unlikely ally as they seek for a sales ban on Samsung products that infringe on their patents. Nokia has filed an amicus brief on behalf of Apple in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.…Read More »
Judge reduces damages awarded to Apple in Apple vs Samsung trial from $1.05 billion to $598 million, plus orders a new trial
Apple is having what can best be described as a crappy week. First they are forced to pay $368 million to a patent troll. Then they are taunted by Samsung vis-a-vis Samsung’s lawyers hiring the UK judge that ruled against Apple.…Read More »
Apple has seemingly mirrored Samsung’s recent actions of dropping patent claims in the EU by withdrawing a patent claim against them in the US — the device in question, the Samsung Galaxy S III mini.
Have Apple and Samsung suddenly started exchanging pleasantries in the form of dropping patent claims?…Read More »
A U.S. International Trade Commission judge Thomas Pender is recommending sanctions against Samsung in light of his preliminary finding that the company infringed four of Apple’s patents.
The recommended sanctions include an import and sales ban on products found to infringe Apple patents and the posting of a bond for 88 percent of the value of some of the devices involved.…Read More »
In today’s world, which company is infamous for its aggressive patent claims and legal action again alleged intellectual property infringement? Apple, of course. What most people don’t know, however, is Microsoft has always been as aggressive (if not more) than Apple when it comes to intellectual property.…Read More »
This one was just waiting to happen. Why? When Apple first introduced its “Notification Center” along with iOS 5, many longtime Android users noted that Apple outright copied Google’s implementation. Now that one of Google’s notification patents has been granted, it looks like Samsung is taking advantage of that opportunity.…Read More »
Samsung had injunction requests against Apple for patent infringement in the UK, France, Germany Italy and the Netherlands. The keyword here is ‘had’, as Samsung has announced that it is dropping some lawsuits against Apple in Europe. The key thing to note is ‘some’ because Samsung has not thrown in the towel but rather has decided to no longer use fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) patents against Apple in Europe.…Read More »
Even after winning a historic $1.05 billion patent and trademark verdict, Apple sought a court-ordered injunction against Samsung. If granted, we would have seen the infringing Samsung phones banned from the US market. Unfortunately for Apple, that won’t be happening anytime soon, if at all.…Read More »
In an interesting turn of events, it seems that it is Apple now that finds themselves infringing on patents. A federal jury that deliberated on the issue for four hours has found Apple guilty of infringing three patents held by MobileMedia Ideas, a patent-licensing firm owned by MPEG-LA.…Read More »
Although Apple has some legitimate patent related claims, the absurdity of some of its other claims are a foregone conclusion. Aside from the most diehard Apple fanboys, most people will agree Apple asserting intellectual property claims over things like rounded corners is just plain stupid.…Read More »
Rumor has it United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has preliminarily ruled Apple’s ‘Steve Jobs’ patent as invalid upon reexamination. You might be wondering, what in the world is a Steve Jobs patent?
Its actual name is US Patent #7,479,949 which lays claim over technology related to “[t]ouch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics.” In layman terms, this is one of the critical multitouch patents that cover actions like zoom, swipe, and moving around on documents or page.…Read More »
Back in July we reported Apple and Microsoft were teaming up against Google, Samsung, and other Android manufacturers to buy Kodak patents. Turns out that no longer holds true.
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple and Google are joining forces to put forth a bid to purchase Kodak’s imaging patent portfolio.…Read More »
Although Apple won a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung earlier this year, the battle between the two is only just beginning. As the legal battle heats up between Samsung and Apple, so has the war of words outside the court room.…Read More »
The AFP is reporting that top Samsung executive J.K. Shin has made comments indicating that they have no plans to reach a settlement with Apple on their ongoing patent lawsuit battles around the world. This is in contrast to the …Read More »
Samsung forces Apple to pay 20% extra for mobile processors, while Apple makes HTC pay $8 per device royalties
If you are Samsung, what do you do when one of your largest customers (Apple — they purchase billions of dollars worth of components from Samsung each year) is attacking you through litigation? You make them pay more for the parts they buy from you!…Read More »
My, what do we have here. Apple and HTC have finally settled their legal differences and have agreed to a 10 year cross-licensing patent arrangement that ends all current legal disputes and allows HTC and Apple to have access to each others patents (present and future) for the next ten years.…Read More »
Google is already in hot waters with the European Union and is being looked at by the United States Federal Trade Commission for allegations of anti-competitive behavior in regards to Google Search. Now reports are emerging that staff at the United States Federal Trade Commission, aka FTC, have formally recommended to FTC commissioners to start a probe into Google for abuse of FRAND patents.…Read More »
Apple public apology to Samsung is “inaccurate and misleading”, UK court orders Apple to reissue a better apology
Despite what may be happening in the United States, back in July Samsung won a court battle against Apple in the United Kingdom that said Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs did not — does not — copy Apple’s iPad. As part of the victory, UK Judge Colin Birss ordered Apple to issue public apologies to Samsung, to clear up any confusion consumers may have that Samsung copied Apple.…Read More »
Last year Amazon revealed their Amazon Appstore for Android. Apple, who introduced the now-extremely-popular Apple App Store in 2008, didn’t (doesn’t) like Amazon using “Appstore” in the name of their… app store… so Apple did what it does second-best: sue.
Last year Apple brought two separate lawsuits against Amazon.…Read More »
Apple’s “rubber band” (“bounce-back”) patent is invalidated by US Patent Office — justice one step at a time?
Some may call it justice; others, karma. Me? I prefer “music to my ears”. How ever you describe it, it doesn’t make it any less real. What am I talking about? The following: the US Patent and Trademark Office has tentatively invalidated Apple’s ’381 patent, popularly known as the “rubber band” or “bounce-back” patent due to how it is the patent that covers the showing of a bounce-back animation whenever someone on a touchscreen device scrolls beyond the end of a page or screen.…Read More »
After being slapped with a $1.05 billion fine and the potential ban on more than 20 of its devices, Samsung has been handed another set back. This time it is not by a jury but rather by a judge at the United States International Trade Commission.…Read More »
Now that the Apple v Samsung lawsuit has concluded (the one where Samsung lost and was ordered to pay $1.05 billion), minus appeals, the judge has ordered various documents to be unredacted and publicly available to the public. Groklaw, a legal blog, took a look at many of these newly available documents and alleges Apple mislead the judge and jury when trying to convince them that Samsung copied the iPhone.…Read More »
The lawsuit that started the war: Apple had to pay Creative Technology $100 million in 2006 for patent violations
For the past few years, Apple has been in the spotlight for patenting anything and everything, and then using those patents to legally go after the competition. Ever wonder what pushed Apple towards this behavior? Is it because that is just how Apple is or was there a specific turning point that changed Apple?…Read More »
Google didn’t invest more in patents because they “didn’t really believe rounded corners were patentable”
Ready for a shot across the aisle by Mountain View? In an interview with Bloomberg, Google vice president of corporate development David Lawee explains how the recent patent war has been a “wake up call” for Google. Lawee talks about Google, and people in general, not knowing the value of patents and Google not properly “investing in the patent ecosystem”.…Read More »
Apple asks for ban on Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Note 10.1 in the United States [Apple vs Samsung]
Apple has been attacking Samsung on multiple fronts in the United States. The most publicized of these battles is the Apple v Samsung case that concluded last week, ended with Samsung having to pay Apple $1.05 billion, and served as an impetus for Apple to seek bans on eight Samsung devices.…Read More »
Amid all commotion of patent wars, it looks like two giants are secretly negotiating on the sidelines. Whom might these two giants be? None other than Google and Apple themselves.
Quoting “people familiar with the matter”, Reuters is reporting Larry Page (CEO of Google) and Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) conducted a phone conversation last week.…Read More »
Appeal aside, Apple has effectively defeated the largest Android manufacturer — and coincidentally Apple’s biggest competitor — in the United States. There are the obvious upfront consequences of this loss, such as Samsung paying Apple a handsome sum of a little more than $1 billion and potential injunctions against guilty Samsung devices in the United States.…Read More »
Samsung must pay Apple more than $1 billion, is found guilty of infringing on Apple patents in USA [Apple vs Samsung]
Apple sued Samsung in the United States for violating a variety of utility patents, design patents, and trade dress(es). The court room battle, which was presided over by Judge Lucy Haeran Koh in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, saw many allegations flung back and forth between Apple and Samsung: Samsung accused Apple of copying Sony; Apple claimed Samsung was warned by others to not copy iDevices; Samsung claimed to be working on iPhone-like devices before the iPhone; Apple claimed customers were mistakenly buying Galaxy Tabs instead of the iPad; etc.…Read More »
Google attempts to get iPhone, iPad, and Mac banned from the USA by filing a patent claim against Apple with the ITC
Do No Evil. Tell that to the little boys and girls and grandmas who might miss out on their shiny new iDevice thanks to the latest happenings in patent wars. Google, through its newly acquired subsidiary Motorola Mobility, has filed a patent claim against Apple in the International Trade Commission alleging Apple’s products infringe on seven of Motorola’s patents.…Read More »
While Microsoft goes after competitors to get patent licensing agreements, Apple is notorious for not licensing its technology to anyone but instead looking to shut them out the market. As it turns out, Samsung was an exception.
You see Apple and Samsung have a multi-billion dollar buyer-supplier relationship.…Read More »
Apple and Microsoft are both going after Android for violating patents. However, their end goals are completely different. While Apple looks to ban the competition from competing, Microsoft looks to create a revenue stream by forcing licensing deals. Microsoft’s strategy is, literally, paying off.…Read More »
It looks like the education sector wants to get in on the patent war fun. A Taiwanese university, National Cheng Kung University, has filed a lawsuit claiming Apple is fringing on its patents with Siri. Specifically, the university asserts Apple’s Siri infringes on two voice recognition voice-to-text patents held by the university; the two patents in question are US patents that were granted to the university in 2007 and 2010.…Read More »
Apple vs Samsung is raging, as is Microsoft vs Motorola. Time to open a new front in the war of smartphones: Android vs Micro-ple.
Eastman Kodak Co., once a booming photography company, is filing for bankruptcy. As part of the bankruptcy proceedings, Kodak is sell 1,100 patents it owns.…Read More »
Gearing up for battle, Samsung is prepared to use Apple against itself. In contrast, Apple is prepared to use Google, Samsung, and external designers against Samsung. Apple is alleging Samsung was warned by multiple parties that Samsung products related too closely to Apple’s iPhone and iPad.…Read More »