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Apple Loses Bid to Corral Galaxy S4 Into Patent Suit
June 28, 2013
Apple's attempt to include Samsung's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, in a patent lawsuit filed in California was rebuffed Wednesday by a federal court judge. Despite admonitions by Apple's attorneys that failure to include the S4 in a patent lawsuit scheduled to reach trial next year would result in more litigation, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal rejected the proposal to rope it in.
Apple's E-Book Trial Shrouded in Fog, Not Smoke
June 19, 2013
The e-book price-fixing trial took another turn this week, with Apple claiming that what the Department of Justice called a "smoking gun" was simply a misunderstood email draft. Apple veteran Eddy Cue worked with the late Steve Jobs to engineer a price-fixing plan that would undermine Amazon's dominant position in the e-book market, the DoJ has alleged.
Apple Exec Points Finger at Publishers in E-Book Trial
June 15, 2013
Apple SVP Eddy Cue gave testimony Thursday in the e-book price-fixing trial under way in the New York U.S. District Court. Cue, who was Apple's primary negotiator with most of the publishers during the run-up to the launch of iBookstore in 2010, told the court that it was not surprising that publishers began increasing pricing for e-books after Apple entered the market.
Amazon Polishes Apple's case at E-Book Trial
June 07, 2013
The antitrust trial pitting the DoJ against Apple over fixing e-book prices began this week, and it didn't take long for the company's lawyers to poke a hole in the government's case. On Wednesday, they showed through questioning that a key element of the DoJ's case had less to do with Apple colluding with publishers to hike e-book prices than with standard business practices.
ITC Slaps Apple in Samsung Infringement Case
June 06, 2013
The U.S. International Trade Commission has partially reversed an earlier ruling and found that Apple infringed one of Samsung's patents after all, leading it to ban the import of certain older iPhones and iPads. The ban includes such products as the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, original iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G. The iPhone 5 and the fourth-generation iPad remain unaffected.
Apple Battles E-Book Charges
June 05, 2013
Apple's trial for alleged e-book price-fixing is under way, and the tech giant has said it is not going down without a fight. The suit, brought by the U.S. Department of Justice about a year ago, claims that Apple and five other major publishers engaged in a conspiracy to fix e-book pricing. The alleged conspiracy began in 2009, when Amazon released its Kindle.
Apple Stews in EU Pressure Cooker
May 29, 2013
The European Union reportedly is launching an antitrust investigation into Apple's iPhone sales tactics. Company CEO Tim Cook may have made it through last week's congressional hearings on the company's corporate tax policies relatively unscathed, but that doesn't mean the regulatory pressure is off for the tech giant. The EC last week sent several telecom operators a nine-page questionnaire.
European Commission Probes Apple's Tactics
May 28, 2013
The European Commission is taking a closer look at whether Apple is engaging in unfair sales practices. The EC, which is the executive branch of the European Union, sent a questionnaire last week to several European mobile network operators probing Apple's distribution terms -- specifically, whether those terms preclude rivals from offering a better sales deal.
The Hot Mess That Is Apple's E-Book Legal Fight
May 16, 2013
The U.S. Justice Department is painting Apple as the "ringmaster" of an e-book price-fixing conspiracy. The news came out in court filings made public earlier this week as the DoJ prepares to do battle with the only member of the so-called conspiracy unwilling to admit wrongdoing and take a public spanking.
Apple Tries Patent Fight to Cool Off Samsung's Hot New Phone
May 15, 2013
Apple is attempting to add Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone to its list of infringing products in its ongoing California patent lawsuit. The hope is to strike down its rival's latest smartphone before it can penetrate the market. Apple's claims against Samsung are nothing new. However, the patent process can be slow compared to an industry that's moving fast.
Taiwanese University Sues Apple... Again
May 07, 2013
National Cheng Kung University may not have a fight song -- but it is definitely willing to fight. For the second time in a year, the Taiwanese university has sued Apple. The most recent suit is for alleged infringement of the university's patents relating to video compression technology in Apple software such as FaceTime and QuickTime.
EC Objects to Motorola Following Letter of German Law
May 07, 2013
The European Commission has lodged a statement of objections against Motorola Mobility, the first formal step in an antitrust action. The EC is objecting to Motorola's attempt to enforce an injunction it won against Apple in Germany over use of its standard-essential patents. The EC contends that Motorola Mobility is harming consumers with its injunction.
Rubber Band Patent Rejection Could Bounce Apple Back to Court
April 03, 2013
Apple apparently is not accepting the recent ruling by a U.S. patent examiner invalidating a patent it successfully used in a suit against Samsung. The "final" action does not signal the end of reexamination at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the company argues in a filing submitted Tuesday. Nor does it mean there will be no further consideration or reexamination of the patentability of the claims.
Street View Creeps Through Post-Tsunami Japanese Ghost Town
March 28, 2013
Google Street View has had its share of intrepid adventures -- Antarctica, say, or Everest Base Camp. However, the Google Maps service has a sober side, too. Street View just unveiled startling images of Namie, a Japanese town firmly planted inside the evacuation zone described in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.
Beyond the Grave, Onto the Smartphone
March 25, 2013
A cemetery in Shenyang, the capital of China's Liaoning Province, will become, for lack of a better term, interactive. With mobile devices, people will be able to scan a quick response code on graves of people whose relatives have requested the feature. Scanning this code will allow visitors to learn about the person's life; they can also access a Web page where relatives and friends can upload photos or video.
THX Blasts Apple With Lawsuit
March 20, 2013
THX filed a lawsuit against Apple last week, claiming that the company's consumer electronics are infringing on one of its sound patents. The sound technology company, founded by George Lucas, alleges that some models of the iPhone, iPad and iMac devices violate a THX patent regarding a "narrow profile speaker."
Caveat Inventor: The New Patent Paradigm
March 15, 2013
The most significant change to U.S. patent law since 1836 -- or perhaps 1790 -- is being implemented on March 16, 2013. Part of the America Invents Act of 2011, it concerns the doctrine of first-to-invent, laws concerning the protection of original inventors, regardless of whether they were the first to apply for a patent. The new law awards inventorship under a first-inventor-to-file standard.
iPad May Run Away From Home a Lot Longer
March 15, 2013
Wireless charging may be in the works for iPad owners if Apple follows through on a patent awarded to it by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Thursday. The tablet cover described in the patent would include "an inductive power transmitter arranged to wirelessly pass power to a corresponding inductive power receiver unit disposed within the tablet device by inductively coupling."
E-Book Trial Requires Tim Cook's Presence on the Stand
March 14, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been ordered to testify in the antitrust case that accuses his company of e-book price fixing. Apple has tried to keep Cook from having to appear, claiming it was unnecessary considering 11 other top company executives have given depositions in the case.
Judge Orders Apple to Quit Pussyfooting Around
March 11, 2013
A judge gave Apple until the end of last week to produce details about how it would provide documents and other evidence requested in a privacy lawsuit. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal issued the order in San Jose, Calif., on March 6, following claims from the plaintiffs' lawyers that Apple was withholding documents it had been ordered to produce.
Judge Vaporizes Big Chunk of Apple's Billion-Dollar Win in Samsung Case
March 04, 2013
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Friday struck more than $450 million from the damages a jury awarded to Apple in last summer's blockbuster verdict against Samsung. The jury found that Samsung had willfully copied a number of Apple's design and software patents for the iPhone and ruled that it should pay more than $1 billion in damages.
China Returns US Cyberattack Volley
March 01, 2013
What, China was just going to say nothing? On the heels of a report that China's military has for years been engaging in cyberespionage against the U.S., China's Ministry of Defense claimed that a pair of its military websites were attacked more than 100,000 times per month in 2012.
Judge Nixes Samsung's Request to Ban Apple Devices in Japan
March 01, 2013
Apple won a victory over Samsung in a Japanese district court Thursday that will allow it to continue to sell iPads and iPhones in that country. Samsung tried to block the sale of the Apple devices in Japan because it said they stepped on some data transfer patents that the company owned.
Cook Cheers Investors While Saying Very Little
February 28, 2013
CEO Tim Cook presided over Apple's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, where he fielded questions about a lawsuit filed by activist investor David Einhorn. In his complaint, Einhorn demanded that Apple unbundle scheduled votes that he claimed would require shareholders to consider separate matters in one ballot. Cook called the lawsuit "silly," but the judge ruled in favor of Einhorn.

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