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Apple, HTC Swap Licenses to Settle Patent Case
November 13, 2012
Apple and HTC agreed to a settlement this week, shelving their years-long patent battle and agreeing to a 10-year licensing agreement. The mobile device makers have been engaged in courtroom battles over patents since 2010, when Apple accused HTC of copying certain features of the iPhone. HTC fought back, claiming Apple had infringed on several of its own wireless patents.
China's Piracy Hotbed Image Is Western Illusion, Says Official
November 12, 2012
Western media's reporting distorts China's image, making it appear less willing to fight copyright piracy than it actually is, China's top intellectual property official said Sunday during the country's Communist Party Congress. China has for years been regarded as a hotbed for intellectual property theft. In April, for instance, the U.S. put China atop its annual list of piracy offenders.
Apple Loses FaceTime Patent Quibble
November 7, 2012
Apple infringed four VirnetX patents, found a federal jury in the Eastern District of Texas. The technologies in question are used in Apple's FaceTime software, which is available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, as well as Mac computers. VirnetX was awarded $368.2 million as part of the verdict.
Apple, EU Settle on E-Books, Amazon Picks Up Marbles
November 7, 2012
The European Commission reportedly has decided to accept an e-book pricing settlement that includes Apple and four publishers -- Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette and Macmillan's parent company, Holtzbrinck. The ruling, which has not yet been confirmed by the EC, is a win for Amazon and its quest to sell e-books more cheaply than its competitors.
Court Orders Apple to Revise Cheeky Apology
November 2, 2012
The British court that ordered Apple to post a statement declaring that Samsung didn't infringe on its designs isn't happy with the way the order was carried out. Apple posted a statement to its UK website, but it was apparently not what the three-judge appeals panel had in mind.
Apple Rubber Band Patent Bounced by USPTO
October 24, 2012
Apple's patent on rubber banding -- the bounce-back scrolling behavior that played a role in its victory over Samsung in a lawsuit earlier this year -- has been rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rubber banding, also known as "scroll bounce," causes the image on a screen to bounce when it reaches its top or side limits.
UK Judges Order Apple to Set the Record Straight
October 19, 2012
A three-judge panel has rebuffed an attempt by Apple to overturn a UK court's decision favoring Samsung. Britain's Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that found Samsung's Galaxy tablet did not copy tablet designs registered by Apple in the UK. The court also sustained the lower court's mandate that Apple inform the public that Samsung's tablet does not infringe Apple's registered designs.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 Pulled Out of the Fry Pan, iPhone 5 Tossed Into the Fire
October 2, 2012
The California federal judge who issued a preliminary injunction in June against U.S. sales of a Samsung tablet has lifted the ban. Judge Lucy Koh had originally found the Galaxy Tab 10.1 likely violated a design patent held by Apple, but a jury found in August that it did not.
ITC Unmoved by Samsung's Beefs Over Apple
September 17, 2012
Samsung's legal battle against Apple took another hit Friday after a preliminary decision from the International Trade Commission preliminary ruled Apple did not infringe on four of Samsung's patents. Samsung filed its original complaint regarding five mobile device patents about a year ago, asking that Apple products violating five of Samsung's patents be removed from shelves in the US.
German Court Ruling Sheds Doubt on Motorola Patents' Worth
September 14, 2012
A regional court in Munich has ruled that Google-owned Motorola Mobility infringed an Apple patent related to touchscreen technology. The court placed a preliminary injunction on devices that use the patent-infringing tech, including the Motorola Milestone XT720, the Motorola Defy, the Motorola Atrix and the Motorola Xoom.
Law and Disorder: Where Are the Tech Peers?
September 13, 2012
Well it's been a stressful few days here in the Linux blogosphere, what with the ruckus going on over in the bordering Apple territories. For such a small strip of land, you'd never think such a din could emanate from there, and all over a rectangle with rounded corners -- however "creative" and "innovative" it might be.
When iPhone 5 Lands, Samsung's Ready to Pounce
September 12, 2012
The long-awaited unveiling of the iPhone 5 may not be the only Apple news in circulation. Also expected to make headlines Wednesday will be the news that Samsung is filing suit against Apple in Europe and the United States for infringing on several patents it holds relating to LTE. Samsung reportedly has decided to take immediate legal action.
Email Trashing May Cost Samsung More Than $1B
September 12, 2012
If Apple gets its way, Samsung will no longer be able to sell any cell devices that it claims infringe on Apple's patents. This could be devastating, since as of July 2012, Samsung owned 25.6 percent and Apple just 6.3 percent of the mobile market, according to a comScore report. However, the Apple v. Samsung battles will continue for quite some time.
Samsung Finds Better Luck Fighting Apple in Japan
August 31, 2012
In a development that may alleviate some of the pain Samsung's feeling after a U.S. court ruled that it had infringed several Apple patents, a court in Japan has ruled against Apple in a similar case there. Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji decided that various Samsung mobile devices did not infringe Apple's patent for syncing music and video data with PCs.
An Apple Judgment Today Keeps Infringement at Bay
August 28, 2012
In a heavily anticipated verdict, a jury last week found Samsung guilty of patent infringement and ordered it to pay over $1 billion to Apple. This victory for Apple in the smartphone wars is a warning to others who may desire to copy the look and feel of the Apple designs. Samsung's countersuit against Apple for infringement of wireless technologies patents was dismissed.
Apple's Courtroom Win Powers Up Patents
August 28, 2012
Apple's stock hit record highs Monday, the first day of trading after a jury in California awarded the company more than $1 billion for damages inflicted by Samsung. But Apple isn't the only company having a good day on the market following the verdict.
Apple/Samsung Feud Will Stay Burning Long After Calif. Verdict
August 27, 2012
A federal jury found Samsung guilty of infringing on several Apple patents Friday in a high-profile patent case that could mean a $1 billion payout for Cupertino. Jurors in the San Jose, Calif., court decided that Samsung copied certain design and utility patents, siding with Apple in the majority of the iPhone maker's complaints.
Decision in SK Apple-Samsung Case Could Mold the Shape of Verdicts to Come
August 24, 2012
While a verdict has yet to be reached in the Apple vs. Samsung court case going on in California, across the world a similar trial resulted in a split decision. A court in South Korea on Friday ruled that Apple and Samsung both infringed on each others' patents.
Competition Takes Bite Out of Apple in China
August 24, 2012
Today in international tech news: Apple's slice of China's smartphone market drops. Also: Apple and Samsung are both losers in a South Korean court ruling; South Korea nixes a regulation requiring Internet users to use their names; the world's largest oil company is hacked, with more to come; a German law firm says it will publish the names of people downloading pirated porn.
Apple-Samsung Verdict Carries Implications Large and Small
August 24, 2012
The outcome of the patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung is now in the hands of the jury, and while the verdict will have a significant impact on both companies, it will also send ripples through the patent world and smartphone industry. If Samsung is found not to have violated Apple's patents, it could put the brakes on the current arms race in intellectual property.
How Big a Wallop Could Moto Give Apple With ITC Patent Complaint?
August 21, 2012
Google's Motorola Mobility has complained to the United States International Trade Commission that Apple has infringed upon seven of its patents. The Droid maker is seeking an ITC ban on the importation of all affected Apple products. That would include the iPod touch; the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S; the iPad 2; the Mac Pro; the iMac; the Mac mini; the Macbook Pro; the MacBook Air; and more.
Trial Reveals Apple, Microsoft Played Nice on Patent Deals
August 14, 2012
Apple licensed some of its design and feature patents to Microsoft, according to reports from the iPhone maker's ongoing patent trial against Samsung. Apple patent licensing director Boris Teksler loosely discussed the deal in his courtroom testimony. The patents involved in the Microsoft deal weren't the same ones under debate currently in the California court, he said.
Google Nicked in Safari Privacy Kerfuffle
August 10, 2012
Google has agreed to pay the U.S. Federal Trade Commission a $22.5 million fine to settle allegations that the search engine giant violated the privacy of Safari browser users. The fine, which is the largest the FTC has ever imposed, is part of its ongoing effort to enforce consumers' online privacy rights.
Secrets Spill as Apple and Samsung Dogfight Rages On
August 7, 2012
The patent trial pitting Apple against Samsung is into its second week, and the accusations of patent infringement, design prototype leaks and heated examinations don't show signs of stopping. The fight's U.S. front is being played out in a San Jose, Calif., courtroom this month.
Apple Wants to See Samsung Skewered for Evidence Leak
August 3, 2012
Apple has insisted that the judge presiding over its patent trial against Samsung should punish the Galaxy phone maker for its decision to leak to the public evidence excluded from the proceedings. Samsung tried to enter evidence in its trial with Apple that Samsung claims shows it was working on iPhone-like prototypes before Apple introduced its smartphone.
Apple Lands Solid Blows Against Samsung in Opening Arguments
August 1, 2012
Apple and Samsung traded jabs Tuesday as each company presented its opening arguments to a jury in what's being called the tech trial of the century. In his remarks to the nine-person jury, Apple's attorney Harold McElhinny, of Morrison & Foerster, painted a picture of his client as a bleeding-edge innovator that had been harmed by a company that deliberately cribbed Apple's hardware designs.
Titanic Apple v. Samsung Patent Clash Begins in Earnest
July 30, 2012
In what promises to be a closely watched trial, Apple and Samsung headed to federal court on Monday. Apple has alleged that Samsung Electronics essentially produced illegal knockoffs of its popular iPhone and iPad products, and it is demanding $2.5 billion damages. Samsung has countered that Apple's designs of its smartphones and tablets have been industry standards for years.
Did Samsung Bilk Apple Out of $2.5 Billion?
July 24, 2012
How much is a "bounce" worth on a tablet PC? It could be worth enough -- along with other patent disputes -- to add up to $2.5 billion. At least, that's the figure Apple came up with in its patent infringement suit against Samsung, and it all comes down to the bounce, the scrolling API, and Samsung's use of Apple's "design patents or trade dress rights," according to Foss Patents.
DoJ Undeterred by Furor Over Apple Antitrust Charges
July 24, 2012
The Department of Justice is not flinching in the face of criticism over its antitrust case against Apple and other e-book publishers. The agency filed suit this spring alleging that Apple and five of the six largest publishers in the U.S. violated section 1 of the Sherman Act.
Sen. to DoJ: Get Off Apple's Case or Risk Creating a Monopoly
July 20, 2012
A lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice against Apple and two publishers over the alleged price fixing of electronic books will create what the litigation is intended to stop: a monopoly. That's what Sen. Charles E. Schumer argued in an op-ed piece that appeared in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
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