Samsung Patent Lawsuit History

New report details Samsung’s long history of alleged price-fixing, copycatting and bribery

By on May 6, 2014 at 11:46 AM.

New report details Samsung’s long history of alleged price-fixing, copycatting and bribery

Samsung really hates being accused of copycatting, and it’s not just because of its long-running patent dispute with Apple. Vanity Fair has written a lengthy feature that details Samsung’s long history of getting sued for alleged patent infringement in several different industries, from LCD flat-panel technology to mobile phone camera technology.  More →

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Google Search and Apps on Android

This is how Google forces its core product on Android device makers

By on May 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM.

This is how Google forces its core product on Android device makers

Google was recently hit with an antitrust lawsuit (seeking class action status), which alleges that the company’s mostly secret agreements with Android smartphone and tablet makers – which include provisions that prevent the OEMs from including competing apps on their devices other than Google’s set of apps, with special emphasis on search – allow Google to monopolize the mobile search business, driving up the cost of devices in the process. More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Plan Mozilla

Mozilla tells the FCC to grow a spine, reclassify ISPs as common carriers

By on May 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

Mozilla tells the FCC to grow a spine, reclassify ISPs as common carriers

Mozilla might not be as big as Google or Netflix in most consumers’ minds but as the maker of the popular Firefox browser, it does have some clout. That’s why it’s noteworthy that Mozilla on Monday recommended that the Federal Communications Commission use the “nuclear option” against Internet service providers by reclassifying them as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. More →

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Apple Samsung Patent Trial

Jury finds Samsung guilty of infringing some patents in Apple trial – awards paltry $120M

By on May 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM.

Jury finds Samsung guilty of infringing some patents in Apple trial – awards paltry $120M

The implications in the weeks-long patent trial between Apple and Samsung couldn’t have been bigger — or more difficult for most consumers to care about. If you’ve been following the case, however, the verdict is in: guilty… and not guilty. The California jury on Friday evening determined that some Samsung devices did in fact infringe two Apple patents — patents 5,946,647 and 8,046,721 — and it cleared all Samsung devices of infringing the other patents Apple had asserted. Apple’s award for damages? $119.6 million, or just over 1% of Apple’s net profit in the March quarter. More →

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Google Android Search Antitrust Lawsuit

Google’s secret Android agreements drive up phone prices, new antitrust lawsuit alleges

By on May 2, 2014 at 7:40 AM.

Google’s secret Android agreements drive up phone prices, new antitrust lawsuit alleges

A new antitrust lawsuit filed in California on Thursday against Google alleges that the company is taking advantage of the mostly secret Mobile Application Distribution Agreements (MADA) Android device makers have to sign in order to establish a monopoly on the mobile search business, CNET reports, thus stifling competition and driving up prices for phones and tablets in the process. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit: Jury Questions

Here’s what the Apple-Samsung jury really wants to know after its first day of deliberations

By on May 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM.

Here’s what the Apple-Samsung jury really wants to know after its first day of deliberations

The eight-person jury in the second Apple vs. Samsung patent case in the U.S. is already working on deciding who copied whom now that lawyers delivered their closing arguments. But the case is far from clear to them, The Verge reports, as the jury has sent several questions to Judge Lucy Koh asking for more details. Questions given to the judge covered Steve Jobs’s influence on the lawsuits that lead to this patent battle in the first place, as well as more information on how the specific patents in question were developed and/or acquired. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit Closing Arguments

Here are all the crazy things Apple and Samsung’s lawyers said during closing arguments

By on April 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Here are all the crazy things Apple and Samsung’s lawyers said during closing arguments

The second major patent-based spat between Apple and Samsung is coming to a close in California. The jury now has to decide who copied whom as both legal team concluded their cases on Tuesday, each reminding the jury why their fight is right. Both sides had clever arguments too, Re/code and The Wall Street Journal report, in their attempts to sway each of the eight jurors in the case. More →

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Google Samsung Patent Abuse

European Commission warns Google and Samsung on ‘patent abuse’

By on April 29, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

European Commission warns Google and Samsung on ‘patent abuse’

The European Commission is once again cracking down on two of the biggest technology firms on the planet for patent abuse. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Google’s Motorola Mobility received a warning from the Commission after it refused to grant technology licenses to Apple, and then proceeded to sue Apple for patent infringement when the company used the licenses anyway. Samsung also settled a separate case in which it attempted to use patents to block an Apple phone from entering the market. More →

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FireTV vs FyreTV: Amazon's Porn Problem

Amazon has a serious porn problem

By on April 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Amazon has a serious porn problem

Ever since it launched its Fire TV set-top box, it was clear to some potential buyers – those who went to FireTV.com when looking for more information online about the product – that Amazon may have a porn problem. And it looks like the issue is more serious than expected for the retail giant. More →

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Apple Google No-Poaching Settlement

Apple and Google will settle no-poaching conspiracy lawsuit

By on April 24, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

Apple and Google will settle no-poaching conspiracy lawsuit

It’s been years since Apple, Google and a host of other technology firms were accused of colluding in order to avoid competition while keeping salaries down by not poaching each other’s employees. The case has gone dark on more than one occasion, but Reuters reports that four of the companies involved in the scandal have finally agreed to settle the lawsuit. A trial concerning the case was scheduled to begin in a few short weeks. More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC will try to bring net neutrality back from the dead in May

By on April 23, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

The FCC will try to bring net neutrality back from the dead in May

As it promised to do earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to introduce new net neutrality rules that it will unveil next month. Re/code reports that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said on Wednesday that the commission would have new draft rules ready for its May 15th meeting, which means that we’ll get our first look at them in around three weeks.  More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit Google

Google joins Samsung in the fight against Apple

By on April 23, 2014 at 7:40 AM.

Google joins Samsung in the fight against Apple

Google isn’t just helping Samsung by providing witnesses to help the South Korean corporation defend against Apple’s patent claims in their second U.S. trial; the company will also pay a share of Samsung’s legal costs and will share damages in case Apple wins, Re/code reports. More →

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