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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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit: Car Cup Holders

Samsung: Apple’s patented software features are as trivial as cup holders in a car

By on April 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM.

Samsung: Apple’s patented software features are as trivial as cup holders in a car

An expert witness called by Samsung on Friday to testify on its behalf in the second U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial challenged an Apple witness who testified earlier, refuting some of his findings and trivializing a study on Apple’s mobile software features performed, CNET reports. Specifically, University of Pennsylvania professor of marketing David Reibstein said that Apple’s survey to determine whether people would buy certain features is like asking them whether they’d choose a car based on its cup holders. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit: iPhone 5

Internal Samsung document: We need to beat Apple to survive

By on April 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM.

Internal Samsung document: We need to beat Apple to survive

The second U.S. Apple vs Samsung patent trial marches on, with the South Korean giant now making its case in the San Jose, California, court. Samsung’s counsel has already called up several witnesses who testified that the company has not been influenced in any way by Apple or the iPhone. However, internal Samsung documents that have been called into evidence by Apple’s attorneys tell a different story. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit: Steve Jobs Death

Steve Jobs’ death ignited Samsung’s anti-iPhone marketing fire

By on April 16, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Steve Jobs’ death ignited Samsung’s anti-iPhone marketing fire

New evidence from the second U.S. Apple vs Samsung patent lawsuit has revealed that Samsung was somewhat afraid of starting a clear, full-fledged anti-iPhone marketing campaign in 2011 – a move which actually proved to be detrimental to Samsung’s success in the mobile business. However, the death of Steve Jobs provided Samsung the “best opportunity to attack iPhone,” according to a highly confidential email exchange between Samsung execs presented as evidence in the trial and obtained by AppleInsider. More →

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