Rumors that Samsung (005930) had plans to file a fresh patent complaint against Apple (AAPL) following the launch of the new iPhone 5 have panned out. A new filing with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California confirms that Samsung is indeed preparing to file a complaint against Apple pertaining to LTE patents, which it alleges are being infringed by the iPhone 5. FOSSPatents reports that the Samsung filing is preliminary as the company has not yet had a chance to examine the new iPhone. Once the device becomes available, the South Korea-based company will file amendments along with an official complaint. Samsung expects its new lawsuit to cover eight patents, according to the report. More →
Apple (AAPL) on Friday scored yet another victory over rival Samsung (005930) in the ongoing patent war being fought by the two consumer electronics giants in numerous countries around the world. In this latest development, the International Trade Commission cleared Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices of infringing four Samsung-owned patents, as Samsung had charged last year. The full ITC commission will decide in January whether or not to uphold this preliminary judgement Reuters reports. More →
Voice control is the way of the future, or at least that’s what Apple (AAPL) wants people to believe. With the launch of Siri on last year’s iPhone 4S, Apple opened up a new world of using a natural language user interface to the masses. Today, Siri is on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad, and it will land on the new iPod touch, too. And with Apple’s rumored HDTV supposedly coming with a Siri-like interface, it seems fitting that the Cupertino-based company is also toying with the idea of a personal assistant on Mac computers. More →
Apple (AAPL) might be on the verge of announcing the biggest consumer electronics device of the year but according to one study, the buzz surrounding Samsung (005930) and its devices recently surpassed the Cupertino, California-based company. Polling firm YouGov recently released data from a study that compared public perception of Apple compared to that of chief rival Samsung. Samsung’s image took a hit following the crushing verdict issued in its patent case against Apple, but since then the company has rebounded and surpassed the iPhone maker in the eyes of both “early tech adopters” and the broader group of consumers aged 18 to 34. More →
One of the patents Apple (AAPL) successfully asserted in its case against Samsung (005930) caused some alarm in the tech media earlier this week when tech reporters mistakenly believed that it encompassed every single type of “pinch-to-zoom” touchscreen technology. But as The Verge explains, Apple’s ’915 patent — the so-called pinch-to-zoom patent — is actually fairly limited in scope and has reportedly already been worked around by Google (GOOG) with its latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software update. More →
Google (GOOG) CEO Larry Page and Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook have been conducting behind-the-scenes talks regarding the ongoing patent disputes between the two companies, unnamed sources have told Reuters. Page and Cook recently had a phone conversation to discuss various matters involving intellectual property, and according to Reuters‘ sources, they are expected to talk again soon. The two companies are “keeping the lines of communication open at a high level” after Apple’s recent victory over Samsung. Reuters speculates that the executives could be working on a truce involving disputes over the Android operating system, although it is unclear whether their chats might result in a broad settlement or a more limited one. Discussions involving lower-level officials have also been ongoing, the report claims.
Sony (SNE) has a lot on its plate right now. The Japanese consumer electronics giant’s profit plummeted last quarter despite revenue growth, and its Xperia smartphones have yet to gain traction in many key markets including the United States. It does have one thing going for it, though. As Apple (AAPL) batters Samsung (005930) and continues to chase other Android smartphone vendors such as HTC (2498) and Motorola, Sony says it’s doing fine. ”We don’t see much impact to our business as yet of today,” Sony Mobile boss Kunimasa Suzuki told Reuters on Thursday. The company doesn’t appear worried at all that it might step into Apple’s line of fire, and perhaps it’s right to feel safe — Apple recently singled out Sony’s Xperia arc during the San Jose Samsung trial as a smartphone that doesn’t copy the iPhone’s protected designs. More →
Did Apple’s (AAPL) huge win over Samsung (005930) in court last week send Galaxy device owners heading for the hills? According to new data from cell phone resale company Gazelle.com, Samsung smartphones are being dumped by users following a California jury’s declaration that 21 of Samsung’s Android devices infringe on Apple patents — the company reports a 50% increase in the number of Samsung smartphones sold over the past few days. “Consumers seem to be jumping ship,” Gazelle.com’s chief gadget officer Anthony Scarsella told MarketWatch. “We expect this trend to continue, especially with this latest verdict.” Scarsella also noted that the increase in sales has prompted a 10% average price drop on used Samsung devices, and MarketWatch adds that several experts believe prices will continue to fall. More →
OK, so maybe the Apple (AAPL) v. Samsung (005930) patent trial verdict is going to lead to progress in patent negotiations after all. FOSS Patents reports that Google (GOOG)-owned Motorola Mobility has agreed to license some of its standards-essential patents to Apple, although there’s no indication just yet of when this deal will take effect since the royalty rate Motorola will received from Apple has yet to be set by German courts. While there is no conclusion to the ongoing tech patent war in sight, moves such as this could certainly be an olive branch that marks the beginning of the end. More →
Samsung (005930) on Tuesday confirmed that it is willing to modify its smartphones if it cannot successfully fight Apple’s (AAPL) request to have them banned in the United States. After managing a big win in its trial against Samsung, Apple made an initial request with the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California to ban eight smartphones including the Galaxy S II. Samsung plans to fight the request but if the company is unsuccessful, it confirmed that it is willing to modify the devices in order to avoid sales bans. More →
Samsung (005930) was hit extremely hard last week when a jury determined that 21 of the company’s various Android devices infringed on various combinations of six Apple (AAPL) patents. Some industry watchers suggested justice had been served, but Samsung obviously disagrees and plans to appeal the ruling. While Apple clearly isn’t on the South Korean electronics giant’s list for holiday gift baskets this year, Reuters reports that the verdict will likely not have any impact on business pertaining to components that Apple purchases from Samsung for its various devices. Apple is currently Samsung’s biggest customer in terms of its parts business, which is estimated to pull in $13 billion in revenue next year. “The clear message from Samsung is that a strict internal firewall between its handset business and its components operations remains intact,” Reuters reporter Miyoung Kim wrote following word from an emergency meeting Samsung executives called on Sunday. According to the report, Samsung’s chips and other parts account for 26% of the component cost of Apple’s iPhone.
In a recent BGR poll, tens of thousands of readers made their voices heard when we asked if you thought Samsung (005930) ripped off Apple’s (AAPL) designs. The majority, 49%, thought that Samsung’s devices didn’t make use of Apple’s protected IP. About 9% were unsure if Samsung was guilty but the remaining 42% thought Apple’s patented designs had been stolen — and unfortunately for Samsung, the jury agreed. Samsung was slapped with $1.05 billion in damages on Friday when the jury found that 21 of Samsung’s smartphones and tablets infringed on various Apple patents. As Samsung gets set to appeal the ruling, we want to hear from you. Was justice served last week or did the jury miss big when it decided that Samsung stole Apple’s protected IP? Cast your vote in the poll above.
There’s no two ways about it: Samsung’s (005930) loss in the Apple (AAPL) patent trial that drew to a close on Friday was absolutely brutal. The company was slapped with a $1.05 billion fine and numerous Samsung devices were found to infringe on six different Apple patents. Apple will seek to ban many of those devices in the United States and while Samsung calls the ruling a “loss for the American consumer,” one industry watcher believes justice has been served. More →