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 →
Apple (AAPL) on Friday scored what could end up being a major victory over rival Samsung (005930) if the South Korean company isn’t able to reverse the ruling during its appeal. Following the jury’s decision, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email to Apple’s entire staff to congratulate them on the win and to tell them he is “very proud of the work that each of you do.” Here is Cook’s note in its entirety: More →
Analysts who predicted that Samsung (005930) would get slaughtered by Apple (AAPL) in the biggest patent trial of the century so far, pat yourselves on the back. The jury’s verdict against Samsung on Friday was absolutely devastating in all respects as the jury found that Samsung violated multiple Apple patents with many of its big-name products. Click below for the full details. More →
As the jury in Apple (AAPL) and Samsung’s (005930) high-profile patent battle in San Jose, California begins to deliberate, a verdict has been handed down in a similar trial taking place half way around the world. A South Korean court on Friday turned in a split decision in a trial between the two consumer electronics giants, finding that devices from each company infringed upon patents held by the other. Sales bans have been put in place on devices from each side, though no current-generation devices from either side are covered by the ruling — in fact, The Wall Street Journal reports that the majority of affected devices are no longer sold by either company. In addition to the sales bans, Apple was ordered to pay $35,300 in total damages for two patent violations, or 0.0004% of the $8.8 billion in net profit it took in last quarter. For the one patent Samsung was found guilty of infringing, the court ordered it to pay $22,000 in damages, or 0.00037% of its most recent quarterly profits. More →
Tech industry observers have long been waiting for Google (GOOG) to get off its behind and defend its battered Android OEMs from Apple (AAPL) and now it seems the company is finally starting to get aggressive. Bloomberg reports that Google’s Motorola unit has filed a complaint against Apple with the International Trade Commission over several alleged infringements of Motorola Mobility patents that include patents for “location reminders, e-mail notification and phone/video players.” Motorola is asking the ITC to implement an import ban in the United States against all of Apple’s major products, including the iPhone, iPad and various Mac computers. More →
EPL Holdings on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Apple (AAPL) claiming the consumer electronics giant stole its media playback technology in the iPhone and iPad. According to a document filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, EPL met with Apple on January 28, 2002 to discuss licensing its technology, which allows device owners to play back audio and video content at faster and slower speeds, TheNextWeb reported. Apple offered the company $50,000 to use its patent but Enounce, EPL Holdings’ predecessor, declined the company’s offer because it “fell woefully short of the value of their technology.” EPL claims that Apple then knowingly used its patents without the company’s consent and made billions of dollars off products that contain stolen technology. More →
Tech companies’ reaction to the Kodak patent auction so far can be summed up thusly: “C’mon, do we really have to pay good money for these things?” How little do tech companies covet these patents? So little that, according to The Wall Street Journal, arch-rivals Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) are actually willing to potentially cooperate and buy them jointly at prices lower than what Kodak has been expecting. More →
Apple (AAPL) claims that Samsung (005930) earned $2.4 billion on smartphones and tablets that stole the company’s protected designs and technology. The South Korean electronics giant disagrees, however, and said Apple’s numbers are about $1.72 billion off. In the ongoing trial between the two companies, Samsung on Thursday called Michael Wagner, a former partner at PriceWaterhouse who has 36 years experience in calculating corporate damages, to the stand. During his testimony, Wagner suggested that Apple’s estimates were way off, and Samsung actually earned roughly $519 million on sales of the devices Apple claims are infringing its IP. More →
Justice Lucy Koh has not been afraid to bust heads during the Apple (AAPL) v. Samsung (005930) patent trial. On Thursday, she issued an epic smackdown to Apple attorneys who apparently wanted to call an endless parade of witnesses to the stand despite only having just over six hours left to cross-examine Samsung’s witnesses and to call up any remaining witnesses of their own. At one point Koh questioned whether Apple’s lawyers were “smoking crack” for thinking they could get away with their current strategy. More →
The Apple (AAPL) v. Samsung (005930) patent trial of the century has cooled off a bit since the hits poured out last week, but a few choice items continue to emerge from San Jose, California. Samsung argued earlier this week that whether or not its Galaxy tablets made use of Apple’s protected technology and designs, that IP is invalid to begin with because Apple stole it from a Mitsubishi device and a tablet design it was shown more than a decade before the iPad launched. Apple bit back on Wednesday however, pulling out a document it says proves Samsung knowingly ripped off the iPad when it designed and built the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and its smaller counterpart, the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab. More →