Apple tells Supreme Court not to hear Samsung’s patent trial appeals

Apple-vs-Samsung-lawsuit1We have more Apple and Samsung lawsuit news, and we all know what that means. After years of legal battling, the two companies have finally decided to compromise and stop the never-ending lawsuits and have agreed to just get along.

Actually, Apple told the Supreme Court that it shouldn’t hear Samsung’s appeal over their massive patent dispute after Samsung filed for the court to hear everything back in December. It’s not really a cheerful ending, but we can still hold out hope for that first thing. Read more

Nokia, Samsung settlement reached over patent licenses

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Nokia announced today that an agreement with Samsung, pursuant to a binding arbitration process, was reached regarding compensation due to Nokia for a variety of patents being utilized by Samsung. The settlement is expected to yield Nokia approximately $200 million euros annually. Including some funds to be paid for previous periods while the case was underway, Nokia anticipates receiving slightly more than 1.0 billion euros for Samsung’s use of the patent portfolio. Despite the positive impact on Nokia’s bottom line, investors do not seem happy and were expecting a larger settlement. Read more

Consumer protection group in the Netherlands bringing suit against Samsung over its sluggish Android updates

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The process of getting the latest update onto our phones is, usually, extremely frustrating. While some manufactures, such as HTC, are trying to make the process a little more transparent, most of us are left with no information in regards to when, or even if our device will be updated. I know I am sitting here with my Note 4, now three months out from the release of Marshmallow, with no idea when my device will be updated. For those of you, like me, growing fed up with this lack of info, we may have a savior. The Dutch consumer organization “Consumentenbond” sees this lack of info harmful to Dutch consumers, and has decided to bring suit against Samsung in hopes to make the process more transparent.

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Apple tries to pack more in sack, asks court for almost $180 million more from Samsung

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Like one of the scenes of the Grinch trying to cram every last bit of Christmas from Whoville in his sack, Apple strikes just before the holiday with a request to lighten the bank account of Samsung just a little bit more in their long-running patent battle. In a new court filing this week, Apple is asking the district court for another $180 in damages and interest. Read more

Samsung appeals to Supreme Court regarding Apple design patents

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Earlier this month it was revealed Samsung agreed to pay Apple over half a billion dollar settlement from their historic patent battle of a few years ago. Samsung said they reserved the right to claw back some of the payment if a planned appeal to the Supreme Court was successful, indicating the case would continue despite the payment. Today Samsung filed an appeal with the Supreme Court concerning how the court handled design patent violations in the Apple case. Read more

EU files claims alleging Qualcomm engaged in anti-trust activities

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The European Commission has formally filed charges, “Statements of Objections,” alleging chipmaker Qualcomm has violated EU rules designed to prevent anti-competitive activity. The claims allege Qualcomm paid a major customer to exclusively use its chipsets in their smartphones and that Qualcomm sold chipsets below cost for the express purpose of forcing a competitor out of the market. Read more

Samsung to pay Apple half a billion, but case not over yet

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In a new joint filing with the courts submitted by Samsung and Apple, Samsung has agreed to pay over half a billion dollars to Apple pursuant to the judgment against them in a patent dispute between the two companies. This “sort of” settlement comes nearly five years after Apple’s original complaint and several years after Apple succeeded at the trial court level. Thus far, Samsung had not paid a single penny on the original award that was over $1 billion, but now they have agreed to make a payment of $548 million, the current amount owed after a series of appeals and adjustments. Despite agreeing to this payment, Samsung thinks they are retaining the right to possibly get some of this money back at some time in the future, a point that Apple disagrees with. Read more

Google sheds some light on EU’s requirement to keep some info out of the light

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Back in 2014, the European Union’s courts decided individuals covered by their jurisdiction had a right to not have some information about them show up in search results, the so-called “right to be forgotten.” Although action to protect individuals exercising this right applies to all search engines, by virtue of its size and having been a party to the original complaint, Google has been the primary recipient of attention regarding how this right will actually be implemented. To help the public understand the impact of the decision, Google has released a transparency report on search removals. Read more