Waymo, Uber lawsuit narrows after most patent claims dropped by Alphabet

In an ongoing legal dispute between Uber and Waymo, Alphabet has dropped three of four patent claims and they have been instructed by the judge in the case to significantly reduce the scope of the trade secret claims that form the heart of the lawsuit. The legal dispute commenced when Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle division, sued Uber claiming the company accessed trade secrets when they hired Anthony Levandowski. Levandowski had been with Waymo and is alleged to have downloaded over 14,000 files before leaving the company and joining Uber. Alphabet sued Uber over more than 100 trade secrets and in a bit of a surprise, also accused Uber of violating four LiDAR related patents.

Qualcomm seeks U.S. iPhone ban in latest move against Apple

A few years ago a huge legal battle between Samsung and Apple dominated headlines as the two giants worked to move to the top of the smartphone market. Since then, things have taken a turn for the better and the companies mostly limit their competitive nature to the market. Over the past few months though, a new, big legal battle is starting to boil and once again Apple is involved. This time the protagonist is Qualcomm. In the latest move, Qualcomm has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission asking for a ban on import of iPhones into the U.S. and that sales of product already in the country be halted.

Google hit with $2.7 Billion fine from EU over shopping results

European Union regulators hit Google with a $2.7 Billion fine yesterday claiming the search giant violated antitrust regulations in the way it was displaying search results for shopping related searches. The EU is giving Google 90 days to change how they display results or they may face an additional daily fine equal to 5% of average daily global revenue for Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Google indicates they disagree with the EU’s conclusions and they are reviewing the decision and options related to appeals.

Samsung lit up with Canadian class action lawsuit over Galaxy Note 7


Samsung has been making progress to recall all of the faulty Galaxy Note 7 devices that were released this fall as indicated by a recent report showing 85% have been retrieved in the U.S. market. Nevertheless, the company is still facing some backlash over the whole incident. The latest is a class-action lawsuit filed in Canada alleging Samsung knowingly shipped faulty units and mislead consumers. The Canadian action joins lawsuits in South Korea and the U.S. that Samsung already faces over the Galaxy Note 7’s exploding batteries.

Samsung facing class-action lawsuits in U.S., Korea over Galaxy Note 7


As Samsung tries to bring the whole Galaxy Note 7 incident to a close, it looks like they have some new issues to contend with. Given the nature of today’s society it should be no surprise that Samsung is now facing legal challenges from customers. According to new reports, one proposed class-action suit has been filed in the U.S. and another is pending in South Korea.

Google prevails over Oracle in Java copyright trial


After a two-week long jury trial, the culmination of a years long legal spat that started in 2010, Google has prevailed over Oracle regarding the use of Java in the Android operating system. A unanimous jury verdict held that Google’s use of Java API’s was protected by fair-use provisions of copyright law. Oracle has indicated they plan to appeal the trial results.

Samsung is attempting to reduce damages over Apple lawsuit in Supreme Court review

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The Samsung and Apple lawsuit will probably end sometime around when the Galaxy S14 comes out, but that’s just the way some of these legal battles go. The latest move comes from Samsung trying to mitigate some of the damages owed to Apple by way of a Supreme Court appeal, which pretty much means the company has given up trying to dispute the patents themselves and is now in damage control mode.

Immersion is back, this time with a lawsuit targeting Apple devices


Immersion, a company that owns several patents related to haptic technology, has filed several actions directed at Apple alleging patent infringement related to Apple’s implementation of 3D Touch and Force Touch technology. The complaints allege violations of Immersion patents in the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S Plus and in various versions of the Apple Watch. In particular, Immersion says Apple’s features involving vibration feedback for different touches and the feature that uses light touches to display previews of actions infringe on their intellectual property.

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


We 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.

Nokia, Samsung settlement reached over patent licenses


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.

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


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.

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


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.