Apple v. Motorola judge speaks out about software patents

In a recent ruling, Judge Richard Posner with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Chicago) effectively ended the case of Apple v. Motorola before it ever got to a courtroom by dismissing the claims in the case. In his ruling, Posner indicated specific claims for damages could not be shown by either party which left him no choice but to dismiss the case.

Posner is a judge who is not scared to speak out on a variety of issues. Just last week he wrote a critique of Supreme Court Judge Scalia’s dissent in the Arizona immigration lawsuit. Posner is a prolific writer as evidenced by a row of books in his office that he has authored, including one on the topics of economics and intellectual property laws.

Posner indicates in a recent interview about the Apple v. Motorola case that he questions whether we really need software patents. He mentions the benefit that software companies receive by being first to market with a new “gadget”, a benefit he thinks will exist whether patents are granted or not. He also has some concern with the fact that smartphones and similar devices are composed of thousands of components, yet a patent on any one of those components effectively confers legal protection (or liability) on the entire device, even the components not covered by the patent.

To read more about Judge Posner and the topic of patents, head on over to the source article. It provides a unique glimpse into one judge’s perspective on the continuing software patent wars.

source: Reuters

U.K. Judge: HTC Doesn’t Infringe Apple Patents

 

Sure Apple has recently seen its fair share of legal victories, but it’s just been dealt a major blow— courtesy of the U.K. courts. Judge Christopher Floyd recently ruled that HTC is not in violation of four Apple patents used for its touchscreen technology, which includes Apple’s slide to unlock feature. In addition, not only does HTC not infringe on Apple’s patents, but three of the four patents identified are actually invalid. The court only ruled that while Apple’s photo-management patent is valid, HTC didn’t infringe upon it.

While this is a significant victory for HTC, this is perhaps far from over. After all before his death, Steve Jobs did pledge Apple will “destroy Android” because ummmm you know… it was a stolen product and all.

source: Bloomberg

Samsung Galaxy Nexus No Longer Available from the Google Play Store

There it is folks, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is no longer available via the Google Play Store and is now deemed as “Coming Soon.” One can only guess the reasons why Google has pulled their iconic device temporarily off the shelves, although I’m sure we all can assume it’s due to a certain injunction that recently passed. Either way, the Nexus is now currently unavailable and Google didn’t give a time table as to when it will be available for purchase once again. I would expect this to be available once Google finishes a software “work-around” to comply with Apple’s complaint on a patent infringement on the Nexus.

This certainly is a frustrating time for customers that were looking to purchase the Nexus, especially after Google just dropped the price on the device to $349.99. If you would like to be notified by Google as soon as the Nexus is once again available in the Play Store, you can enter your email so that you can be notified. Of course, we will also have your back and inform our readers as soon as the Nexus is back.

source: Google Play Store

Samsung Denied Request to Lift Galaxy Nexus Ban; Software Update From Google Could be a Workaround

Despite Samsung’s best efforts, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will, at least for now, remain banned from any future sales. The Galaxy Nexus is already unavailable in the Google Play Store and is listed as “Coming Soon.” Judge Lucy Koh denied the Korean company’s motion to have the preliminary injunction overturned, which Apple was granted last week. All Apple needs to do now is post the $96 million bond and the injunction will be all set. Google and Samsung will now most likely go the same route that HTC did when Apple went after their One X and Evo4G LTE. A software update for the Galaxy Nexus will likely be made as a “work-around” to the patent that Apple claims Google and Samsung are infringing upon with the Galaxy Nexus.

Apple denied emergency ban on HTC phone imports

Remember when the HTC EVO 4G LTE launch was delayed because it was held up at customs thanks to Apple? It wasn’t just the EVO 4G LTE with issues as Apple claims other phones, including the One X, infringed on a patent order issued in December. After a short delay, the phones were accepted in the U.S., but as expected Apple is fighting back. Apparently they made an emergency request to have HTC phones denied at the U.S. border. Thankfully the U.S. International Trade Commission denied that request.

The patent in question was related to a pop up that appears when clicking on certain links. For example, if you click on an email address, a pop up would appear letting you choose if you want to send it via Gmail, the stock Email application, or some other email application you might have installed on your device. Back in December it was found that HTC violated this infringement and was issued an order to fix it. The interesting thing is they did fix it as you can see in our previous post. Apple is still not pleased and continues to try to block sales of HTC products here in the U.S.

I seriously don’t get it. Why does Apple continue to stoop to these levels? Eventually the mainstream press has to start looking at Apple in a more negative light.

source: businessweek

 

 

Samsung denied request to lift ban of Galaxy Tab 10.1

Things aren’t looking good for Samsung this week. Apple won a ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 then shortly after, a ban on the Galaxy Nexus. Samsung is appealing both cases, but as to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected Samsung’s request. Now the Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn’t really in sales channels so much since the Galaxy Tab 2 is out, but this is not a good precedence. In fact Koh is the same judge who awarded the pre-trial ban on the Galaxy Nexus this past Friday.

“Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision that denied our motion to stay. We believe today’s ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior technological features to consumers in the United States,” Samsung said in a statement.

Now if there is anything to feel optimistic about, it’s the fact that the district court is not the last chance for Samsung. They are appealing on the federal level in Washington, DC, which has exclusive jurisdiction over intellectual property disputes.

Nokia Jumps in the Patent Infringement Game, Nexus 7 the Alleged Offender

Nokia today jumped on the patent infringement bandwagon, this time alleging that the just announced jellybean tablet, the Nexus 7, violates some WiFi patents that Nokia holds near and dear to its heart.

It looks like this one won’t end up in the courts though, as Nokia seems ready and willing to license the patents (for a fee of course).

Since Google is selling this thing for $199, you’ve got to wonder if there is even anything left in that meager price tag to kick a couple bucks up to Nokia…

Google and Samsung have a ‘game plan’ that will eventually lead to a cross-licensing deal with Apple

The ongoing feud between Samsung and Apple needs to be resolved so we can just get on with our lives. The latest has Apple winning a preliminary injunction against Samsung for the Galaxy Nexus and the older Galaxy Tab. Now we are hearing reports that Google and Samsung have a “game plan” that will most likely lead to a cross licensing deal with Apple.

The Korean Times was able to get a quote from one Samsung source saying, “It’s too early to comment on our game plan (with Google) in the legal battle; but we will do our best to get more royalties from Apple, which has benefited from our technology. The fight is becoming more dramatic and the possibility of a truce in the form of a cross-licensing deal, seems to be becoming likely.”

Sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in US halted by judge

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued a preliminary injunction instructing Samsung to halt sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S. The injunction was sought by Apple as part of their lawsuit against Samsung for patent infringement involving the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Koh had previously declined to issue a preliminary injunction against Samsung. However, a federal appeals court directed Koh to reconsider the order. The injunction will not be effective until Apple posts a $2.6 Million bond to cover potential damages should Samsung ultimately prevail and it is shown the injunction should not have been issued.

Judge Dismisses Apple vs. Motorola Patent Case… Again

The case of Apple v. Motorola has been effectively dismissed in its entirety in US Federal Court by Judge Richard Posner on Friday. The case has been going on since 2010 and had already been reduced to Apple claiming four patent violations by Motorola, and Moto claiming one against Apple.

Posner had previously dismissed the case, at least tentatively, with one more chance given to both parties to make their case. Apparently, both sides failed to prove damages so Posner ruled that an injunction against the sale of any products is unwarranted. This is great news, especially for Motorola who was in the weaker position.

Hit the break for quotes from the ruling and a link to the full document.

Apple Files Counterclaim Against HTC, Claims Abuse Of 4G/LTE Patents

Apple has launched yet another offensive against its Android counterparts, this time filing a counterclaim in the Eastern District of Virginia court. This counterclaim lawsuit was filed in response against HTC, which recently filed a complaint in the ITC against Apple. According to FOSS patents, Apple claims HTC has abused two specific patents important to the 4G/LTE wireless standard and using them in a legal attack against Apple. By using abusing the two patents, Apple argues HTC breached its FRAND licensing obligations.

We’re sure you all are wonder what this means for both Apple and HTC, right? Well… no one knows just yet. But you can bet this will be a serious situation to keep an eye on because of the fact “there will probably be more cases in the future in which companies try to use 4G/LTE-essential patents as strategic weapons or for hold-up” and the government may not take too kindly for that. All eyes will be on this case in the meantime and any further developments that will arise.

source: FOSS Patents
via: Engadet

Samsung gets slapped with another patent infringement case and this time it’s not Apple

Samsung has been involved with numerous patent cases over the last year or so and of course the majority of them involve our favorite Cupertino company, Apple. We just got word of another case involving gesture recognition, but its not Apple. The company is called Flatworld Interactives, LLC and they specialize in commercialization of touchscreen technology.

Flatworld was founded by Dr. Salvko Milekic, a Professor of Cognitive Science & Digital Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Well he developed gesture recognition touch screens for children, which of course made it easier for them to interact with a computer. Flatworld alleges that Samsung’s Android smartphones, tablets, and their Galaxy Players infringe on U.S. Patent No. RE 43,318, which is titled, User Interface for Removing an Object From a Display.

Interestingly enough Apple is also a victim of Flatworld. A few months ago Flatworld hit them with this same infringement for all Apple touch devices including the iPhone, iPad, and Macs using a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad. Hit the break because things get even more interesting.

Dutch Court Rules in Favor of Samsung in 3G Patent Case Against Apple

A District Court in the Hague, Holland, has ruled that some of Apple’s older iPads (iPad 1 and iPad 2) and iPhones (3G, 3Gs, and 4) violate one of the Korean firm’s 3G patents. Today’s ruling regards European Patent EP1188269, which protects “Apparatus for encoding a transport format combination indicator for a communications system.” Also, for winning this case it seems as if Apple may have to ante up some cash towards Samsung’s way as compensation. Is this sweet justice? Honestly, it probably doesn’t matter. This is just pocket change for Apple and even with this loss, I can guarantee that it will not make Apple stop themselves from doing this again in the near future. I know us Android fans are getting tired of Apple constantly trying to stop both Samsung and HTC from continuing their Android success, but if you haven’t gotten used to it by now, you might as well start to. I don’t see this changing anytime soon.

source: webwereld
via: engadget