Samsung Removes Universal Search From Sprint Galaxy S III

Yesterday the Sprint Galaxy S III began receiving a security update OTA, but little information was given as to what the update addressed. Users have reported that the update has removed the universal search feature from the device, meaning only web results are given from the search bar. The removal of local search is undoubtedly in response to the recent Apple lawsuit against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for the very same ability. Google and Samsung are working together to fight that case and this move is a preemptive strike in case Apple decides to take on Samsung’s latest star.


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Samsung wins U.K. ruling over Apple; tablets not as simplistic

Samsung won a ruling in a U.K. courtroom today in one of its many cases against Apple. Judge Colin Birss ruled in London that consumers are not likely to mix up Galaxy tablets with the iPad. In the ruling, Birss indicates the Samsung products “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity” of the Apple products. According to Birss, the Samsung tablets were thinner and possessed “unusual details” on the back. Apparently these qualities make the Apple products more “cool” according to the judge.
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Google Seeking $4 Million in Legal Fees from Oracle

Remember when Oracle attempted to sue Google due to “supposed” patent infringements that were coded into Android? Google came out on top in that case when the judge ruled in favor for the search giant. Shortly after, we reported that one of the conditions Judge Williams Alsup set for Oracle for filing the case against Google was that Oracle would have to provide for Google’s legal fees if they were to lose the case. We initially reported that the dollar amount could be as high as $300,000, but now it appears that Google thinks it’s much more than that and are now demanding upwards of a cool $4 million. According to Google, “$2.9 million was spent for organization of copied court-necessary documents, $143,341 for transcript services, and $986,978 for compensation of the court-appointed experts.”

Oracle is expected to contest the supposed $4 million that Google is seeking. Obviously, $4 million is just pocket change for the search giant, but I’m sure it’s the principle of it that Google is after. Perhaps it’s a message Google is sending to anyone else that even thinks about attempting to sue them.

source: Electronista

Immediate Stay of Galaxy Tab 10.1 Injunction Denied By Federal Circuit

Last week, Samsung motioned to stay the preliminary injunction of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but Judge Lucy Koh denied the request. Samsung then appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in hopes of stay at the federal level. Samsung’s motion for an immediate stay of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction was denied by the Federal Circuit’s Motions Panel, with no reasons given, but since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is nearing the end of its shelf-life, it’s presumed that the circuit judges feel the harm to Samsung is minimal.

The Federal Circuit has ordered Apple to respond to Samsung’s motion to stay no later than July 12 by noon (Eastern Time) for the Tab 10.1.

In contrast, Samsung did win a stay on the injunction against the Galaxy Nexus. At least there’s that.

source: foss patents

ITU plans summit to address rampant patent litigation

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a part of the United Nations, has announced plans for a roundtable in Geneva on October 10, 2012. The purpose of the gathering is to address the surge of patent litigation and lack of adherence to standards bodies’ patent policies. These actions are leading to more instances of markets being blocked and high-profile cases of goods being impounded at docks. The roundtable discussion will include standards organizations, key industry players, and government officials.
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Google to release software update next week to work around Galaxy Nexus ban

As previously reported, Google and Samsung are preparing a solution to work around the recent ban on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh. The halt on sales of the device is a result of a preliminary injunction granted as part of a lawsuit filed by Apple against Samsung. Apple alleges Samsung has violated a patent for a “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system.”

According to reports, Google has prepared an OTA update to roll out to current Nexus owners. Google indicates they plan to resume sales of the Nexus smartphones next week loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. According to spokespersons, the Jelly Bean implementation will include the workaround so the devices will not be in violation of the preliminary injunction.

We will continue to monitor the situation for reports of users receiving the OTA update and the restoration of the Galaxy Nexus to the Play Store. Hopefully the wait will be a short one.

source: ABC News

Apple sued in China for patent infringement involving Siri [Video]

We don’t normally report what’s going on in the world of Apple, but since they have been a thorn in everyone’s side with patent lawsuits, we though you might find this interesting. Apple has been sued in China, but not by Samsung, Motorola, HTC, or another Android manufacturer. Zhizhen Network Technology is the culprit and they say that Apple’s Siri voice assistant infringes on their Xiaoi voice assistant.

The patent in question is ZL200410053749.9 and it relates to a “type of instant messaging chat bot system,” which happens to be called Xiaoi Bot. The Xiaoi patent was applied for by Zhizhen back in 2004 and was granted in 2006. What really has Zhizhen ticked off the most is the way Apple marketed Siri on their Chinese website. They said, “It (siri) can understand what you say and what you’re asking for, and it can find the answer that you are looking for on the web”. It’s no longer on the website.


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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