No time for pocket change when it comes to Apple and Samsung’s ongoing patent trial. Today, Apple has raised its claim for the jury to go in there favor and award them $2.19 billion in damages. Apple had originally wanted around $2 billion.
According to a report from Korean news site Media Today, Samsung has filed a 300 million won ($285,000 USD) complaint against the Electronic Times regarding reporting on the camera in the Samsung Galaxy S 5. It appears Samsung took the unusual move of skipping a step that involves a press arbitration board in Korea and has gone straight to filing a lawsuit seeking damages.
This will make an Apple fanboy’s blood boil. An internal document from Apple’s sales force that shows the company is well aware that iPhone sales may hit a speed bump due to its competitors improvements. Ina Fried of Re/code confirmed that Samsung brought the document forward in court on Friday.
As the Apple v. Samsung trial starts to move along since starting earlier this week, we may be treated to some interesting bits of information about how the two companies viewed each other and how that guided their strategy. As part of his opening statements on behalf of Samsung, attorney John Quinn indicated that,
“We will show you internal Apple documents, documents that haven’t been made public before, and showed how Apple was really concerned about competition from Android, and in particular Samsung…This new, edgy marketing strategy…it drove Apple crazy.”
Last September, an appeals court ruled that Google’s Street View Wi-Fi sniffing tactics violated the Wiretap Act, and now Google is asking the Supreme Court to overrule that decision.
In order to get accurate Street View data, Google sniffs unencrypted Wi-Fi networks such as nearby homes and businesses. Some people see it as wiretapping, but Google thinks capturing unencrypted Wi-Fi is not wiretapping. After further investigations, it was found that an engineer was electronically eavesdropping as part of a 20-percent project, but he also urged the company’s legal team to “weigh in” before deploying the code to the Street View fleet. That request “slipped through the cracks,” and Google apologized with the understanding they would destroy the never used data.
Apple and Samsung were scheduled to return to the courtroom today in the latest round of legal disputes between the two smartphone giants. Unlike the first trial that focused heavily on hardware issues, this new round will emphasize software, especially features found in the Android and iOS operating systems. That focus on software features found in Android means Google will play a much larger role this time around.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Google by a New York mother who alleges Google is unfairly profiting from in-app purchases by permitting minors to make them without parents’ knowledge. The action is similar to an issue that Apple just recently resolved over a similar business model. According to one of the attorneys representing the plaintiff, Google has failed to incorporate reasonable controls that results in minors racking up excessive charges for “worthless in-game currency.”
It’s time for another episode of the Samsung vs Apple war. If you remember, back in December, Apple asked Judge Lucy Koh for a permanent injunction againt Samsung that would ban the sale of over 20 phones and tablets in the U.S. This was after Apple was finally awarded a total of $930 million in damages from the original landmark verdict back in August 2012. Judge Koh denied the injunction, but the future doesn’t look all that bad for Apple.
The two giants will face each other in court again later this month, but it’s on a different set of patents that involve newer devices such as the Galaxy S III. Many industry experts think more damages will be awarded to Apple since these newer products were bigger sellers. Apple and Samsung did try to settle things with a mediator, but unsurprisingly, that didn’t go so well.
Will this war ever end?
Google’s Andy Rubin will be on the list of people that Apple plans to bring to the stand during its upcoming court battle with Samsung. Rubin, who left the Android team almost a year ago, would be cross-examined about the development of Android, specifically the features that Apple claims are in violation of their patents. Among the numerous Apple v. Samsung battles, this will be the first time that Rubin has been called to the stand.
Of course, he’s not the only one from Google to be called to the stand. The list includes, Google’s head of Android Marketing, Kenzo Fong; VP of engineering, Hiroshi Lockheimer; User Experience researcher, Ann Hsieh; software developer, Fred Quintana; and a former employee Helena Roeber.