Privacy is a bigger issue than it’s ever been before— and there are certainly some rules that needed to be checked up on, especially within government. There is currently a pending Supreme Court ruling on whether police need warrants to search cell phones. This is a pretty important ruling, as it will decide a lot in terms of precedents for the future of the privacy rights of Americans.
There isn’t any schedule for the hearings yet, so we’ll keep you updated as the case unfolds.
HTC finally caught a break! One of Nokia’s patent lawsuits against HTC in Germany has been dismissed. Wondering what the lawsuit was about? Apparently Nokia owns a patent on receiving phone calls on a device while it’s updating. We’ll argue about how silly that patent is later.
HTC was clearly thrilled about the news, and they believe that it may eventually lead to Nokia’s patent being invalidated. Nokia, on the other hand, may try to appeal the case, but I can’t imagine they’d have much more luck a second time around.
We finally have some good patent lawsuit news. Hopefully we’ll see more of that in 2014.
source: FOSS Patents
via: Android Authority
As 2013 draws to a close, what better way to remind us that life marches on despite the numbers on the calendar than a new development in the never-ending story of Apple versus Samsung. Apple has yet again filed a request in Federal District Court with Judge Lucy Koh asking for a sales injunction on more than 20 smartphone and tablet devices produced by Samsung. More accurately, they were produced by Samsung a few short years ago, but currently none of the products are on the market.
Last month we told you about Rockstar, which is a company formed by Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Sony, and Ericsson. They are using the patents won from the Nortel bid to attack Android manufacturers. Rockstar is essentially a patent troll with its only function being litigation. They filed a suit against Google and other Android manufacturers last month, but Google is fighting back in an attempt to not only protect themselves, but all of Android and the manufacturers.
Google’s complaint, filed this past Monday, claims that Rockstar’s patent campaign is attacking hundreds of tech companies and it has “placed a cloud on Google’s Android platform,” especially Nexus devices. Google also stated that Rockstar’s CEO said that Facebook, LinkedIn and every other tech company is infringing on these old Nortel patents.
Remember that beef between Google and the European Union from over the summer? It still has not been solved and it does not look like it will be anytime soon. According to Reuters, Google’s latest offer of a settlement with the EU has been rejected. To make matters worse, Google has reportedly been told that they are running out of time to settle the matter and will have to face formal charges. Reuters says that “EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia rejected the internet search giant’s latest concessions on Friday and warned that it has only a short time left to make a satisfactory offer.” The issue at hand is that Google blocked search results containing competitors.
Google’s latest offer was revised by a group of 125 companies that the commission deemed their rivals for feedback. One of the components of the offer was to “allow rivals to display their logos and make their web links more prominent to users.” Unfortunately, it was not strong enough and Almunia stated to Reuters that “there is little time left, but the ball is still in Google’s court. But within a short time frame the ball will then be here (with the European Commission) and then it will be the moment to take decisions.” For the European Union, an end is planned for spring 2014.
The Samsung vs Apple war is one of those wars that may never end. Last year’s famous copycat trial ended with a $1.05 billion reward for Apple, but $410 million of it was dropped by judge Lucy Koh after some mistakes were found in the jury’s calculations. A retrial took place in which Apple was awarded $290 million of that $410 million bringing the total damages to $930 million.
Samsung is now seeking a retrial of the retrial. Samsung is claiming racial bias because Apple compared Samsung to other Asian manufacturers that flooded the market with low-cost TVs that forced several U.S. companies into bankruptcy. It’s unlikely Koh will agree with this argument, and if so, Samsung will most likely take it to the Supreme Court and appeal the decision.
In the ongoing string of court battles between Samsung and Apple, Samsung has come out the loser in the latest round. This battle took place in South Korea where Samsung alleged Apple violated patents related to short message display methods and messaging group features. Samsung had asked the court to put a sales ban on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad 2 in place and they had asked for 100 million won ($95,000 USD) in damages. The judge in the Seoul Central District Court threw out the damages claim and refused to institute the sales ban.
In response to the latest ruling, Apple’s spokesman in Korea, Steve Park, said the company is “glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung’s ridiculous claims.” Apparently Park was not referring to a case last year in which Apple was found to have infringed on two of Samsung’s patents for wireless technology.
Last week, Nokia earned a victory in a patent dispute that halted HTC One Mini sales in the United Kingdom. The device would no longer be available and consumers would have to opt for another device. Fortunately for HTC, the device will resume being sold until December 12. That is the date that HTC will head back to court to appeal the court’s decision. While a few days won’t make a difference in terms of sales, HTC’s camp is preparing to fight in order to keep the One Mini around in the United Kingdom.
Here is HTC’s statement:
“HTC is pleased that an urgent hearing with the Court of Appeal has been scheduled for Dec. 12. Until the Court of Appeal hearing on Dec. 12, the court’s injunction against HTC is stayed. Until the hearing on Dec. 12, our U.K. customers will be able to sell all HTC devices which are already in their inventories.”
Source: Focus Taiwan
Via: HTC Source
I’m sure most of you remember the Google/Oracle lawsuit that took place over a year ago. Oracle claimed Google infringed on their copyright of Java and used pieces of copyrighted Java code to build Android, so Oracle thought they deserved a slice of Google’s profit. Considering Google has sold an absolutely incredible amount of Android phones, Oracle claimed they were owed about 6 billion dollars in damages. That eventually got cut to 1 billion in damages, but ultimately the case was ruled in favor of Google. To add insult to injury, Oracle was slapped with Google’s legal fees on top of everything.
HTC received some bad news today about their plans to sell the HTC One Mini in the U.K. – they can’t. That word came as part of ruling issued by Judge Richard Arnold in a case between Nokia and HTC involving chips in the HTC devices. Nokia claimed the chips were infringing patents they own. The sales ban will go into effect on December 6th. According to Judge Arnold, the HTC One is also infringing on Nokia’s patents, but he did not institute a sales ban while HTC appeals the ruling due to the “considerable” damage HTC would suffer. Even with that small reprieve, it appears HTC has agreed to stop importing any of their HTC One devices into the U.K. while an appeal is underway.