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

Apple vs SamsungThe 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. Read more

Google takes to the web to support Louisville in AT&T lawsuit

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When Google decided to get into the Internet access business by offering fiber connections, part of their motivation was to disrupt the market for Internet access. Google saw it as stagnant and offering a substandard product. Of course, Google does have a bit of a vested interest in consumers being able to access fast broadband Internet. It should be no surprise when a company like AT&T files a lawsuit like they did this week to slow down Google’s process. Although not the target of the lawsuit, Google has issued their support for Louisville. Read more

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

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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. Read more

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

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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. Read more

Samsung appeals to Supreme Court regarding Apple design patents

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Earlier this month it was revealed Samsung agreed to pay Apple over half a billion dollar settlement from their historic patent battle of a few years ago. Samsung said they reserved the right to claw back some of the payment if a planned appeal to the Supreme Court was successful, indicating the case would continue despite the payment. Today Samsung filed an appeal with the Supreme Court concerning how the court handled design patent violations in the Apple case. Read more

EU files claims alleging Qualcomm engaged in anti-trust activities

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The European Commission has formally filed charges, “Statements of Objections,” alleging chipmaker Qualcomm has violated EU rules designed to prevent anti-competitive activity. The claims allege Qualcomm paid a major customer to exclusively use its chipsets in their smartphones and that Qualcomm sold chipsets below cost for the express purpose of forcing a competitor out of the market. Read more

Samsung to pay Apple half a billion, but case not over yet

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In a new joint filing with the courts submitted by Samsung and Apple, Samsung has agreed to pay over half a billion dollars to Apple pursuant to the judgment against them in a patent dispute between the two companies. This “sort of” settlement comes nearly five years after Apple’s original complaint and several years after Apple succeeded at the trial court level. Thus far, Samsung had not paid a single penny on the original award that was over $1 billion, but now they have agreed to make a payment of $548 million, the current amount owed after a series of appeals and adjustments. Despite agreeing to this payment, Samsung thinks they are retaining the right to possibly get some of this money back at some time in the future, a point that Apple disagrees with. Read more