Jawbone and Fitbit clearly do not like each other and the acrimony has erupted into a series of lawsuits between the two activity tracker manufacturers. The latest action is a counterclaim leveled by Jawbone against Fitbit alleging Fitbit’s patent lawsuit is frivolous. According to Jawbone’s filing, “Fitbit is knowingly and willfully misusing its patents as part of its efforts to protect its market power…The infringement allegations in both lawsuits are plainly meritless, and Fitbit had no reasonable basis for bringing either case.” Read more
Google overcame a lawsuit today pertaining to its pushing of Google applications on its Android OEMs when a judge dismissed the case. Read more
Yesterday’s report that Qualcomm will deliver an updated version of the Snapdragon 810 to Samsung has fueled speculation that LG might sue Qualcomm.
LG has contended that there is no overheating issue with the said chip, but there is also a belief that LG has made certain modifications on the G Flex 2. Now the Korea Times is reporting that LG will sue Qualcomm if they update the 810 because it’s basically admitting the overheating issue exists.
Due to a few patents Microsoft owns in relation to Samsung’s Android Phones, Samsung owes Microsoft a certain amount of money each device sold. Read more
The USPTO has issued a ruling on an Apple patent related to predictive text input declaring the patent invalid. The decision on US Patent No 8,074,172 centered on claim 18 of the patent which was defeated on the basis of prior art. The patent in question was one of two that a jury recently determined had been infringed upon by Samsung in a lawsuit brought by Apple. Read more
Apple and Samsung have been duking it out in the courts for a couple of years now, but today’s news could be the beginning of the end. Both companies have jointly announced an agreement to drop all suits against each other in countries outside the U.S. This includes Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Netherlands, the U.K., France, and Italy.
What’s interesting here is that not only is the U.S. excluded from this, but there is no cross-licensing agreement in place. So the current suits are no more, but how does this stop either company from filing new suits? It doesn’t, but I guess we can be thankful for this first step because these lawsuits do nothing but put money in the attorney’s pockets and stifle innovation.
According to Korea Times, the legal battle between the tech giants of Apple and Samsung may be coming to an end. Of course we’ve seen that before, only to also watch it crash and burn, but according to the Korean news publication, both companies have resumed talks to settle patent disputes out of court and if all goes according to plan, will end the multi-year battle between the two companies as early as the end of summer. Both are discussing royalty payments and the possibility of cross-licensing to avoid future court battles.
This news does come of last week’s announcement that Apple would be dropping patent disputes with both Motorola and Google. Should the two companies come to an agreement in ending the great patent wars, this will bode a different direction for all companies involved as there are also discussions about a cease fire (cease litigation) for a certain period of time on future disputes.
source: The Korea Times
A new report recently released by Vanity Fair attempts to recount the history of the smartphone wars, notably the battles between Apple and Samsung. Prompted by the most recent legal issue to reach a U.S. courtroom, the story portrays Samsung as using litigation and delay as part of an overall strategy to secure market share, especially when entering a new product space. Some of the tactics described are quite stunning, like one instance where Samsung employees were alleged to have actually eaten documents to make sure investigators could not get their hands on them. Read more
According to a new antitrust lawsuit that was filed yesterday, Google is said to be violating antitrust laws by maintaining an illegal monopoly — not only on Internet search but mobile search as well. This has supposedly affected the search market adversely while inflating the cost of devices of competing companies.
The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for Northern California. It accuses the Mountain View company of using Android as a way to maintain the monopoly through secret agreements with device makers. These agreements require companies to load Google’s suite of apps onto their devices. Known as Mobile Application Distribution Agreements or MADAs, the agreements have been made with mostly all Android vendors. These agreements essentially help partners facing lawsuits of their own in funding, technical support and other assistance.
Late last week, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google VP of engineering for Android, took the stand for the Samsung vs Apple trial. Of course this trial is all about copying Apple, and Lockheimer argued that they never tried to copy Apple’s iOS. Not only that, many of the Android’s software features were created before Apple did.
“We liked to have our own identity; we liked to have our own ideas,” Lockheimer said. “We were very passionate about what we were doing, and it was important that we have our own ideas.”