Last month Samsung received some backing from major tech companies like Google, HP and Facebook in their ongoing patent lawsuit with Apple. The companies were hoping to help bolster Samsung’s case before the U.S. appellate court that too much emphasis was being placed on patents that constitute a tiny fraction of the whole when it comes to a smartphone. The argument is an important one to Samsung as they try to limit the damages owed to Apple that resulted from a court case in which it was ruled that Samsung had violated some of Apple’s patents. The appeals court has rejected this latest argument from Samsung.
A final ruling on the amount that Samsung owes to Apple is still pending before the district court. When Apple originally won the court case, they were awarded closet o $1 Billion in damages. Since then, Samsung has been whittling away at that amount through a series of appeals. The current potential payment owed sits at $548 million.
The patent battle between Apple and Samsung has resurfaced thanks to a new amicus filing by some of the tech industries heavyweights who are lining up behind Samsung. In the friend of the court briefing, companies like Google, HP, Facebook and others, make an argument we have heard from Samsung in the past. Read more
Remember that lawsuit between Nvidia and Samsung that began late last year as a result of the graphic card manufacturer believing that the Korean company had infringed upon seven of its patents? And how Samsung hit back by first accusing Nvidia of false advertising and then by issuing its own lawsuit claiming the Nvidia had infringed upon Samsung’s patents? The International Trade Commission (ITC) stepped in soon after and have now formed a recommendation.
LG and Nokia have announced that they’ve reached a licensing deal related to several of Nokia smartphone patents. LG has licensed a wide range of patents covering communications over a mobile network, although neither company disclosed how much LG is paying for the licensing.
Both companies have said the deal is mutually beneficial, which I’m sure everyone will agree with. LG gets access to some patents to make better phones, and Nokia gets some extra cash. It’s not like Nokia was using the technology to make any compelling smartphones. Read more
Google has announced they will be running a special promotion for a couple weeks in May to accept offers from patent holders who are interested in selling their patents. The promotion is described as an “experimental marketplace” for Google to test whether they can process a large influx of offers to buy patents that is easy for patent sellers to use. The end result, according to Google, will be an improved “patent landscape” and a patent system that works better. Read more
In what may be one of the most unusual legal twists witnessed in recent memory, a move by Samsung to have some patents invalidated may end up helping Apple avoid a $533 million judgment. This curious result is because both Apple and Samsung have been sued by the same company, Smartflash LLC, over the same set of patents. A win by either of the tech giants in their respective lawsuits will end up helping the other, even though Apple and Samsung have been huge rivals in recent years carrying on their own patent legal battles against each other. Read more
In what has to be one of the quickest resolutions to a patent lawsuit between tech giants in recent history, Microsoft and Samsung have announced a settlement over patent royalties for some code included in Samsung’s Android devices. The lawsuit stemmed from an agreement reached between the two companies in 2011 that flared up in August 2014 when Microsoft accused Samsung of breach of contract. Read more
Samsung is expected to not only unveil the Galaxy S 6 next month at Mobile World Congress, but they will also likely reveal the Galaxy S Edge. The Galaxy S Edge should be the Galaxy S 6, but with two curved edges, one at the right side and one at the left. A new design patent, submitted by Samsung, shows one other extra special feature that could end up on this device.