Samsung is no stranger to filing patent applications for smartphone devices taking a variety of form factors including those with flexible displays. The latest patent filing spotted at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office shows a smartphone device that could be folded in half like a wallet or a tent card. The ability to hold a position once bent is one of the key details that Samsung describes in their application. This could make it easier for the device to double as something like an alarm clock.
After years of battling in courtrooms around the world, it appears Apple and Samsung may be starting to grow weary of litigation. In the latest sign of this, Apple has filed a motion to drop a cross-appeal against Samsung on a matter related to the first California case decided a couple years ago between the two companies. The motion, filed with the Court of Appeals, ends Apple’s attempt to secure a permanent injunction against Samsung over multi-touch functions.
Samsung, with a vast portfolio of smartphone devices and more seeming to hit the market on a weekly basis, is also the leader in patents related to smartphones. According to a new study by Thomson Reuters, Samsung applied for 2,179 patents related to smartphones, more than three times the number applied for by their biggest rival, Apple, which had 647 patents.
According to the report, LG came in second with 1,678 patents as it works on moving up to the number three position in the smartphone market. Other companies with significant numbers of patents related to smartphones included Qualcomm with 1,383, Sony with 1,071, Panasonic with 976, and Sharp with 963.
source: The Korea Economic Daily
It’s no secret that Microsoft owns quite a few patents that they license out to anyone wanting to make an Android device. Microsoft has revealed a handful of these patents since they’ve begun filing lawsuits, but there’s no definitive list of just how many patents Microsoft uses in licensing negotiations.
Google’s Sergey Brin discussed several changes to U.S. patent law during a recent onstage presentation. Some of the sweeping changes he would like to see include the elimination of business process patents, a requirement that a patent holder actively use the patented technology, and significantly reducing the time allowed for patent protection to exist.
Earlier this month Apple managed to prevail in a case against Samsung over some patent violations in smartphones. However, the jury took much of the wind out of Apple’s sails when it awarded the company only $119 million in damages, much less than the more than $2 billion Apple was seeking. Apple seems to think the relatively insignificant amount of damages awarded in court is sufficient to justify a sales ban on Samsung products based on a recent court filing.
Samsung attorney John Quinn had some sharp words for Apple in a recent interview after the latest round in the Apple v Samsung patent wars ended in a California courtroom. Apple managed to prevail in the case, obtaining a ruling in their favor in the amount of $119.6 million after it was determined Samsung had infringed on three of five patents that were the focus of the case. However, that was a far cry from the $2.2 billion in damages Apple sought, prompting many to conclude Samsung had effectively won this round. Quinn went on to say that Apple will never receive any money from this latest litigation once appeals are exhausted. He also predicted the last case that yielded Apple a $930 million judgement will eventually be resolved with little to no money actually paid. According to Quinn “They (Apple) have nothing to show for the hundreds of millions of dollars they’ve spent” and “years into Apple’s holy war on Android, they haven’t collected a nickel.”
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.
In the Apple v. Samsung trial currently underway, one of the issues Samsung is arguing is that Apple has grossly over-exaggerated their damages claim. Apple is asking for more than $2 billion in damages based on the alleged violation of five patents. New York University professor Tulin Erdem was brought in late last week as an expert witness on Samsung’s behalf to counter Apple’s own expert regarding the amount of damages.
Glass is not enough for Google. They want more of the real estate located on your eyes, as crazy as it sounds. To do this, Google has patented a system in which cameras would be embedded into contact lenses. What would this accomplish? Taking photographs of exactly what a person sees.
You may recall that the company was talking to the FDA about contact lenses to measure glucose levels. This, however, takes the purpose of these contact lenses much further. And Google may want to hurry as Samsung is reportedly working on a set of smart contact lenses, too.
Source: Patent Bolt