Entries with tag apple patents.

Apple, Samsung Drop All Pending Patent Cases Outside US

In a joint statement, leading smartphone makers Apple and Samsung Electronics have announced they will drop all patent-related suits outside the US against each other. They are currently embroiled in patent cases in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, and the UK. Apple has contended that Samsung copied its iPhone designs, while Samsung says Apple uses its wireless-transmission technology. The companies are not completely abandoning their patent-related claims and have not reached any agreements for licensing each other’s intellectual property. In a statement, the companies said, they “are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.” Apple won two California-based suits—a $930 million verdict in 2012 and a $120 million verdict in early 2014. (Bloomberg)(Reuters)

Appeals Court Refuses to Re-Hear Apple-Samsung Patent Case

A US appeals court upheld the decision of a lower court in a patent infringement suit brought by Samsung against Apple. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit made its decision 14 May 2014 without offering any explanation. The companies have been locked in litigation worldwide regarding their smartphone and mobile device patents. Neither company issued a comment. Earlier this month, Samsung was ordered to pay $119.6 million for infringing three Apple patents, a matter that could also be appealed. (Reuters)

Judge Denies Apple’s Request for a Ban on US Sales of Some Samsung Smartphones

The patent dispute over smartphone technologies between Apple and Samsung, which have been locked in litigation for roughly three years, continues unresolved after a US judge has ruled against Apple’s request for a permanent ban on sales of some older Samsung handsets for allegedly infringing on its patents. US District Judge Lucy Koh stated Apple didn’t present enough evidence to show that its patented features were sufficiently significant to warrant an injunction. Apple is claiming damages of $40 per device for five software patents. Another patent trial is scheduled to begin 31 March, which will focus on newer Samsung phones. It will be the third jury trial on the matter. The companies have been unable to agree on cross-licensing terms. (SlashDot)(Fortune)(Reuters)(FOSS Patents)

Apple Granted Patents for Hover Technology, Heart Rate Monitor

The US Patent and Trademark Office granted two patents to Apple related to smartphone technologies. The first is a method for touch-and-hover interaction with a device screen while the second is for an embedded heart rate monitor. Although the hover technology is not new, the patent is designed to increase its accuracy. Meanwhile, the heart rate sensor allows a device to read a user’s heart rate, but could provide the capability on much smaller devices than are currently on the market, according to Apple observers. (Venture Beat)(Tech Crunch)(Apple Insider)

Judge Sets Samsung Hearing for December

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has set a 6 December hearing on punitive damages in the Apple-Samsung litigation over patent infringement, recently decided in favor of Apple. The jury in the case awarded $1.05 billion to Apple after finding that Samsung “willfully” infringed on six Apple patents. Koh could award triple damages because the infringement was deemed willful. At the 6 December hearing, Koh is also slated to decide whether to ban eight Samsung Galaxy and Droid phones from the US market based on the jury finding that they infringe upon Apple patents. The jury actually found that 28 Samsung devices violated six of Apple’s patents, but many are no longer on the market. Samsung has asked the court to dissolve a preliminary injunction on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer after the jury found it did not infringe on Apple’s iPad design patent. (AFP)(BBC)

Apple Awarded $1 Billion in US Patent Row with Samsung

A California jury has awarded $1.05 billion to Apple after finding that Samsung “willfully” infringed on six Apple patents. Samsung says it will contest the verdict. Because the jury found that Samsung willfully infringed on Apple’s patents, the judge could award triple the $1.05 billion jury judgment. In the wake of the verdict, it remains unclear what Samsung, which is based in South Korea, will have to do to remain active in the US market. Analysts say that company might have to license technology from Apple or else pull all devices using the infringed-upon technologies from the market and redesign them. A South Korean court recently ruled that Apple and Samsung infringed on each other’s mobile-device-related patents. The court awarded both companies damages and banned sales of some of their products in South Korea. Both consumers and analysts have expressed concern that the US ruling could inhibit innovation and cause device prices to rise. (PhysOrg)(AFP)(The New York Times)(ZDNet)

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