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Samsung’s 2012

Samsung’s 2012

The strength of Samsung's 2012 depends on whether you're in the South Korean company's product team or its legal team. Seldom does a single firm see such a mixture of fate in the same product segment: huge success - both in sales and user reaction - to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, versus a billion-dollar judgement against Samsung at the hands of arch-rival (and key components customer) Apple. All in a year's work for a company described as both an "arch copyist" and a capable innovator.

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Apple’s 2012

Apple’s 2012

Apple CEO Tim Cook promised a 2012 to remember, and with sweeping changes across the iOS and Mac ranges, new software and services, and more than a few courtroom battles, the Cupertino firm delivered. The new fourth-gen iPad with Retina display and its iPad mini sibling, along with the iPhone 5, cemented Apple's position as the benchmark against which new tablets and phones are measured. Yet it wasn't all smooth sailing, and the past twelve months saw Apple forced to wake up to a new position in the consumer electronics marketplace.

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Samsung EU antitrust charges imminent after Apple complaints

Samsung EU antitrust charges imminent after Apple complaints

Google isn't the only company in the European Commission's firing line: Samsung faces imminent antitrust charges from the EC, the competition chief confirmed today, over claims the Korean firm inappropriately used its wireless patents. "We will issue a statement of objections very soon" EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said today, Reuters reports, the first official notification to Samsung that it must answer for its behavior in the European market.

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Samsung $3.6bn Texas plant boost approved: iPhone & iPad to benefit

Samsung $3.6bn Texas plant boost approved: iPhone & iPad to benefit

Samsung has reportedly finalized its deal to expand its chip production facility in Texas, pumping $3.9bn into the US plant widely believed to manufacture mobile processors for Apple, among other components. News of the investment plans broke back in August, and according to Reuters, Samsung has now completed its talks with the state government in Texas to finalize the details and give the project the green light.

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USPTO invalidates Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent

USPTO invalidates Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent

Back in August, Apple won a major victory over Samsung, which was ruled to have willfully violated multiple Apple patents, something for which Apple was awarded over $1 billion in damages. Now the United States Patent and Trademark Office has re-examined one of the patents that was used in determining the damages awarded to Apple. The USPTO rejected all claims regarding the patent.

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Samsung gives up on trying to block Apple

Samsung gives up on trying to block Apple

Yesterday, we reported that Judge Lucy Koh had submitted two post-trial orders that denied Apple a permanent injunction against Samsung, and that denied Samsung's request for a new trial by reason of jury misconduct. Following this, Samsung has now dropped its efforts to get sales bans against the iPhone and iPad in the EU using standard-essential patents. Says the Wall Street Journal, this move was likely performed to get regulators to ease up on their investigation.

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Samsung drops Apple 3G ban hunt in Europe for “consumer choice”

Samsung drops Apple 3G ban hunt in Europe for “consumer choice”

Samsung has tweaked its standard-essential patent lawsuits against Apple in Europe, describing the decision to adjust its litigation as evidence that it stands behind its beliefs that consumer choice trumps all. "We strongly believe it is better when companies compete fairly in the marketplace" Samsung said in a statement today, "rather than in court." The move means Samsung is no longer looking to have Apple products barred from sale over alleged infringement of certain wireless technologies deemed essential with its products in Europe. Update: Turns out, Samsung isn't dropping the cases entirely; read on for the full details.

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Samsung finds no evidence of underage workers at supplier HTNS Shenzhen

Samsung finds no evidence of underage workers at supplier HTNS Shenzhen

With so many companies recruiting outside factories to manufacture parts for their devices, we often hear about the working conditions at these factories. Samsung is something of an outlier in that it makes a lot of its part in-house, but there is still a small need for outside help, which means that the company isn't immune to controversy when one of its suppliers is allegedly operating outside the rules. One of these suppliers, HTNS Shenzhen Co., was recently accused of hiring underage works, allegations that Samsung discussed this weekend in a release on Samsung Tomorrow.

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