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Apple patents licensed to Microsoft while Samsung declined

Apple patents licensed to Microsoft while Samsung declined

It seems that one of the bigger stories to come out of the Apple vs Samsung trail over the past few days has gotten just a bit more complicated, as the patents Apple offered to Samsung several years ago - the same that are on trial now - were also offered to Microsoft. As Apple's director of patent licensing and strategy Boris Teksler noted in the case, Microsoft and Apple have had a long-running cross-licensing deal going in which all of the patents in the case at hand were and are included. With that deal came "specific rules" in which both companies are not allowed to make "clone" products.

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Apple seeks $2.45 billion in case vs Samsung

Apple seeks $2.45 billion in case vs Samsung

The battle between Apple and Samsung rages on as the court case they're currently in the center of reveals the giant chunk of Apple's sought-after damages. For just the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S II devices released throughout the last few years by Samsung, Apple is seeking a bit over $1.99 billion USD. Gems such as the Samsung Captivate and the Samsung Fascinate did some heavy hitting of their own, incurring damages of $285,291,279 and $287,292,814 respective.

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Apple vs. Samsung trial reveals sales numbers

Apple vs. Samsung trial reveals sales numbers

Apple and Samsung are currently duking it out in court over various patent infringement allegations, and as part of the proceedings the two companies have had to submit detailed sales numbers for their smartphones and tablets. Apple normally reveals how many iPhones and iPads it has shipped during its quarterly earnings results, but this is the first time we’re getting a closer look at some of Samsung’s sales numbers along with detailed breakdowns in the United States.

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Apple vs. Samsung trial suddenly frozen in South Korea

Apple vs. Samsung trial suddenly frozen in South Korea

A South Korean court has put Apple vs. Samsung on ice, prompting speculation that it will follow the lead of the high-profile San Jose, USA trial as the Korean company fights against allegations of patent infringement. A ruling on two lawsuits - one filed by Apple against Samsung, the other by Samsung against Apple - had been expected on Friday morning local time, Korea Real Time reports, but a surprise announcement by the Seoul Central District Court confirmed the verdicts had been delayed for "procedural reasons."

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Samsung served on a public platter by Conan for Apple

Samsung served on a public platter by Conan for Apple

With the Apple vs Samsung USA trail raging hard this week, late night talk show host Conan O'Brien's crew have taken the time to create a spoof video that makes their stance on the subject very, very clear. With the fabulous art of sarcasm you'll find this "Samsung made" video showing off how absolutely nothing alike the Samsung Galaxy S is to the iPhone, the same being true of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 compared to the iPad. Best of all, you'll see a nearly Rastafarian "Stefan Jobes" at the end of the clip - just what you wanted!

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When is Competitive Analysis just copying (and do consumers care?)

When is Competitive Analysis just copying (and do consumers care?)

Samsung's 2010 "Relative Evaluation Report" has dunked the company into hot water, but the 132-page comparison between iPhone and Galaxy S raises new questions on device differentiation and buyer benefit. Submitted as evidence of Samsung's copyist ways by Apple's legal team in the ongoing San Jose jury trial, the document is a comprehensive and blunt critique of the original Galaxy smartphone by Samsung's own team, nitpicking its way through UI and "fun factor" in a way that leaves Cupertino with no doubts that its wares have been replicated.

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Huge Samsung iPhone report could be Apple’s smoking gun

Huge Samsung iPhone report could be Apple’s smoking gun

A 2010 Samsung report detailing how the company's smartphones hold up against the iPhone in excruciating 132-page detail could prove the tipping point for the copycat legal case, Apple hopes. Acquired by Apple and admitted in full into evidence in the San Jose trial where Samsung fights allegations of blatantly copying the iPhone aesthetic, AllThingsD reports, the document ticks through the Galaxy S in assessment of basic functionality, visual elements, and features like browsing and multimedia, concluding that the Korean handset requires a jolt of Apple-style magic in order to compete.

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Sloppy slates not iPad envy fueled Samsung refund rush

Sloppy slates not iPad envy fueled Samsung refund rush

One of the damning arguments used against Samsung in its trial against Apple was the return rate of the Samsung Galaxy Tab range to Best Buy stores. The high return rates were supposedly attributed to customers mistaking the tablets for iPads, although new survey information from Best Buy conducted by Samsung shows that it might not quite be that simple. Samsung conducted a survey across 30 Best Buy stores across the United States in 2011 that showed the most popular reason for return was a high malfunction rate.

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Samsung suffered “crisis of design” iPhone expert claims

Samsung suffered “crisis of design” iPhone expert claims

Apple's iPhone spurred a "crisis in design" at Samsung, the Cupertino company alleges, citing an internal document in which Samsung execs bemoaned the "Heaven and Earth" difference in smartphone style. The revelation came as part of design expert Peter Bressler's testimony in the San Jose courtroom on Monday, the Guardian reports, though Samsung argues that the document's frantic tone was "hyperbole" intended to motivate employees rather than confirm any sense of desperation.

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Apple’s expert witness says the magic words: “substantially the same”

Apple’s expert witness says the magic words: “substantially the same”

In the Apple vs Samsung court case going on this month it appears that the iPhone company has struck a heavy blow with expert witness Peter Bressler. This man is a former President of the Industrial Designers Society of America and a current fellow of that group, a co-author of over 60 design and utility patents, and an active faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches integrated product design classes. Because of this list of achievements and accolades, Bressler's words as witness in this court case will certainly ring true to the jury. In this case, Apple calling Bressler to the stand to testify is very, very bad news for Samsung.

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Apple pressured 3G experts to change evidence says Samsung

Apple pressured 3G experts to change evidence says Samsung

Apple has been accused of attempting to inappropriately influence expert witnesses, with Samsung claiming its Cupertino foe has pressured 3G patent specialists to tweak their testimony. According to Apple's counsel in the Sydney, Australia trial, Stephen Burley, only two changes were made after the company called a meeting with the three experts responsible for a report into a trio of 3G-related patents Samsung alleges that Apple has violated with recent iOS devices.

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