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Apple’s Tim Cook opposed Samsung “thermonuclear” war say sources

Apple’s Tim Cook opposed Samsung “thermonuclear” war say sources

The multi-billion dollar legal war with Samsung would not have taken place had Apple CEO Tim Cook had his way, with reports claiming the current chief exec was against Apple founder Steve Jobs' "thermonuclear" war with its Korean rival. Cook, who was Apple's Chief Operating Officer until he was made CEO, was supposedly concerned about Samsung's vital role as a parts supplier, Reuters reports, which has become critical to Apple's operations.

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Ruling: Samsung didn’t willfully infringe on Apple’s patents

Ruling: Samsung didn’t willfully infringe on Apple’s patents

The Apple - Samsung patent legal case has been a long one, and its far from over. Today, however, marked a rather significant moment, with Judge Lucy Koh ruling that Samsung did not willfully infringe on Apple's patents. This is in regards to the patents for which the Korean company was slapped with an over $1 billion fine. At the heart of the ruling is an argument on Samsung's part that it had believed Apple's patents to be invalid.

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Apple and Samsung add array of devices to patent lawsuit

Apple and Samsung add array of devices to patent lawsuit

It has been a while since we last heard about the patent war between Apple and Samsung, but that doesn't mean the two companies haven't been busy going at each other. Earlier today, it was ruled that both companies can introduce new gadgets into their ongoing lawsuit, including the iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note II. Both sides claim the other's gadgets infringe on its patents.

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Samsung secrecy bid denied: Apple gets Android sales stats from arch-rival

Samsung secrecy bid denied: Apple gets Android sales stats from arch-rival

Samsung must reveal its sales figures for each device deemed infringing on Apple's patents in the US, after an appeal to have the data sealed was denied by the judge. The disclosure was a part of the $1bn award Apple was granted after Samsung was found guilty of copying technology back in August 2012, Bloomberg reports, though the South Korean company moved to have the requirement postponed until its appeal goes before the Federal Circuit court.

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Apple drops Samsung Galaxy S III Mini from patent case

Apple drops Samsung Galaxy S III Mini from patent case

Mark one in the win column, folks. Apple has dropped Samsung's latest device, the Galaxy S III Mini, from its patent case against the Korean-based company. Apple agreed in a court filing to drop its infringement claims against the Galaxy S III Mini. Apple initially included the device because it was available for sale through Amazon.com, but Samsung argued that the device had not been officially released in the US, and therefore shouldn't be covered.

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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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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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