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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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Judge rejects Samsung’s jury misconduct claim, Apple denied permanent injunction

Judge rejects Samsung’s jury misconduct claim, Apple denied permanent injunction

Apple and Samsung have both been smacked by Judge Lucy Koh, who just pushed through dual post-trial orders: one that denies Apple a permanent injunction, and one that rejects Samsung's jury misconduct claims, denying it a new trial. This could be a first in the US, with it being unheard of for a judge to make a sweeping rejection for an injunction motion when so many infringements are in play.

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Apple CEO: US Mac production in 2013

Apple CEO: US Mac production in 2013

Apple will bring some Mac production to the US in 2013, CEO Tim Cook has confirmed, investing more than $100m into the strategy to increase the involvement of US workers. Outlining the plans in a broad-ranging interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, in which he also discusses the ongoing legal battle with Samsung and his personal dissatisfaction with Android and Windows tablets, Cook said that Apple had taken a longer-strategy to production so that it wasn't merely piecing together a few foreign parts.

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Apple and Samsung back in court to tussle over $1bn fine

Apple and Samsung back in court to tussle over $1bn fine

Apple and Samsung head back into the courtroom today, with the Korean company eager to scythe away at the $1.05bn patent infringement judgement it was ordered to pay back in August. Meanwhile, Apple hopes to inflate the penalty by a further $535m, arguing that since the jury decided Samsung's infringement was willful, the company should be subject to an even greater punishment. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh of the San Jose, California court will hear arguments from both, as well as deciding which of Samsung's products should be banned from sale.

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