When we discuss lawsuits in technology, the conversation tends to migrate toward Samsung and Apple. Though that’s a headline-making squabble, it’s not the only one Apple has been dealing with. According to a new report, Apple was sued more than any other tech company in 2013. Even more surprising is who’s in second place.
Nintendo is being sued by Philips in Delaware, and the crux of the case may really hit hard. There are two patents in question, and both relate to what makes a Wii so great: motion detection. If successful in this suit, Philips may deal a deft body shot right to Nintendo as they’re trying to get up off the canvas.
Google’s ongoing legal wrangling with Oracle came to a surprising head this morning, as a Judge made a somewhat surprising ruling about Android and Java. While a previous judgement regarding details about fair use of the Java language was upheld, this ruling by a Federal Judge granted Oracle’s appeal that their Java language (or certain aspects of it) can be protected under federal law.
This week Samsung has gone on the offensive with their suggestion that Apple’s FaceTime is a patent infringer. Samsung’s own patent for compression of video before transmission is being held against Apple inside FaceTime, this new push tapping devices in Apple's lineup such as the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and iPhone 5.
Pandora has been swept up into another legal spat, this one over the golden oldies -- music made before 1972, with record companies accusing the Internet radio service of state copyright protection violations. The lawsuit includes labels Sony, Universal, Warner Music, and ABKCO, a lesser known independent label that holds rights for many Rolling Stones songs.
In the newest trial involving Apple and Samsung, documents have been introduced noting Apple’s concern about dimming market share and sales with regard to the iPhone. The concern generated from Apple’s sales team, where they noted improved competitor ecosystems as reason to be wary. Also of concern was Apple’s lack of a mid-range device.
A class-action lawsuit against Google over allegedly scanning the contents of emails has been turned down in a US District Court. This marks a strong victory for Google, which would have faced paying an astronomical amount in damages if the class-action suit had been allowed to proceed.