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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 offered licensing deal to Samsung, wanted $30 per phone

Apple offered licensing deal to Samsung, wanted $30 per phone

Apple and Samsung may currently be duking it out in the court room, but a freshly-surfaced Apple presentation from 2010 shows that the iPhone maker tried to strike a licensing deal with Samsung long before the jury became involved. Apple, as many of you already know, is taking Samsung to court over allegedly copying the iPhone in its own devices, but this new presentation shows that Apple tried to resolve the dispute by offering to license its patents to Samsung. Given the fact that Apple is currently suing Samsung for $2.5 billion, it seems that negotiations didn't go so well.

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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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Apple’s Expert Witness cost them $75k “so far”

Apple’s Expert Witness cost them $75k “so far”

Last night we reported on the testimony of perhaps the most important witness to the trial of Apple vs Samsung here in the USA so far, industrial designer peter Bressler - now we're hearing how much it cost Apple to have him testify. It's important to note that the entirety of the $75,000 USD payed to Bressler by Apple thus far is entirely legal as our US court system does indeed allow for an expert witness to be paid for their help on a trial, and that Bressler does advertise himself as an "expert witness" on a broken-down website pointed out by Samsung in the case. It's also worth mentioning that there's a much nicer representation of the man up at BresslerGroup.com, another site and company that Bressler is a part of.

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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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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 vs Samsung jury questioned on outside influence

Apple vs Samsung jury questioned on outside influence

The jury involved in the current largest tech-related court case in the land, Apple vs Samsung, has been polled today by Judge Koh on how influenced they've been by outside media sources since the trial began. This polling was done after Apple suggested the members of the jury could have been influenced by inadmissible evidenced that Samsung had shared with the media earlier this week. Judge Koh ruled after the brief questioning that none of the members of the jury were significantly influenced by what Apple called Samsung's "bad faith litigation misconduct."

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Apple’s Phil Schiller reintroduces the iPhone in Samsung case

Apple’s Phil Schiller reintroduces the iPhone in Samsung case

The senior vice president worldwide marketing at Apple, Phil Schiller, took the stand in the Samsung case this morning to convince the jury that the iPhone's design and Apple's approach with it and the iPad were wholly unique. In doing so, Schiller (and Apple) hope to make it clear that there are elements that Samsung latched on to for their own smartphone and tablet lines in a way that damaged Apple's prospective sales in the process. Schiller's questioning in the case thus far has ranged from the development of the iPhone (and the iPad at the same time) to the company's advertising strategies from start to present.

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Apple not allowed to keep survey secrets in Samsung case

Apple not allowed to keep survey secrets in Samsung case

As the Apple vs Samsung case continues to rage on, this Friday's proceedings have begun with a ruling on Apple's ability to keep secret their customer surveys galore. It may seem like a strange situation that Apple would have to reveal what their surveyed customers have said about the iPhone and iPad while at the same time Samsung is being denied usage of evidence in spades, but such is this case's rather intricate set of rulings before the jury even sees the case in action. Additionally this morning's proceedings have been preceded by a ruling that Apple's request for sanctions against Samsung will be denied.

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Samsung evidence dismissed in droves in Apple case

Samsung evidence dismissed in droves in Apple case

From 2001: A Space Odyssey to "Sony Style Designs", Samsung is having some fairly bad luck, it seems, with finding designs that Apple may have been inspired by for their iPhone and iPad devices. This is all part of a court case going on in the United States in which Samsung is being accused of creating devices that are so similar to Apple's products that they feel they've been robbed, so to speak. The case centers around patent infringement, prior art, and the idea that one company may be inspired by another without "copying" them without mercy.

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