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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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Samsung finds itself on the wrong end of the Apple trial with spilled evidence

Samsung finds itself on the wrong end of the Apple trial with spilled evidence

Earlier today it was revealed that evidence Samsung spilled to the press in their trial against Apple regarding supposed Sony pre-cursors to the iPhone was not supposed to be seen. Federal Judge Lucy Koh had previously blocked said evidence from the trial altogether, and both Apple and the judge have since earlier today come down on Samsung demanding an explanation for Samsung releasing documents to news outlets. Samsung is now on the hot-seat speaking on why they found transmitting these documents to the public "entirely consistent with this Court's statements" - these statements saying that, "workings of litigation must be open to public view."

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Samsung opening statement calls iPhone “inspiring product to everyone”

Samsung opening statement calls iPhone “inspiring product to everyone”

In the continuing epic battle that is Apple vs Samsung in the USA version of their collection of court cases going on around the world, Samsung has opened with statements that attempt to make it clear that they admire the iPhone. Along with this admiration, Samsung's lawyer Charlie Verhoeven has attempted to make it clear that being inspired by a product is something that everyone does, and that this process is called competition, no copying. Samsung pushed for detailed comparisons between Samsung and Apple devices, showing rounded corners, startup sequences, and home screen configurations as well.

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Apple suggests Samsung will use “Devil made me do it” defense

Apple suggests Samsung will use “Devil made me do it” defense

In the second half of Apple's opening statement in the United States-based court case that's having the computer giant face off against rival company Samsung, Apple's lead attorney Harold McElhinny suggested he knew what Samsung would be bringing to the table. One of the main items Samsung will speak about, McElhinny suggested this morning, is that Apple's design patents represent the only way to make functional products. He noted, "I think of this as the 'Devil made me do it defense'", according to Ina Fried of AllThingsD sitting in on the case.

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Apple opening remarks vs Samsung “easier to copy than to innovate”

Apple opening remarks vs Samsung “easier to copy than to innovate”

This morning Apple has made its opening statement in a landmark case vs Samsung which will result, more than likely, in the exchanging of billions of dollars in damages for patent infringement on the part of one or both of them in the mobile device realm. Apple's opening remarks come with what we've seen several times before, including such remarks as, "we all know it’s easier to copy than to innovate," from Apple lead attorney Harold McElhinny. Samsung's opening statements will come later in the day while Apple has had the first hour and a half.

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HTC removes patent in ITC case against Apple

HTC removes patent in ITC case against Apple

Here’s a quick refresher on HTC’s legal battle against Apple: the company’s launch of the One X and EVO 4G LTE in the United States was stalled briefly thanks to an import ban handed down by the ITC after the handsets were found to infringe on one of Apple’s patents. Now, in a second case involving the ITC, HTC has had to remove a crucial patent, bringing its total claims down from 8 to 2.

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Apple sued for Siri tech by Taiwan University

Apple sued for Siri tech by Taiwan University

It appears that Apple is not safe from the continual downpour of patent cases as this week the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan is readied and filed an infringement case against Apple's use of Siri on the iPhone and iPad. The patents in question here have to do with speech recognition which the plaintiffs suggest was filed by them in 2005 as a "Method and system for matching speech data." This patent is available under patent number 7,707,032 in the United States.

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Key witness in Apple-Samsung trial won’t testify

Key witness in Apple-Samsung trial won’t testify

The trial between Apple and Samsung, which is kicking off today, will apparently be moving forward without a key witness that could have helped Samsung's case quite a bit. All Things Digital reports that Shin Nishibori no longer works at Apple and has said that he will not be appearing in court to testify, despite being subpoenaed. According to a letter sent to Judge Lucy Koh (which was penned by Nishibori's lawyer), Mr. Nishibori is currently in Hawaii trying to "recover from several health issues," and claims that the subpoena was not properly issued under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Therefore, he will be staying where he is and won't be attending the courtroom tussle between Apple and Samsung.

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Apple request to transfer patent suit involving Kodak denied by court

Apple request to transfer patent suit involving Kodak denied by court

Kodak was forced to file bankruptcy after it has been unable to compete in the changing photography market. The company's big move to pull itself out of bankruptcy and reorganize into something profitable has been to sell off two large patent portfolios. The problem for Kodak is that one of the patents in the portfolio was recently invalidated in court. Apple is also been seeking to transfer a patent suit between it and Kodak out of bankruptcy court and into a New York District Court.

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