While the Live Tiles feature in Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8 may be something new for PC and tablet users, it was actually introduced two years ago with the launch of Windows Phone 7, but a small operating system technology designing company by the name of SurfCast is just now suing Microsoft over the Live Tiles feature.
Apple and Samsung's patent battle continues to rage all around the world, with one company picking up wins here and another coming out on top there. Today, we can chalk one up for Apple, as a Tokyo court has declared that the iPhone is not infringing on a pair of Samsung-held patents. The Asahi Shimbun reported the news this weekend, saying that two different verdicts have been handed down - one in September, and one earlier this month.
The jury in the high-profile Apple-Samsung patent suit already award Apple a whopping $1.05 billion in damages, but now Apple is looking to have that amount bumped up a bit. In a motion filed Friday, the iPhone maker requested that Judge Lucy Koh make Samsung pay an additional $707 million in damages, which would bring the total amount Samsung has to pay Apple dangerously close to $2 billion. In its 43-page motion, Apple also requests a permanent sales ban on 26 Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Motorola just cannot catch a break when it comes to patent suits in Germany. Motorola has already come out as the loser in patent disputes against Microsoft and Apple, and today, Microsoft announced that it has once again secured victory. A German court has found that multiple devices made by Motorola are infringing on a Microsoft patent for technology that allows a keyboard to communicate with an app, and Microsoft asserts that this technology has been built into Android.
Samsung took a pretty big hit when it lost to Apple in their high-profile patent suit last month, with the jury ruling that Samsung has to hand over more than $1 billion for patent infringement. It wasn't all doom and gloom for Samsung, however, as the jury found that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 wasn't actually infringing on one of Apple's design patents. The Galaxy Tab 10.1, as many of you will remember, was hit with a preliminary injunction back in June, banning it from sale in the US, because the court said that it was likely infringing on Apple's '889 design patent.
While Apple and Samsung were going at it over here in the States, Apple was in the middle of another patent suit with Motorola across the Atlantic. Apple's patent suit against Motorola has been going back and forth for weeks now, but today FOSS Patents is reporting that the iPhone maker can chalk up another win. Multiple Motorola devices have been found to be infringing on the EP2126678 patent, which is the same as Apple's '381 patent in the United States. The patent, as some of you likely already know, is for the "rubber-banding" effect that occurs when users reach the end of a page - instead of having the page just stop scrolling when a user reaches the end, the page bounces back, indicating to users that they can scroll no further.
At the moment, Samsung and Apple are set to go before Judge Lucy Koh at the beginning of December for a preliminary injunction hearing. Apple wants an injunction against 8 Samsung devices that were found to be infringing on its patents, and if the company has its way, it could get that injunction before December 6. FOSS Patents reports that late last week, Apple requested that Judge Koh move the date of the injunction hearing up.
The USA legal case between Apple and Samsung has been amended to add several devices including the original Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, and Galaxy S III. This complaint does not yet include a request for a ban on these products, but does make it clear that Apple wishes to include them in the set of Samsung devices that Apple says infringes their patent rights. The full list also includes such devices as the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus, and Galaxy Player devices as well.
Today it appears that Samsung has been found free of any patent infringement in at least one part of their mobile device patent court case against Apple in Japan. There are several cases still being fought in matters relating to Apple and Samsung patents and design rights around the world, as it were, Japan only the most recent to release a partial verdict. This verdict has been reported by both Bloomberg and Reuters at this point, so we're expecting an official update within the next few hours as well.