It seems that Apple might be seriously mulling over backtracking on its anti-stylus stance, at least in theory. But the Cupertino-based tech company isn't just going for a run of the mill nib but is envisioning an input device that sounds like a dream come true, or even too good to be true.
Apple wants $40 per Samsung phone for the South Korean company's use of the five contentious patents at the heart of the ongoing litigation between the firms, according to newly filed paperwork. The figure, which comes from a transcript outlining Apple's damages theories from a hearing on January 23rd, comes after Apple argues that reasonable and rational negotiations - in short, had Samsung conceded that it needed to license the technology in the first place - would have led it to value each of the patents at $8 apiece on average.
If you still have a home phone line and use an answering machine, one of the things that you probably commonly do is listen in on voice mails as people leave them. That is one of the upsides to a home phone since you can hear what someone has to say and choose to pick up or get back with them later.
Apple and Samsung are headed back to court next month, after attempts at negotiating a settlement over ongoing patent infringement disputes in the US failed. The two firms had been pushed into mediation by court order, with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung mobile communications CEO J.K. Shin meeting for a full day of negotiations in February, along with legal teams and other advisors. However, despite numerous follow-ups, "the mediator's settlement proposal to the parties was unsuccessful" the jointly-filed report confirms.
Samsung has countersued Dyson, accusing the British vacuum cleaner company of having "negatively affected" its brand reputation after it sued the Korean firm back in 2013 over patent infringement. Dyson brought its suit in August in the UK, describing Samsung's 2013 Motion Sync cleaner as a "cynical rip-off" of a patent it itself was granted back in 2009, but later voluntarily dropped the case after discovering prior art. However, just being out of the legal headlamps isn't enough to satisfy Samsung, which is accusing its far smaller rival of damaging its good name.
Resolution talks between Apple and Samsung have reportedly broken down, with Korean media claiming clandestine discussions between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung co-CEO JK Shin failed to find any common ground for settlement. The negotiations, which the two firms agreed to at least attempt before returning to their courtroom sparring, had not been officially timetabled but Samsung and Apple had previously promised to try to agree before a February 19th deadline.
Adidas has accused Under Armour of wearable patent violation, filing a lawsuit in which it claims ten of its miCouch technologies have been infringed by its rival's health and fitness products. The suit, filed in Delaware earlier this month, sees Adidas claim that a former senior engineering manager who jumped ship to Under Armour used his "direct knowledge of Adidas' patent portfolio" to give the Armour39 an unfair edge.
Nokia and HTC have inked a patent agreement that will see all ongoing litigation between the companies cease, sharing technology in future and cutting off a potentially imminent sales ban on HTC smartphones. The deal sees HTC agreeing to pay for "a long standing" license of Nokia's patents, but is also said to "involve HTC's LTE patent portfolio", while both companies will "explore future technology collaboration opportunities."
Apple and Google may not agree on a lot of things, but when it comes to crazy patent suits both companies feel the same way: it's time for the rules to change and make it easier to fight back. Apple has joined Google's call for patent reform, particularly around whether it can demand attorneys' fees in cases each company wins. Currently, even if the patent claim is defeated, Google or Apple themselves must cover the cost of their lawyers.
Courts all around the country are deluged with patent infringement suits with many of them coming from the largest firms in the technology realm. Google is one of the companies that has been involved in more than a few patent infringement suits. Google has announced that it has entered into a new patent agreement.