When it comes to patent litigation, the exhaustive list of who’s suing who is tough to keep track of. That may change a bit, though, as two Supreme Court decisions put big roadblocks up for patent trolls. In putting a stop to vague or misleading patent holdings, the Supreme Court sets the stage for various battles to possibly end prematurely.
With all the patent litigation flying around, it’s reasonable to assume it will affect the price of a smartphone. If a case is lost or settled out of court, one or both sides typically have to pay a patent fee to the other company. That added cost is not blindly absorbed by the company, and a new document shows just how much we’re paying for patents when we buy a device.
Apple, who recently settled their ongoing dispute with Motorola and Google amicably, has no intent on following that up. Previous reports that suggested the Cupertino firm and Samsung would play nice has been found to be false, as Apple seeks a retrial of their latest spat with Samsung. They’re also seeking a ban of all Samsung devices that infringe on their patents.
The ongoing dispute between Oculus and ZeniMax is likely headed to court. ZeniMax, who just days after Oculus was acquired by Facebook claimed it infringed on their intellectual property, have officially sued Oculus. They note that their attempts to solve this amicably have failed, which leads them into litigation.
Patent trolling is a big issue right now, with various entities dedicated to litigiously making companies pay. Legislation has been introduced with the aim of bringing reason to the issue at hand, but lawmakers may have given up on it altogether. Unable to reach an agreement on how to proceed, it seems a solution is not forthcoming.
The newest in an incredibly vast collection of patents filed for and held by Apple is an update to a previously held patent for solar panels. These solar panels were previously filed for patent to include touch-friendly pieces of equipment, but not displays as such. In this update, Apple’s newest next-generation ware may very well be the solar-powered iPhone.
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.