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.
It’s a story that can now be told, but given how secretive Apple is about its ‘devil’ and ‘details’, one has to factor in the timing in context of the Apple – Samsung patent war that is still simmering on. We are talking about Apple’s senior software engineer Greg Christie and his recap on how the iPhone came about.
Overstock.com is a website that sells all sorts of items for the home and other categories. It’s rather like Amazon, but on a smaller scale. The last time we talked about the company was when it started taking payments for items in bitcoin in January of this year. Overstock is back in the news now after defeating a pair of patent trolls.
Apple and Samsung have been battling on court for years over the design of their smartphones among other things. Apple won a major victory over Samsung in court a few years ago when Apple was awarded damages in excess of $1 billion when the court found that Samsung had infringed Apple patents. Apple sought an injunction on the infringing devices.
There are a number of patent trolls out there that hold patents they do nothing with and only want to use them to squeeze money out of licensees. IPCom is one of those companies and it has been handed a loss in a patent infringement case that it was fighting against Apple in Germany. Courts also dismissed a suit IPCom had against HTC.
This week a seemingly run of the mill bit of patent litigation has lit up the Apple analyst boards as the company's A7 chip has been placed at the center of a rather public trial. It's not the idea that the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation could be on the winning side of this battle with Apple that's sparking chatter, but the possibilities inside proceedings that might be of major interest. It's during the defense itself that Apple "will likely be forced to reveal proprietary details about its A7 chip", says PFHub, details Apple certainly isn't going to want to be showing off to just anyone.
In yet another one of its multiple concurrent lawsuits against HTC, Nokia has proudly announced another favorable verdict in Germany, this time from the Mannheim Regional Court. The lawsuit revolves yet another Nokia patent that HTC has now been ruled to have infringed regarding how devices adapt to different network versions.
Amid years of court battles, the likes of which have been public in a big way, Apple and Samsung have apparently agreed to begin talks of patent agreements. This chat would be a continuation of agreements made on patents on both sides of the rail, suggesting both companies would like to settle their massive sets of matters out of court. This could be the end of the epic years-long battle between the companies on mobile matters worldwide.