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.
Patent reform could well be on its way. Last week the US House passed the "Innovation Act", a bill that would make it harder to win overly broad patents and force claimants to present more detailed evidence when suing for infringement. That bill awaits the Senate. This week, it was revealed that former Google top patent lawyer Michelle Lee is to lead the US Patent and Trademark Office starting in about a month.
There are a massive number of Apple vs Samsung and Samsung vs Apple court cases going on in the world today, and more still having appeared in the recent past. What we're seeing this week is a single South Korean case ending with Apple winning over Samsung, the Galaxy smartphone maker not able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the iPhone maker violated a number of technology patents. This ruling took place in a Seoul Central District Court and showed that at least three Samsung patents were not violated.
The patent war between Samsung and Apple has been long and, to whatever extent possible, bloody, with both sides seeing some victories and defeat. Ultimately, Samsung has suffered some major financial blows, and now Apple wants to add upon that burden, filing a motion to have the Korean company take on some of its legal fees -- to the tune of $15.7 million.
A new verdict has been reached in the Apple vs Samsung case, a verdict which has awarded the former with $290 million in damages vs the latter. This is the latest in the ongoing battle between Apple and Samsung over patent issues surrounding devices such as the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S. Earlier last year we saw the first verdict in this case, one that awarded Apple more than 1 billion dollars in damages against Samsung. NOTE: The current adjusted total damages for Samsung ends up being approximately $888 million USD.
A ruling has been passed down today by an appeals court which says U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh must spend more time considering evidence offered by Apple in arguments that certain Samsung devices should be banned from sale. In this ruling, the appeals court currently working on the case agreed unanimously that Koh "made errors" in her denial of Apple's request for a court injunction against 26 Samsung products.
Samsung and LG have been bitter rivals in multiple markets within the technology world for a long time. One place where the companies have fought in the business world and in the courtroom is in the display technology market. Samsung Display and LG Display have announced that they are ending their patent war in courts.
When it comes to patents, it seems there is always one big tech company suing another, claiming violation and damages over the use of technology that is in some way infringing. One such recent lawsuit came from Nokia over rival HTC, which filed a patent suit against the company claiming some of its smartphones and tablets were infringing, something a preliminary ruling has agreed with.
The case seems to be going Microsoft's way as a federal jury in Seattle ordered Motorola to pay Microsoft $14.5 million in damages for breach of contract. This is the latest development in an on-going spat between the two companies involving the licensing of patents owned by Motorola and used by Microsoft in a number of its products.
In what is probably the most interesting patent lawsuit we've seen in a while. Boston University is suing Apple over claims that the company is infringing on a patent that the university obtained in 1997 dealing with a method of making thin and compact semiconductors that can produce blue lasers on the cheap.