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Apple Breaks Legal Serve in Samsung's Home Court
December 13, 2013
A South Korean court has dismissed a lawsuit claiming Apple violated three Samsung short-messaging patents. It found that two of the patents allegedly violated were not unique leading-edge technology exclusive to Samsung, and that nothing in the third patent applied to technologies used by both companies. Samsung's patents cover the display of text messages and the grouping of messages on a phone.
Apple Patents In-Your-Face Technology
December 04, 2013
Facial recognition may be added to fingerprint scanning in Apple's device security repertoire. Apple has been using facial recognition for some time to manage images in its iPhoto app, but a patent awarded to the company on Tuesday combines that tech with facial detection to control a computing device. Apple's facial recognition system could be used to identify the authorized user of a device.
Jury Tips Toward Apple With $290M Samsung Penalty
November 22, 2013
Samsung Electronics must pay Apple $290 million in damages for infringing five of its patents, a federal jury in California decided on Thursday. The sum may not make a huge mark -- or even a moderate one -- on Samsung's balance sheet, but the verdict gives Apple one more victory against its rival as the two battle their way through courtrooms around the globe.
Apple, Samsung Whip Out Calculators in Patent Penalty Redux
November 15, 2013
Apple and Samsung are in U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh's court again, this time revisiting how much Samsung should pay Apple for violating five of its patents. Apple is seeking $379.8 million; Samsung wants to pay Apple $52.7 million. The proceedings became necessary after Koh set aside a portion of the original $1 billion-plus award because the jury erred in making its calculations.
Patent Win Could Give Apple a Courtroom Midas Touch
October 18, 2013
Apple appears to have been handed a potent weapon it can use as it battles in courtrooms around the world to assert its patent rights. Specifically, in a recent re-examination of a key multitouch patent held by Apple, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month upheld all 20 claims included in the patent, according to a filing spotted on Thursday.
Apple's Court-Appointed Watchdog May Not Have Much Bite
October 18, 2013
The federal district court judge who found Apple guilty of violating U.S. antitrust laws has appointed a watchdog to make sure it toes the legal line in its dealings with e-book publishers. Judge Denise Cote has appointed Michael Bromwich -- a high-profile Washington, D.C., attorney who focuses on internal investigations -- to supervise a court-ordered antitrust compliance training program.
Samsung in Hot Water for Leaking Apple Secrets
October 04, 2013
Samsung has been ordered to produce more evidence in a case that could end with it being penalized for exposing Apple's trade secrets. Samsung must produce communications and witnesses related to the dissemination of confidential Apple licensing agreements. Samsung executive Seungho Ahn used that information "to gain an unfair advantage in their negotiations with Nokia," said Judge Paul S. Grewal.
Apple Wins Some, Loses Some in E-Book Price-Fixing Case
August 28, 2013
Apple must hire an external monitor to ensure it does not engage in fixing the prices of e-books, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote said Tuesday. Cote had found Apple guilty of price-fixing in a trial that concluded last month. Cote's latest decision followed discussions over penalties between Apple and the Department of Justice, which had brought suit over the price-fixing.
Why Oslo Is Off-Limits to Apple's Aerial Photographers
August 22, 2013
Apple's taken plenty of flak for its mapping system, and some of it is well-deserved. After all, the maps have erroneously led drivers into the middle of nowhere and shown buildings that appear as though they're melting. Don't blame Apple if its images of Oslo, Norway, aren't crystal-clear, however. That one's not on Apple. Norway has denied Apple the license required to take aerial photos of Oslo.
Icahn vs. Apple: When Did Extortion Become Legal?
August 19, 2013
What Carl Icahn has been doing with Dell -- and now with Apple -- is kind of like a protection racket. These were popular in the 1920s -- you paid the crime syndicate a fee if you wanted to say in business. I'm wondering if Icahn has found a legal way to extort money from companies in trouble. Icahn not only doesn't provide value for the "help" he gives -- he actually drains the firm's resources.
Samsung Slapped With ITC Ban in Patent Merry-Go-Round
August 12, 2013
Almost a week after the Obama administration overturned a ban issued by the ITC against the import of certain Apple items, the ITC made a similar ruling -- this time, against Samsung. The commission on Friday banned the import of two older versions of the Galaxy smartphone and Galaxy tablet, agreeing with Apple's contention that those products infringed two of its patents.
Publishers to Court: Slap Apple, Sting Us
August 09, 2013
Five major publishers may be collateral damage in the antitrust spat between Apple and the Justice Department. In a court filing opposing the DoJ's proposal for relief in the case it won against Apple, the publishers contend that killing the agency model for selling e-books would punish them. Of course, that model is what got the publishers in hot water with the DoJ in the first place.
Russian Social Network Tycoon Offers Job to Snowden
August 06, 2013
Hot air, maybe. But it's Edward Snowden, so it's news. Pavel Durov, the 28-year-old Russian CEO of social network site VKontakte, has offered Snowden a job as a security software developer. VKontakte is akin to Facebook and has 100 million active users, mostly from Eastern Europe. Last week, Russia granted Snowden, who had been holed up in a Moscow airport, temporary asylum.
11th Hour Veto Saves Older iPhones, iPads From ITC Ban
August 05, 2013
The Obama administration has overturned a decision by the International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain older Apple products after it found that they infringed on certain Samsung patents. The administration made the announcement on Saturday, one day before the ban was set to take effect. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman supplied several reasons for vetoing the import ban.
Apple Could Pay Staggering Price for E-Book Shenanigans
August 02, 2013
The U.S. Justice Department and 33 states' attorneys general have proposed remedies against Apple for its conviction on e-book price-fixing that could dry up a large portion of the company's revenue stream while benefiting Amazon and, possibly, Google. The proposed final judgment seeks to have Apple terminate contracts with the five codefendant publishers in the case.
Apple Hit With 2 Shameful Allegations
July 29, 2013
Pegatron, which is reportedly making a new, less-costly plastic iPhone, has become the latest Apple supplier to be accused of labor violations, in a report published by China Labor Watch on Monday. Pegatron has denied the allegations, and both it and Apple have announced they will investigate the claims. "CLW has uncovered myriad violations," maintained CLW Executive Director Li Qiang.
Tech Industry Closes Ranks Behind Apple as ITC Ban Looms
July 29, 2013
The Business Software Alliance reportedly is pushing to overturn the U.S. International Trade Commission's ban against older iPhones and iPads, maintaining that it would set a dangerous precedent. When the ITC makes a decision to ban a particular product for import into the U.S., it is fast and usually final. That, after all, is what companies like about the ITC.
Apple's E-Book Story Still Largely Unwrit
July 12, 2013
A federal court's ruling that Apple violated antitrust laws when it worked with the publishing industry to manipulate the price of e-books probably won't benefit consumers much. "I don't think we're going to see prices come down immediately as a result of this," said Yasha Heidari, managing partner at the Heidari Power Law Group. "What I do think you will see is some bona fide competition."
Apple Hit Upside the Head by E-Book Ruling
July 10, 2013
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Apple had violated antitrust laws by conspiring with several publishers to raise e-book prices. "The result is a victory for millions of consumers who choose to read books electronically," exulted Bill Baer, head of the DoJ's antitrust division. Apple has vowed to appeal, but it's widely expected that 33 states will seek damages in light of this ruling.
Apple Forfeits Claim to the 'App Store' Name
July 10, 2013
Apple has ended its lawsuit against Amazon over the right to use the "app store" name. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton dismissed the case at Apple's request, heading off a trial that was scheduled to begin in August. Apple has been selling apps for its iOS devices via its iTunes App Store since July 2008. Apple alleged that Amazon's use of the "appstore" name violated its trademark.

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