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Apple opening statement says Samsung decided to go the easy way, copy the iPhone

by: Chris SmithJuly 31, 2012

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The U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial started yesterday with jury selection and was supposed to continue today with the opening statements for both giants. But before Apple opened up the proceedings with its initial arguments, a female juror asked to be dismissed, as her employer would not pay her salary over the period that she would be serving.

The juror in question was dismissed, and now the jury is made up from nine members, seven men and two women.

After the jury debacle, Apple’s counsel – led by Harold McElhinny, a partner at Morrison Foerster – explained the jurors why Apple brought suit against Samsung.

Using a [...]

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Samsung product chief likens Apple patent litigation to “fighting over rectangles”

by: J. Angelo RacomaJuly 31, 2012

It’s like “fighting over rectangles,” Samsung’s Chief Product Officer Kevin Packingham has said of the Apple vs. Samsung patent litigation. In an interview with Wired, the executive details Samsung’s frustration over the seemingly endless attack against their Galaxy line of Android smartphones and tablets, with some arguments bordering on the trivial.

Apple and Samsung have been biting at each other for alleged patent infringements, with lawsuits spanning ten countries on four continents. Apple initiated the offensive, as the Cupertino, CA company claims that Android (and companies running the platform) have “slavishly” copied [...]

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Apple vs Samsung jury selection completed in U.S. trial

by: Chris SmithJuly 31, 2012

The highly anticipated trial phase in the U.S. legal battle between Apple and Samsung started yesterday and we’re expecting it to last at least four weeks during which we’ll bring you all the important details of this fight between giants.

We have closely followed the Apple vs Samsung conflict, that spans across four continents – there are over 50 cases in 10 countries already – and we know that the U.S. trial is the most important one for both companies.

Jury Selection

Yesterday, the jury of the trial was selected, with Judge Lucy Koh interviewing 74 prospective jurors, among which one Apple and one Google employee were also [...]

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Apple, Samsung patent trial to start in the U.S. today

by: Chris SmithJuly 30, 2012

The Apple vs Samsung patent-based conflict has reached the trial phase in the USA. Starting today, the two giant companies will face each other off in a San Jose federal court in California, with the trial expected to last at least four weeks.

The companies will start the tedious process of jury selection today, and the 10 jurors that will hear the two parties make their cases over the following month will have to reach an unanimous decision for either company to win any of the patent claims in place.

Reuters reports that one of Samsung’s problems with this jury selection is the fact that all jurors are coming from Silicon Valley, a [...]

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Apple likely bought AuthenTec to thwart Samsung

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 28, 2012

It’s increasingly obvious that the smartphone industry has turned into a two horse race. Samsung and Apple sold over 75 million smartphones in the past quarter combined, and made an overwhelming majority of the profits in the industry.

From underdog to world-leader in just two years, Samsung managed to take everyone by surprise, including Apple I’d say. The Koreans have outsold Apple by an impressive 2:1 ratio in Q2 2012, and it’s clear that Tim Cook feels the heat, hence the global legal war between the two companies.

But the war takes other forms as well. This week, it was revealed that Apple has acquired AuthenTec , a company specializing in mobile [...]

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Best Buy says some Galaxy Tab 10.1 buyers thought they purchased iPads, returned the Android tablets

by: Chris SmithJuly 27, 2012

Things continue to look not-so-good for Samsung in its complicated patent-based lawsuit against Apple. The two giants are going to face each other off in courts starting with July 30 in the U.S. case, the most important one of for both companies – and they’re fighting it out in over 50 cases in 10 countries.

Earlier today, we heard that Google warned Samsung that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looked too much like the iPad, which is what Apple was able to get apparently from Samsung documents.

Now we hear that the iPhone and iPad maker scored other similar documents that reveal internal Samsung discussions regarding similarities between its [...]

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Apple says Google told Samsung that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looked too much like the iPad

by: Chris SmithJuly 27, 2012

The Apple vs Samsung patent-based U.S. case is set to start on July 30, but until then we already have various tidbits to show you from the cases each company will try to prove in court in this legal clash of the titans – and they surely have a complex relationship.

The two companies are fighting for market share and profits in the smartphone and tablet business, but they are also bound by a multi-billion dollar component supply partnership. Also important is the fact that they are facing each other off in more than 50 cases spread across 10 countries, and they’re all mobile-related.

Apple argues that Samsung Galaxy-branded [...]

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Apple won’t have to bare the shame of acknowledging that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad. For now

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 27, 2012

As you might now, Apple suffered a humiliating defeat in court a couple of weeks back, when British judge Colin Birss ruled that Samsung has not infringed on the design of the iPad with the Samsung Galaxy Tab (apparently, the Tab is “not as cool”). Moreover, it was later revealed that Apple suffered an even more crushing blow, although this one would only affect its vanity.

Apple has been ordered by the court to publicly acknowledge that Samsung did not copy the iPad, by posting a notice on its website (and keeping if for six months) and paying for a similar advertisement in several British publications.

In other words, Apple was forced to admit failure, in a [...]

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Galaxy S3 universal search coming back in new update, at least in some markets

by: Chris SmithJuly 26, 2012

In a move meant to prevent potential legal actions from Apple, Samsung updated U.S. Galaxy S3 versions to remove the universal search feature – an Apple patented tech, found to be infringed by the Galaxy Nexus by a judge in a case involving the two companies in the States.

After Sprint, AT&T and Verizon rolled out that firmware update that dumbed down the search feature on the Galaxy S3, allowing users only to access web-based results in their search results, Samsung rolled out the update to international users including Canadian and UK Galaxy S3 buyers.

But it looks like Samsung made a mistake dumbing down the search of its [...]

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What Samsung will try to prove in the U.S. patent case against Apple

by: Chris SmithJuly 26, 2012

It looks like the summer will be very hot when it comes to patent disputes, with the main attraction of this circus show being the Apple vs Samsung battle that’s just about to start in the U.S., the largest market for mobile devices, and hence, the most important one for both parties.

Just a few days ago we heard that Apple is asking for $2.525 billion in damages and royalties from the South Korean company, although it would rather choose injunctions against infringing products. The same company is willing to pay just half a cent to Samsung for the alleged 3G patent violations from iPhone and iPad models that make use of the wireless [...]

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