Earlier this week, Samsung made a somewhat surprising announcement that it will stop its legal actions against Apple in European countries including Germany UK, France, Italy and the Netherlands, which were all based on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) patents.
According to various rumors the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) wants to build a new 3.2-million-square-foot factory so that it can take over ARM chip production for Apple. The move would lessen Apple’s dependence on Samsung.
Apparently Apple has unexpectedly unveiled a new iPhone model a lot earlier than anticipated. Dubbed the iPhone 5C – and not iPhone 5S – the handset targets primarily college-aged girls that tend to shatter the display of the device in various scenarios.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is reexamining another Apple patent – the third one by our count – and this time around we’re looking at the “pinch to zoom” patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,844,915), a weapon that was successfully used by the iPhone maker in its first U.S. case against Samsung.
When patents are involved, Google and Apple are willing to work together.
Apple has obtained another victory against Google-owned Motorola, as an ITC judge found in a preliminary ruling that the iPhone maker is not violating a Motorola proximity sensor patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,246,862).
As you may have already expected if you follow tech trends, Samsung has passed Nokia (who is still chugging along) as the top cell phone manufacturer for 2012.
There’s been an interesting development in the long running legal battle between Apple and Samsung. As of today, Samsung has dropped its request for European injunctions against Apple, claiming that it cares more about consumer choice.
The courtroom drama between Apple and Samsung continues. Apple was denied injunctions against the Samsung devices found infringing, while Samsung wasn’t able to get the initial verdict overthrown on grounds of misconduct.
Samsung sees its global tablet market share rise to 18.1%, while Apple’s share plummets to 52.9%.