It’s not very often that Apple and Google get sued for something, but that may well be happening in the next month. Instead of offering a service, patent troll ATC, who controls the patent for an off-site transcription system, is demanding that current users of the patent pay royalties.
More clues suggest that Google is gearing up to launch a refreshed version of the Nexus 7, that will supposedly feature 3G and 32GB of storage. With the iPad mini coming, Google pretty much has to make a move on the tablet front, if it wants to keep mindshare ahead of the crucial holiday season.
Samsung is still seeking other legal remedies to Apple’s $1 billion patent infringement win, among these trying to shoot down the jury’s decision because of juror misconduct. In a request to dismiss the verdict, Samsung says that jury foreman Velvin Hogan failed to disclose his bankruptcy filing in 1993, and the fact that he was sued by hard drive-maker Seagate, his former employer. Sounds far-fetched? Read on.
The Apple vs Android war is far from over – in fact we have updates on the various legal conflicts between Apple and the main Android device makers on a regular basis – but today we hear that Motorola/Google has decided to withdraw its second complaint against Apple that was recently filed with the International Trade Commission.
The longstanding legal war between Apple and Samsung has two main points of interest right now, but there are a number of small battles going on besides the big ones that we should keep a close eye on too.
Samsung has added Apple’s iPhone 5 to its current patent-infringement lawsuit which it has brought against the iPhone maker in the federal court in San Jose, California. According to Samsung, the iPhone 5 infringes two standards patents and six features patents.
The two companies, who are the first and second biggest smartphone makers in the world, are currently locked in a global legal battle with each one saying it is protecting its intellectual property, designs and innovations. Lawsuits, injunctions and product bans are being filed and requested in Europe, Asia and the USA.
In addition to the rumored Nexus-branded device(s) expected to hit stores this holiday season we have one more important mobile device that’s said to start selling this fall. Naturally, I’m talking about Apple’s unannounced iPad mini, a late arrival at the budget-friendly tablet business, but nevertheless an important player for that niche.
Google’s stock has risen again while Microsoft’s took a slight drop. Normally this wouldn’t be significant but this time it is because it has allowed Google to pass Microsoft as the second largest tech company in the world. Trailing only Apple now, Google has a long road to climb to catch up.
It’s been a while since we’ve wrote about the high-stakes legal clash between Apple and Samsung, but that doesn’t mean that the two tech giants are sitting idle. Now Samsung has finally won a small, but encouraging victory in this case.
It’s difficult for a company to accept blame for a crappy product or service. But it’s also a good PR move to do so, which can help everyone — the company itself, customers, and the media — move on and find a resolution to the issue. In this case, the problem is Maps on iOS 6. Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledges that the company has fallen short on quality, and suggested alternatives while they fix their mapping service.