Samsung might get the chance to publicly shame Apple a bit after an unorthodox court ruling in the UK, but the longstanding patent war between the two still has Tim Cook’s tech giant in the lead. Sammy’s appeal over the $1 billion worth California verdict is still pending, but before hearing how that key battle will end, we’ve just got news of two much smaller battles lost by the Galaxy makers.
Apple apology to Samsung upheld in the UK, as iPad maker loses appeal
The Apple vs Samsung conflict continues today with an episode from Europe, the UK to be more precise. Some of you may recall that Samsung obtain a rather awkward win in a patent case in the country, as judge said the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was not as “cool” as the iPad, and therefore it did not infringe Apple’s design.
ITC delays ruling on ban of Samsung devices for one week
Those who are keeping track of the legal tussle between Samsung and Apple will not get their climactic ending just yet, as the International Trade Commission, the agency who has a say in stopping devices from being sold in the U.S. in the event of patent infringement, has once again postponed the result of its investigation.
A U.S. Court of Appeals has now overturned an injunction on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. According to the reversal ruling, Lucy Koh and the district court in California had abused its discretion when they granted the injunction in the first place.
Apple scores third ‘slide-to-unlock’ patent, now with more slide
Android users know that “slide-to-unlock” stands for two things in the smart mobile world we live in, a software utility made popular by Apple to unlock the display of the iPhone and then used by various Android device makers for the same purpose on their phones and a patented weapon in court for Apple to go after the same competitors.
Google’s use of mobile standard-essential patents subject of increased FTC scrutiny
In case you weren’t paying any attention to the mobile wars, these are not fought only stores, but also in courts where the main players in the game are suing and countersuing each other on various patent-related claims.
Motorola Germany pulls all of its current Android devices from the market
Looking to buy a new Motorola tablet or smartphone in Germany? Good luck with that. You can thank the Microsoft patent battles against Motorola for the lack of purchase options being offered. In order to comply with injunctions against it, Motorola made the decision to pull most of its current inventory.
Google and Apple spend more on patents than on R&D
In 2011 Google and Apple both spent more money on patents than they did on research and development. The result is stifling innovation instead of encouraging it and, as usual, we, the consumers, have to suffer the consequences in terms of higher prices and limited features.
Motorola scores minor win against Microsoft in German patent war, Microsoft still has the upper hand
Despite not being in the headlines as much as the Apple-Samsung legal brawl, the patent fight between Motorola and Microsoft has been very eventful lately. In fact, if we wouldn’t want to keep our objective perspective on all these legal accusations and trials, we might say that the Moto-Microsoft conflict has got a little out of hand.