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.
Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has been helping to launch the Nexus 7 tablet in South Korea. He also met with Samsung and spoke out about the patent war with Apple.
Everyone wants a piece of Samsung these days, it seems. I’m not if it’s because of their skyrocketing status or just because everyone wants to copy Apple, but LG is the latest inhibitor to Samsung’s uncontrolled climb to Android dominance.
Fuhu, a tech company founded in 2008 and best known for creating the Nabi Tablet for children, is suing giant retailer Toys R Us for fraud, breach of contract, intellectual theft and a couple of other such goodies.
It should come as no surprise that Samsung was not too happy with the outcome of the patent infringement trial with Apple in California. The South Korean electronics giant has now filed court proceedings alleging juror misconduct and asking a federal judge to throw out the verdict.
Ludicrous as Apple’s claim to patents as generic as rounded corners may be, it does seem that not all courts of law are convinced that Apple owns everything. A German court has recently ruled in favor of Samsung and Motorola in Apple’s patent infringement lawsuit on the “touch event model.” In essence, the court agreed that Samsung and Motorola do not infringe on Apple’s patents on how the mobile operating system responds to — or ignores — single touch inputs by the user.
Unwired Planet has filed patent infringement claims against Google and Apple. Both companies are charged with infringing on ten patents, but is seems likely that more claims might follow.
It’s been a tough time lately for Samsung in the ongoing legal war against Apple, with the Android phone maker losing patent battle after battle. But while the losses have been painful, particularly the one from California in late August, the bigger picture is still not as gloomy for Sammy as some are trying to paint it.
In late August Samsung suffered a crushing defeat in its first U.S. trial against Apple. The jury in the case found that several Android handsets infringe up to 6 out of the 7 patents Apple brought into play, and decided to award the iPhone maker $1.05 billion in damages. Moreover, Samsung was found to have willfully infringed on those Apple patents.