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.
The next step in the Motorola v Apple patent wars has occurred. Motorola has filed a complaint with the ITC regarding 7 of its patents. Now, the ITC will determine if Motorola has a case. If so, this could spell the beginning of the end for iOS in the United States.
Again, Federal Judge Lucy Koh has denied Samsung’s request to have the sales ban on Galaxy Tab 10.1 lifted, even when earlier verdict concluded the tablet didn’t infringe on Apple’s design patent.
The long-drawn patent war that Apple is waging against Samsung in the United States may have come to a temporary end when the jury decided to side with the iPhone maker. While Samsung tries to fight the injustice of it all by filing for an appeal, another battle is being fought in Germany, although this one involves Apple and Motorola Mobility.
Steve Wozniak’s latest statements might raise a few eyebrows, especially to those that still thought he had remaining ties with Apple, a company that he helped build in the ‘70s. The Woz says that he “hates” the patent conflicts in the tech world. He also said “I don’t think the decision of California will hold. And I don’t agree with it – very small things I don’t really call that innovative.”
The US trial over patent infringement between Apple and Samsung was big news. Whether you feel Samsung deserved to lose or not, there’s little doubt that the verdict... had a big impact. However, any concerns that the long term perception of Samsung’s brand might be damaged can probably be swept aside according to a new poll from YouGov.
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