After seeing the iPhone 5 included to the list of allegedly infringing Apple products last week, we’re now hearing about other new devices added to that list. Those are the new fourth-generation iPad, the latest iPod Touch and the iPad mini, so basically Apple now has to defend on its entire 2012 product line-up.
A few days ago we were somewhat surprised to hear that Apple and HTC decided to settle their squabble over patents out of courts, with both companies inking an undisclosed cross-licensing agreement that’s valid at least ten years.
The International Trade Commission will review an earlier decision by a judge that has ruled in favor of Apple in a patent infringement case filed by Samsung. If overturned, this could potentially mean that Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad may be banned from being sold within the United States.
Apple’s cross-licensing deal with Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has set a precedent. That is, while Apple has been serious in pursuing legal remedies against companies that infringe on its software and design patents, the Cupertino, CA company is actually willing to settle these disputes either for monetary compensation or through cross-licensing deals.
We are all familiar with Apple’s and Samsung’s legal battles. Today, some new progress emerges as both companies have been granted permission to include new products produced by the other party in their respective patent-based cases.
The war on Apple is a serious matter for Samsung, which is fighting the iPhone maker in a variety of patent-based battles in multiple markets.
This past weekend we were hit with an unexpected update in the Apple vs HTC legal battle, as the two parties announced they have settled out of court. Under the undisclosed terms of the settlement, Apple and HTC have signed a 10-year cross-licensing deal, with HTC rumored to pay the iPhone maker $6-8 per Android handset sold.
The dispute between Motorola and Microsoft about fair rates for essential patents reaches a Seattle courtroom today and we can expect the trial to reveal some juicy financial information about both companies after the judge rejected a request to keep evidence relating to licensing deals and sales projections under wraps.
While there are a lot of minor legal battles being fought hard by Apple and Samsung in their longstanding patent quarrel, the war as a whole seems to depend a lot on the outcome of the appeals following the August California verdict.
Google’s $12.5 billion Motorola purchase is yet to bring any positive results for the company. Not only isn’t Motorola profitable yet but we’re not to see any Motorola “Nexus” devices for quite a while