After just a week, a federal jury from the Eastern District of Texas returned a guilty verdict against Google. It has determined that it had infringed on SimpleAir's patent and used it for Android's push notification services.
The war may be far from over, but HTC at least managed to win one legal battle. Despite suffering previous loses in German courts, HTC was just cleared of at least one patent lawsuit that Nokia brought against it.
Facebook has been sued in a California court by two users, claiming the popular social media platform reads private messages for targeted advertising. The suit alleges that Facebook scans private messages, then uses the info gained to serve up ads that highlight interests. Such actions would violate the Electronics Communications Privacy Act and some California privacy and unfair competition laws, the suit argues.
Though mobile device rivals Samsung and Apple are said to be trying to amicably resolve some issues between them, Apple is far from done harvesting the fruits of its legal triumphs. It has filed a request seeking to ban twenty Samsung models that the Korean manufacturer isn't even selling in the US anymore.
Nokia has won an injunction to halt the sale of all HTC Android devices in Germany. The issue surrounds a Nokia-held patent which relates to peer-to-peer sharing via NFC or Bluetooth. The two companies have been tussling for some time, with HTC obtaining stays to allow the sales of their devices to continue elsewhere, but there will be no help this time around.
Recent reports suggest Apple and Samsung may be trying to negotiate peace. Both companies have been discussing licensing deals, which would effectively end the current bout of animosity felt in courtrooms globally. With Apple continuing to stack wins, and governing bodies paying strict attention to the Korean OEM, Samsung might be feeling their back hit the wall.
Just in time to become a rather strange Christmas present, Google has filed a lawsuit against Rockstar, a company that has sued Google and its Android OEM partners over a variety of patents owned by the now bankrupt Nortel Networks. Aside from the legalese saying how its Nexus devices do not infringe on those patents, Google is calling out Rockstar for what it really is: a patent troll.
Taking a break from the usual Samsung versus Apple news you hear regularly, we turn our attention to yet another duo dishing it out in courts in Europe. While HTC won a very slight reprieve from getting its flagship banned in the UK, it failed to score a point in the German legal system, giving Nokia a chance to have its products banned once more.
In their ongoing efforts to prolong the inevitable, Samsung has requested a retrial of the retrial in their case versus Apple. That’s right, Samsung now wants the case heard again, claiming that — in part — Apple baited the jury to judge the case based on race. Judge Lucy Koh, the judge in the original trial, is hearing the appeal.
If you're not tired of it all yet, here's another segment of the legal tug of war between frenemies Samsung and Apple. The news this time hails all the way from Samsung's home town of South Korea. Unfortunately for Samsung, the victory is Apple's.