Here goes another round in the never-ending saga of patents and judicial maneuvers. Presiding US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has just issued a ruling that denies Samsung a new trial for one of the patents used against it by Apple.
They say that the best defense is a good offense, but they also say don't pick a fight you cannot win. This seems to be the wisdom applied by Motorola when it decided to settle with Xoom Corporation instead of battling out a trademark infringement lawsuit involving the "Xoom" name.
Google just announced that it has added 79 more patents to its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge (or OPN, for Open Patent Non-assert) to help foster open source innovation. Although these currently cover only patents related to servers, future patents may include those that benefit consumer products such as Android.
A new chapter in the seemingly endless saga of lawsuits between Samsung and Apple might begin anew as the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) junked Apple's claim to the "pinch to zoom" patent. The patent is one of those brought by Apple in a lawsuit against Samsung last year, suggesting possible repercussions on the case.
Back in mid-May Apple was attempting to add the GALAXY S 4 to the ongoing patent suit with Samsung and it looks like a decision has recently been returned. In short, Apple is not permitted to add the GALAXY S 4 to the list of devices that are said to be infringing patents. The decision was returned by US Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal who happened to have some interesting comments on the topic.
We saw a bit more on the Samsung vs. Apple cases earlier in the month. At that time it was said that Samsung had infringed on Apple's text-selection patent, however as many realize, that is far from the final court related story for these two companies. More to the point for this latest mention though, this time around we are talking about the previously awarded $450.5 million in damages.
This week we've heard and reported a few details regarding a lawsuit from Nokia aimed right at HTC and their new flagship One smartphone. The word on the street was Nokia sued over some microphones in the One, and received an injunction against the smartphone. However, today HTC has confirmed that isn't accurate and their smartphone will continue to be available worldwide with no further delays.
It looks like the folks from HTC just can't catch a break, even with their new flagship smartphone. After announcing the HTC One with tons of attention and eager buyers it sadly faced a few small delays. Now however, it appears to be in more trouble after a court in the Netherlands has awarded Nokia a preliminary injunction on the handset over the microphone.
Could times truly be changing in regards to the patent and lawsuit game and situation we've seen in technology lately? Google's latest move and pledge at least makes us hopeful. The companies unofficial motto is "Don't be evil" and today that slogan lives on as they've announced their Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. So what is that?
A report has surfaced this evening regarding one of many lawsuits and legal spats that Microsoft is involved in, only this time regarding a patent used by Google Maps. So far the details are still flowing in but this interesting report and lawsuit could wind up having Maps banned in Germany at the hands of Microsoft.