The 5th District Court of Appeal of California ruled in favor of a driver who was fined for reading a map on his iPhone while behind a wheel. While the verdict is already somewhat surprising, the case itself has more turns than a long winding road.
Those advocating for the freedom to unlock their carrier provided devices might soon be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. The Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, H.R. 1123 has just passed voting in the House, but last minute changes almost caused it to fail.
In a rather strange turn of events, lawmakers across the country are now trying to put their weight behind the almost aborted kill switch solution to smartphone theft. This new push came after California lawmakers proposed making it mandatory for smartphones sold in the state of California only.
While the proposed kill switch feature has practically failed to be widely implemented, the state of California might be making a rather bold move that would, in effect, make it mandatory. If approved, the proposed law will require phone makers to include a software kill switch in any smartphone sold within the state starting January 1, 2015 or be fined $2,500 for each device sold.
Even while scheduled for a mediation session, Samsung and Apple have already notified the San Jose Federal courthouse of both parties' patents and products for inclusion in an upcoming trial. This third trial in the very same courthouse under the very same judge will cover 5 patents and 10 mobile devices on each side.
Nokia seems to be raking in legal points in Germany as it scored yet another patent win against HTC. This time, the patent in dispute is quite an essential one that lets devices be compatible even with older network technologies.
This week, a Federal Judge in Virginia ruled that Google must pay 1.36% of revenues to a company called Vringo. The heart of the suit pertains to patents held by Vringo, which once belonged to Lycos. If you don’t remember Lycos, they were one of the many terrible web portals Google helped to eradicate from the web.
Samsung has just earned a slight reprieve in one of its many legal scuffles with Apple. A judge has found Samsung without fault in allegations that it had used confidential licensing agreements between Apple and Nokia in order to gain an unfair advantage in Samsung's own dealings with Nokia.
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.
Apple and Samsung are set to revisit their landmark case, only this time it’s to settle things. We now learn, via Foss Patents, that Samsung may take issue with a provision that Apple has asked for previously. If true, it may mean Samsung would go down swinging.