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.
Two new design patents could highlight the direction for future Samsung devices. While they’re very different from one another, they could highlight new directions in design, or simply more diversity from the top Android OEM. Whatever reason Samsung had for acquiring the patents, we’re hopeful they see the light of day sometime soon.
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.
If you think Google is the ‘good guy’ in their new lawsuit with the Rockstar consortium, Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents would like you to reconsider. He recently pointed out that Google has filed for a declaratory judgement, and their lawsuit is rife with double-talk and false innuendo. The search giant stops just shy of calling the Rockstar group patent trolls, but nonetheless eludes to those practices throughout their filing.
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.
Remember Rockstar? The firm that sued Google recently? They’re owned by a conglomerate of tech companies, most notably Apple, Blackberry and Microsoft. They snapped up a slew of patents after the Nortel implosion, eventually driving the cost up to $4.5 billion. Now they’re looking to unload some of those patents, but they’re not having much luck.
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.
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.
A bill has passed the House of Representatives today making it much more difficult for patent trolls to get away with filing frivolous suits. The Innovation Act, introduced by Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), is aimed at dissuading frivolous lawsuits being filed by penalizing those who attempt vague, often misleading patent suits. The bill passed by a vote of 325 to 91.
Longtime frenemies Samsung and Apple are back in court after a hiatus of several months. The new trial does not question Samsung's culpability in infringing on Apple's patents but instead revolves on how much Samsung really has to pay in damages.