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Judge Nixes Samsung's Request to Ban Apple Devices in Japan
March 1, 2013
Apple won a victory over Samsung in a Japanese district court Thursday that will allow it to continue to sell iPads and iPhones in that country. Samsung tried to block the sale of the Apple devices in Japan because it said they stepped on some data transfer patents that the company owned.
Cook Cheers Investors While Saying Very Little
February 28, 2013
CEO Tim Cook presided over Apple's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, where he fielded questions about a lawsuit filed by activist investor David Einhorn. In his complaint, Einhorn demanded that Apple unbundle scheduled votes that he claimed would require shareholders to consider separate matters in one ballot. Cook called the lawsuit "silly," but the judge ruled in favor of Einhorn.
Apple Offers Cash and Vouchers to Calm Irate Parents, Settle Suit
February 27, 2013
Apple has proposed a settlement of a lawsuit stemming from children making purchases within iOS applications without their parents' permission. The settlement, expected to be approved by a federal judge Friday, could cost Apple tens of millions of dollars. The class action litigation was filed in April 2011 in a federal district court in California.
Apple Stock Split Rumors Fly as Shareholder Meeting Looms
February 27, 2013
Apple's Cupertino headquarters will be open for investors Wednesday as the company holds its annual shareholder meeting, an event that has attracted more than its share of hype thanks to two big questions: What's coming next from the tech giant, and what it will do with its $137 billion cash pile?
Einhorn Wins a Legal Skirmish but Still Could Lose the War
February 25, 2013
A U.S. federal judge ruled in favor of hedge fund manager David Einhorn Friday, forcing Apple to remove a bundled proposal that was supposed to be voted on at this week's annual shareholder meeting. Einhorn began pushing back against the company's proposed charter earlier this month when he filed a lawsuit claiming that Apple's bundled votes would ask shareholders to consider separate matters in one ballot.
Einhorn to Apple: Time to Pay the Piper
February 22, 2013
Hedge fund manager and rogue Apple investor David Einhorn hosted a conference call for shareholders Thursday as he continued his campaign to steer more cash from the company's balance sheet toward investors. Einhorn, a manager at Greenlight Capital, used the call as part of his broader strategy to pressure Apple to issue a stockholder dividend rather than let the company's $137 billion lay idle.
Apple's Cook: We're Not Done Innovating Yet
February 13, 2013
Despite a stock drop, a lawsuit from a hedge fund manager and questions about future products, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the audience at a Goldman Sachs technology conference Tuesday that innovation remains "deeply embedded" in the company's culture, and that it has "never been stronger."
Hedge Fund Magnate Takes Apple to Court
February 8, 2013
Apple's cash hoarding has always annoyed some of its investors, but Thursday one of them decided to bet on a unique solution. David Einhorn, a hedge fund operator with a history of staunch support for Apple, filed a lawsuit against the company in an attempt to block its board from giving away its power to issue preferred stock.
Dutch Court: Apple Can't Corner the Rounded-Corner Market
January 16, 2013
A Dutch court ruled this week that Samsung's Galaxy tablets do not infringe on certain Apple design patents relating to the iPad. Apple alleged that Samsung copied the rounded edges of its iPad to create the design on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 7.7. The Apple case hinged on the principle of Community Design, an intellectual property right in the European Union.
Man Bites Dog: China Fines Apple for Copyright Infringement
December 28, 2012
A Chinese court fined Apple 1 million yuan, or roughly $160,000, because its App Store hosted third-party applications that were peddling pirated e-books. The ruling stems from a suit brought by a group of Chinese authors earlier this year. The group originally was seeking 10 million yuan.
USPTO Hits Apple Where It Hurts
December 20, 2012
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday rejected all 21 claims in Apple's "pinch-to-zoom" patent in a preliminary ruling after an ex parte re-examination of the patent. The USPTO ruling is a significant blow to Apple, as the patent was among those found to have been infringed by Samsung in a case that went to trial this summer.
Apple Scores With ITC but It May Be a Lose-Lose Game
December 19, 2012
The International Trade Commission on Tuesday ruled that Apple has not violated Google's Motorola Mobility patent for a touchscreen sensor. ITC judge Thomas Pender said the patent was invalid. The touchscreen sensor patent came before Pender this summer, when Google asserted three other Motorola patents against Apple.
Samsung Shows Signs of Softening in Smartphone Tug of War
December 18, 2012
Samsung said Tuesday that it will drop its pursuit of injunctions against the sale of some Apple products in Europe. Samsung wants to compete "fairly in the marketplace, rather than in the court," according to its official statement, but the move is an odd twist in the ongoing legal saga between the two consumer electronics giants.
MobileMedia Patent Loss Unlikely to Ding Apple Much
December 14, 2012
Apple has lost a patent infringement case that was brought by MobileMedia Ideas. The company alleged that Apple misappropriated its technology for mobile devices -- and the federal jury that heard the case agreed. MobileMedia Ideas -- a patent licensing firm owned by Nokia, Sony and MPEG LA -- has a portfolio of hundreds of patents.
Apple, E-Book Publishers Bow to EC in Pricing Flap
December 14, 2012
Apple and four international publishers will be scrapping some controversial agency agreements and excluding some dubious clauses in future agreements over the next five years, under a decision adopted Thursday by the European Commission. The publishers have also agreed to give retailers conditional freedom to discount e-books.
USPTO Strikes Blow to Apple's Prized Multitouch Patent
December 10, 2012
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has preliminarily invalidated 20 of the claims in the so-called "Steve Jobs" patent, the second such blow dealt to Apple's IP portfolio in recent months. The Jobs moniker refers to the Apple founder's listing as the chief inventor. The patent protects the technology used in the touchscreen interface on Apple's iOS devices.
Samsung vs. Apple: Why Samsung Wins a Pyrrhic Victory
December 10, 2012
Last week was defined largely by two interesting stories. One had Apple bringing some manufacturing back to the U.S., and the other revolved around the outcome of the latest trial between Apple and Samsung. It shows you how hard it is to read a judge, though. I thought Judge Lucy Koh would likely raise the award from $1.05 Samsung and Apple appear to be in a dance to the death.
Judge Pleads for Peace as Apple, Samsung Hairpulling Resumes
December 7, 2012
Judge Lucy Koh on Thursday heard another round of quibbling between Apple and Samsung lawyers. Calling for some sort of "global peace," she reportedly asked both sides if there was any endpoint coming in their slugfest over patent issues. Koh presided earlier this year over the high-profile, often bitter trial between the giants.
Apple, HTC Swap Licenses to Settle Patent Case
November 13, 2012
Apple and HTC agreed to a settlement this week, shelving their years-long patent battle and agreeing to a 10-year licensing agreement. The mobile device makers have been engaged in courtroom battles over patents since 2010, when Apple accused HTC of copying certain features of the iPhone. HTC fought back, claiming Apple had infringed on several of its own wireless patents.
China's Piracy Hotbed Image Is Western Illusion, Says Official
November 12, 2012
Western media's reporting distorts China's image, making it appear less willing to fight copyright piracy than it actually is, China's top intellectual property official said Sunday during the country's Communist Party Congress. China has for years been regarded as a hotbed for intellectual property theft. In April, for instance, the U.S. put China atop its annual list of piracy offenders.
Apple Loses FaceTime Patent Quibble
November 7, 2012
Apple infringed four VirnetX patents, found a federal jury in the Eastern District of Texas. The technologies in question are used in Apple's FaceTime software, which is available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, as well as Mac computers. VirnetX was awarded $368.2 million as part of the verdict.
Apple, EU Settle on E-Books, Amazon Picks Up Marbles
November 7, 2012
The European Commission reportedly has decided to accept an e-book pricing settlement that includes Apple and four publishers -- Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette and Macmillan's parent company, Holtzbrinck. The ruling, which has not yet been confirmed by the EC, is a win for Amazon and its quest to sell e-books more cheaply than its competitors.
Court Orders Apple to Revise Cheeky Apology
November 2, 2012
The British court that ordered Apple to post a statement declaring that Samsung didn't infringe on its designs isn't happy with the way the order was carried out. Apple posted a statement to its UK website, but it was apparently not what the three-judge appeals panel had in mind.
Apple Rubber Band Patent Bounced by USPTO
October 24, 2012
Apple's patent on rubber banding -- the bounce-back scrolling behavior that played a role in its victory over Samsung in a lawsuit earlier this year -- has been rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rubber banding, also known as "scroll bounce," causes the image on a screen to bounce when it reaches its top or side limits.
UK Judges Order Apple to Set the Record Straight
October 19, 2012
A three-judge panel has rebuffed an attempt by Apple to overturn a UK court's decision favoring Samsung. Britain's Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that found Samsung's Galaxy tablet did not copy tablet designs registered by Apple in the UK. The court also sustained the lower court's mandate that Apple inform the public that Samsung's tablet does not infringe Apple's registered designs.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 Pulled Out of the Fry Pan, iPhone 5 Tossed Into the Fire
October 2, 2012
The California federal judge who issued a preliminary injunction in June against U.S. sales of a Samsung tablet has lifted the ban. Judge Lucy Koh had originally found the Galaxy Tab 10.1 likely violated a design patent held by Apple, but a jury found in August that it did not.
ITC Unmoved by Samsung's Beefs Over Apple
September 17, 2012
Samsung's legal battle against Apple took another hit Friday after a preliminary decision from the International Trade Commission preliminary ruled Apple did not infringe on four of Samsung's patents. Samsung filed its original complaint regarding five mobile device patents about a year ago, asking that Apple products violating five of Samsung's patents be removed from shelves in the US.
German Court Ruling Sheds Doubt on Motorola Patents' Worth
September 14, 2012
A regional court in Munich has ruled that Google-owned Motorola Mobility infringed an Apple patent related to touchscreen technology. The court placed a preliminary injunction on devices that use the patent-infringing tech, including the Motorola Milestone XT720, the Motorola Defy, the Motorola Atrix and the Motorola Xoom.
Law and Disorder: Where Are the Tech Peers?
September 13, 2012
Well it's been a stressful few days here in the Linux blogosphere, what with the ruckus going on over in the bordering Apple territories. For such a small strip of land, you'd never think such a din could emanate from there, and all over a rectangle with rounded corners -- however "creative" and "innovative" it might be.
When iPhone 5 Lands, Samsung's Ready to Pounce
September 12, 2012
The long-awaited unveiling of the iPhone 5 may not be the only Apple news in circulation. Also expected to make headlines Wednesday will be the news that Samsung is filing suit against Apple in Europe and the United States for infringing on several patents it holds relating to LTE. Samsung reportedly has decided to take immediate legal action.
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