Qualcomm has asked the ITC to block all imports of a number of iPhone and iPad models in the US, accusing Apple of infringing six of its patents relating to carrier aggregation and technologies that allow iPhones to save battery life.
The U.S. government has filed an application with the General Court of the European Union in an attempt to intervene in an ongoing tax avoidance case between Apple and the European Commission.
California has had a bill introduced into legislation that any smartphone built on or after January 1st 2017 and sold in California must be able to be decrypted by the manufacturer of that device, or the company that makes its operating system.
Apple has won a long-running patent case against Samsung, but we somehow doubt the infringing party will be too concerned, even though it has been ordered to cease selling devices that infringe upon Apple's patents in their current form.
Over the course of the weekend, Apple and Google reached a landmark deal that saw both parties agree to settle any patent disputes in a manner that wouldn't involve continued litigation, and now, it is being reported that Apple and Samsung are currently holding talks on a similar agreement.
After what seems like an eternity of constantly battling one another in a courtroom, Apple and Google have come to a mutual agreement that will see the two technology giants ending all current patent litigations against each another. In an effort to avoid an escalation of the situation, and to prevent any additional bad blood from developing between two of Silicon Valley's most important companies, Apple and Google are understood to have thrashed out a ceasefire that is mutually suitable to all involved.
Apple and Samsung are two of the mobile industry's biggest names, and as such, are the fiercest of rivals. But whereas competition is healthy in the ongoing battle for supremacy, the story of this particular pairing is marred by ill feeling and bad taste. If you've been following the goings-on of the digital world over the past couple of years, you'll know that these two have had their fair share of court battles and patent disputes, and in the latest, Apple is seeking damages over five specific iOS-related infringements. Thanks to a neat compilation, here's a concise look at what exactly has got the Cupertino's back up.
In the ongoing patent dispute between Apple and Samsung, it has now emerged that the Cupertino-based company has demanded, in front of a jury, that its Korean competitor stumps up the almighty sum of $40 per infringing device. The total, which Apple has arrived at by highlighting five separate patents per device (around $8 a pop), would equate to an eye-watering total sum, and even FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller - a guy that tends to see these matters from Apple's side - seems to think this is a step too far.
Apple has won yet another court ruling over Samsung in a hearing in the Northern District of California. Judge Lucy Koh, who has overseen much of the U.S.-based patent suits from both sides, has just dished out a ruling against the Korean company, declaring that Samsung has infringed upon patents pertaining to Apple's AutoComplete keyboard functionality.
Even after so many rounds of patent disputes in court, and many wins and losses, Samsung and Apple always manage to make the headline from time to time, one way or the other. Everyone involved in this dispute knows that things can't continue down that path all the time, which is why the CEOs of Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics have agreed to meet as part of a mediated session on February 19th.