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FOSS PATENTS: German court stays Samsung lawsuit against Apple over smiley input method patent

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I just attended an announcement at the Mannheim Regional Court. Judge Andreas Voss ("Voß" in German) ordered a stay of a Samsung lawsuit against Apple over doubts concerning the validity of a patent covering a particular method for entering smileys on a mobile phone. A nullity (invalidation) action against that patent is pending at the […]

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Digi Times: Will Apple soften its stance against Samsung after reaching peace deal with HTC?

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The announcement of a comprehensive settlement of patent lawsuits between Apple and HTC comes as a surprise to the smartphone industry, given Apple's previous hostile attitude against alleged patent violators. But it remains to be seen whether the settlement signals a softening of Apple's stance against the Android camp. HTC will certainly feel a relief […]

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[UPDATED] c|net: ITC sides with Apple in complaint against Samsung

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In an initial ruling, the U.S. International Trade Commission says Samsung infringed on Apple's intellectual property. An administrative law judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission has sided with Apple in its patent complaint against Samsung. In an initial determination filed today (PDF), judge Thomas Pender said that Samsung is, in fact violating one of […]

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FOSS PATENTS: U.S. Department of Justice investigating Samsung's use of standard-essential patents against Apple

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An Apple filing with the International Trade Commission, a U.S. government agency with quasi-judicial authority that can impose import bans on patent-infringing products, reveals another ongoing antitrust investigation concerning suspected abuse of FRAND-pledged standard-essential patents. Apple said this much in its statement on public interest considerations relevant to the investigation of Samsung's complaint. In that […]

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FOSS PATENTS: Japanese court rejects two of Samsung's patent infringement claims against Apple

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There are countries in which it's very difficult to monitor lawsuits. The United States is unique with PACER and other tools. In other places, such as Germany, one has to physically attend court hearings and announcements. And there are jurisdictions in which rulings may surface only with considerable delay if the parties involved don't speak […]

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Samsung leverages jury verdict and preliminary ITC ruling against Apple's FRAND theories

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We are now less than two months away from the big Apple v. Samsung post-trial hearing at which the parties will try to convince Judge Koh of their positions on what consequences the jury trial should have (or whether there should be a whole new trial, which is Samsung's preference). Besides issues relating to remedies […]

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Analysis of detailed version of preliminary ITC ruling on Samsung complaint against Apple

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A couple of days ago, the detailed version of the initial determination made by Administrative Law Judge E. James Gildea on Samsung's ITC complaint against Apple entered the public record. It spans 611 pages, not even counting the recommendations on remedies and bonding, and the attachments. Prior to the release of this document, only sparse […]

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The Korea Times: Samsung set to strike back against Apple

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Samsung Electronics is moving to fight back against Apple by strengthening its partnerships with American mobile carriers to develop new technologies to get away from the U.S. firm’s claims on design. The world’s biggest smartphone maker is in talks with major telecom carriers on Apple’s home-turf such as Verizon Wireless about modified designs in Samsung […]

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