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Judge Koh Gets Stern in Samsung v Apple Case

February 22nd, 2013

Judge Lucy Koh is probably the most famous Judge in San Jose now, after being the unlucky judge presiding over the Apple vs Samsumg case in the US.

She has already had to sit through one case which has now gone to appeal, and despite telling both companies their actions and intentions are not only bad for each company but bad for the industry in general, they just keep on going.

The trial that took place last year is scheduled to be heard in the appeal court in 2014, with new cases between the two companies growing every day.

Judge Koh has asked both Samsung and Apple to stick to 25 patents and 25 products that the two companies feel are their best cases and they feel have been the most damaging. Samsung are claiming that Apple have infringed their patents with all of the iOS line up including the iPad and the iPhones, and Apple claim that Samsung have infringed their patents with the Galaxy Note line up of products.

Judge Koh has simply said that both companies need to “streamline” their arguments to what they feel is their best case, and after the two companies have been fighting for what seems like years they should know the answer, instead of both companies arguing over every little thing to see what sticks.

Next year will see some more decisions, but hopefully in the meantime Apple and Samsung can play nice. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

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Judge May Delay Decisions in US Apple/Samsung Lawsuit

February 17th, 2013

Judge Lucy Koh is the infamous Judge now looking over the Samsung v Apple patent case in the US and is finally trying to bring everything between the two companies to a conclusion.

Judge Koh has famously previously stated that she wants to bring the two sides to a conclusion for the good of the technology, the overall market, and the consumers, who are frankly fed up of the two companies suing and counter-suing and appealing against every decision made.

There are currently two cases in Judge Koh’s courts in the US both relating to patent infringements by Samsung, who Apple believed have copied their registered patents and included them in the designs of the Samsung Galaxy phone and tablet line up. Though the two cases were originally filed separately she has asked both parties if the two cases can be looked at together, as the two have now come into overlap because of the appeals being filed. Samsung are of the opinion they look at both together, Apple are of the opinion they are tried separately.

The delay in the decision will come if the two cases are bought into one. Currently the two cases are scheduled for September 2013 and March 2014, with Apple (unsuccessfully) seeking a sales ban on the affected Samsung devices until the case can be heard.

Hopefully decisions will be reached in the other countries across the globe that is seeing this trial and 2015 will bring around a completely different year for the two companies… maybe…

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Samsung Hasn’t Infringed iPad Patents – or at least they haven’t in the Netherlands

January 17th, 2013

This court case is ongoing across the globe and is strangely seeing different results in different countries, all mounting to people’s interpretation of the patents themselves.

The Netherlands court in The Hague have found that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9 and 7.7 have not infringed patents held by Apple which relate to the “round corners” design of the tablets.

The court has ruled that Apple does not have the hold over a rectangular shape with rounded corners and are not the only people who can produce tablets of this shape. They have found many earlier references to these design features in numerous examples before the launch of the iPad.

The UK court also ruled this way in October last year, deciding that Samsung had not infringed on Apple’s patents for the rounded rectangle and the company were forced to publish a public apology to Samsung for any bad feeling they may have received whilst the two companies were involved in the dispute.

In other countries this battle is getting messier and messier with the two companies constantly fighting their patents. When will it end? We’d like to know. Answers on a postcard please.

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Apple and Samsung Case Under Scrutiny Again in the US

December 23rd, 2012

This time it isn’t the “rounded rectangle” patent that is under question!

Samsung and Apple are now re-looking at the patent concerned with the “pinch to zoom” functionality that is present in 21 Samsung devices currently on the market. Though this has been previously dealt with and settled in court the case is now being looked at by Judge Koh who is taking everything into consideration as both companies are asking for sales bans on devices that infringe each others patents. Apple now have an opportunity to appeal the decision as part of ongoing proceedings.

Of course, the Samsung and Apple battle is getting messy in the US, and the two companies don’t look like they will be reaching a resolution any time soon. The case has currently resulted in Samsung being ordered to pay $1bn to Apple in damages, however this is under appeal now and is the reason why Samsung are appealing the case and the results.

And it goes on…

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Judge Revisits Case in Apple vs Samsung in the US

December 7th, 2012

Judge Koh in the Apple vs Samsung case in the US has been asked to review the case which previously decided that Samsung needed to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages.

Samsung were ruled to have copied patents that Apple own, relating to 8 devices in the US including both the Samsung Galaxy phones and range of tablets. Samsung were told to pay Apple damages of $1.05 billion (which is yet to be paid). Of course Samsung called for an appeal on the case and this is now seeing it back in the courts for Judge Koh to oversee.

The two companies are continuing to bring more evidence to the table as they both see the case expanding on both sides. Samsung have also accused a member of the jury in the original case of misconduct, stating that they would like a retrial. And Apple also want the case looked at again as they would like to see the 8 devices that were said to have broke the Apple patents banned from sale within the US.

Judge Koh who is now looking at the case again is urging both of the companies to come to a resolution. There are cases like this between the two companies going on across the globe and Koh has said it is in the interests of both the consumers and the industry for Apple and Samsung to reach a conclusion over this.

I agree. I would love to see the end of the patent arguments and let both companies move onwards and forwards. Unfortunately, I don’t think that will happen. I think world peace (not peace between Apple and Samsung) is likely to happen first.

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iPad Mini and 4th Generation iPad are Added to Patent Infringement Case from Samsung

November 23rd, 2012

The ongoing patent wars between Samsung and Apple take another turn this week as both of the companies look to add other more recent devices to their cases.

Some of the cases across the globe have already been bought before a judge, some are taking their time to be decided upon, some have had cases registered with the courts for longer than you can care to remember! But this latest fight sees Samsung successfully adding the iPhone 5 to their complaints against Apple, and now they are going after the 4th Generation iPad, the New iPad Mini and the iPod Touch. As the earlier generation models of these devices are already in the case it is likely that this will be successful and these will be added to the ongoing trials.

If course, Apple have already countered with their fight back and have successfully added the new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet to their fight, along with the Android operating system Jelly Bean 4.1 , both of which will hurt Samsung even more if any sales ban is imposed on these products.

Reports suggest we will be waiting a good while for a result on this one, perhaps even into Summer next year.


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Apple Lose UK Appeal Against Samsung

October 18th, 2012

Apple have lost their appeal against the UK High Court ruling that Samsung haven’t infringed any of their patent designs.

The court originally made their ruling and decision that Samsung hadn’t infringed any of the patents and that Apple must make a public apology in the media – both print and on Apple’s UK website – stating that Samsung haven’t infringed any of their designs. This addition to the ruling was to eliminate any potential bad press that Samsung may have received throughout the ongoing court battles the companies have been tied in to. Of course, Apple appealed the original decision and asked the High Court to uphold a sales ban on the Galaxy Tab until the court case had been concluded.

The conclusion this week reaffirms the original decision by the Judge of the High Court, stating that the two devices couldn’t be mixed up because the Galaxy Tab wasn’t as “cool” as the Samsung tablet. Samsung produced a lot of evidence to show that the conceptual design of a “tablet with rounded corners” wasn’t originally developed by Apple and this conceptual art had been around for a long time before the designs of the iPad.

At elast the battle is now over in one country between the two tech companies, though I’m sure there is plenty more to come.

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Apple Cut Display Orders to Samsung

September 26th, 2012

The Korean Times are reporting that Apple have cut their orders of the LCD panels (liquid crystal display) for their iPad and iPhone range from Samsung Display. Is this as a knock on effect from the ongoing patent arguments between the two companies?

Samsung do manufacture a majority of the components inside the Apple Mobile lineup, with the display screens and some of the internal chips and leads coming from the company. The two sides of the company have always stayed separate and Samsung as the supplier to Apple have stayed out of the ongoing patent arguments, however it looks like following this news that Apple are starting to slow down their supplier/customer relationship.

The latest court case between the companies has had a knock on effect across the world and has made major news headlines. This is bound to have had an effect on the end consumers and their opinion of which device they are going to buy, which is why the judge of the case asked for an official public apology to be made.

This case is cropping up across the world where each of the patents lie and we have seen the results of the case vary. We will all be in the picture more once the appeal is seen out in December of this year, but in the meantime, LG are onto a winner as the displays are reportedly being purchased from them.

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English Court Decides Galaxy Tab Can Stay On Sale

July 10th, 2012

What a blow for apple. Just as they look set to get injunctions on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across the world England and Wales throw a spanner in the works for them.

The High Court of England and Wales yesterday ruled that the Samsung Galaxy Tab doesn’t infringe on Apple’s design patents, that the Galaxy Tab is recognisably different to the Apple iPad, and that the Galaxy Tab can therefore remain on sale. The case was against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 7.7 (I bet you didn’t know there had been so many different models!)

The Court referred to approximately 50 images of tablet devices pre the Apple iPad and picked similarities from all of these examples, some dating back to 2004 and before. The design of the rear of the tablet was also picked up on as this is an area where Samsung have clearly separated their Galaxy Tab from the iPad by setting design features into the back of the unit.

Apple have been fighting with Samsung over this matter for years all across the world, not only for Samsung copying and infringing design patents for the actual device but also the packaging of the units. Therefore, I don’t think it will be long until Apple appeal the decision.

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Apple lose sales ban against Samsung in Australia

December 9th, 2011

Apple’s appeal against the Federal Court in Australia has been overturned, ruling that from today the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can go on sale in the country. After trying to sell the device over in Australia for a matter of months now, this surely must be welcome news to Samsung who have seen resistance from Apple in nearly every country.

Once Apple had launched their appeal against the initial drop of the ban last week, Samsung chief execs had again stated that more and more hold ups for their device may mean that they stopped their plans to take the tablet to those countries all together. This news will be a great relief to Samsung, who in starting presales for the device today will hopefully be able to still pick up on some Christmas sales. With tablets expected to hit the shelves late next week they will be in time for the last week of pre-Christmas sales, and the all-important January sales period, should the devices be discounted slightly?

How will this decision fair against all other countries where Apple and Samsung are fighting? It remains to be seen. Each argument in each country is for slightly different reasons and slightly different ruling accompanying each court case. However this ruling may have an impact on other sales bans currently in place.

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