As usual, Apple thought Friday night on a holiday weekend was the perfect time to push some more paper through in its ongoing patent lawsuit against Samsung. According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, after Samsung asked to add the latest iPads, iPhones and iPod touches to its list of claims and the court approved the addition of the iPhone 5, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10.1, Apple is trying to put six more devices on the list. Listed in the motion are the Galaxy S III running Android Jelly Bean (but not Jelly Bean itself), Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Rugby Pro and Galaxy S III mini. As usual, the case will proceed, we’ll wait to hear if these requests are approved by the court and in the meantime, iThings and Galaxys alike will continue to fly off the shelves. Given the season, for now it’s time to be thankful we’re not one of the lawyers spending their day working on this. That leaves us plenty of time for more interesting activities, like hand-to-hand combat against fellow shoppers for the right to purchase slightly discounted items.
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VOTE NOW for your favorite smartphone: www.phonedog.com Verizon CFO Fran Shammo hinted during the Verizon Q2 2012 earnings call that the next iPhone could be coming Q4 of this year. This isn’t too surprising since we’ve been expecting the next iPhone to launch sometime around the end of the year, but at least we have some more official confirmation of that. In other Apple news, the company has suffered some losses in the European courts. A German judge ruled that the Motorola XOOM does not infringe on the iPad’s design and a UK judge has ordered Apple to publish a notice both online and in multiple British newspapers and magazines stating that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab does not copy the iPad’s design. This could be a wake-up call for Apple. All of this news and more is discussed in this week’s episode of The Dog Pound. Carriers said to be testing nano-SIMs to prep for new iPhone, Verizon CFO hints at possible Q4 debut www.phonedog.com ____________________________________________ Motorola XOOM doesn’t infringe on Apple iPad design, German court rules www.phonedog.com Apple must post notice of ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab doesn’t copy iPad, UK judge says www.phonedog.com ____________________________________________ AT&T Mobile Share data plans due to arrive in late August www.phonedog.com ____________________________________________ HTC EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G to begin receiving Android 4.0 updates “by early August” www.phonedog.com Nexus S Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update now …Related Posts:
Last time we checked in with Apple’s ongoing court battle with Samsung in the upcoming Galaxy Nexus case, which will be tried by the same court that awarded Apple $ 1.05 billion in damages this past summer, Apple was adding the latest Samsung devices to the suit. Now Samsung has responded in kind, adding the iPad mini, 4th generation iPad and 5th generation iPod touch to the mix.
Samsung’s additions shouldn’t come as a surprise; when a judge ruled that Apple was indeed allowed to add Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as it pertains to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, as well as the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy S III to the proceedings, he specifically warned that in granting that alteration, Apple should be prepared for return amendments from Samsung. Specifically, he said that the iPad mini and latest iPad were likely additions. The end of this week, November 23, is the deadline for any new additions to the lawsuit, so the timing on Samsung’s part is not surprising.
Samsung had also previously moved to have the iPhone 5 added to the filing, and that motion was successful. This time around, the basis for adding Apple’s latest devices is the same: Samsung claims they infringe two UMTS wireless patents in the cellular variants, as well as patents related to features both cellular and Wi-Fi versions of Apple’s newest tablets and media player. The patent which affects the iPod touch specifically deals with volume control mechanisms on a portable media playing device.
The deadline for amendments to filings in this case is tomorrow, so theoretically we could still Apple try to sneak in a return shot. But even if nothing else changes in the line-up of devices being tried, this trial isn’t set to be decided until 2014, so there’s still a while to wait before any outcome is forthcoming.Related Posts:
Apple is hoping to add Samsung’s latest tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to a list of product it claims infringe its patents in an existing court case in California, Bloomberg reports. The arguments supporting these additions were made in federal court in San Jose today, and follow Samsung’s expressed intent to add the iPhone 5 its own infringement claims in the same proceedings.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is Samsung’s latest self-branded tablet, though the manufacturer has been tapped to provide hardware for Google’s Nexus 10 slate as well. The Jelly Been update is the version of Google’s Android OS that powers the Note, thus its inclusion in this suit, which is slated currently for a 2014 trial date.
Obviously we’re not looking at a draw down situation here, as both sides in the case seem eager to make sure device lists are updated to include the latest from each side. Apple won a preliminary order in this case blocking the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the U.S., and added the Galaxy S III to the list of products it says are infringing its IP in August. In October, Judge Lucy Koh rescinded a previous injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, an earlier 10-inch tablet from Samsung, in a separate proceeding in the same court.
For any action resulting from these proceedings to have teeth, they really need to apply to current products, and given that the trial date isn’t for over a year yet, expect to see more devices named by both parties in the interim as additional hardware is released.Related Posts:
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LG Electronics has found itself at the center of quite a few patent lawsuits in recent years (both as a plaintiff and defendant), and it’s now kicked yet another one off. As Bloomberg reports, LG has today filed suit against Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology, alleging that the Toshiba / Samsung joint venture violated a number of patents related to DVD+RW and DVD-RAM technology. In the complaint, LG further alleges that TSST is knowingly infringing on the patents as they were previously licensed to Toshiba itself (and TSST as an affiliate company) as part of a deal that expired in 2010. LG is asking for a jury trial to sort things out, and demanding that TSSC pay “no less than a reasonable royalty” along with some unspecified damages. You can find the complaint in full at the link below.
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After much sound and fury in its legal proceedings for IP infringement against Google, Oracle’s claims continue to be whittled away. Judge Alsup has been on Oracle’s case to downgrade its damages claims for months now, and on Friday, he got yet another reason to do so. Ellison’s crew has finally withdrawn the last remaining claim of patent number 6,192,476 from the litigation — the very same patent that had 17 of 21 claims wiped out earlier during a USPTO re-examination proceeding. Additionally, Google has filed a motion to strike Oracle’s third damages report for, once again, artificially inflating the monetary damages in its expert report. No one can say for sure how the judge will rule on that motion, but given that Oracle’s got less IP than ever with which to allege infringement, it seems likely that the Court will send it back to the damages drawing board.
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