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Some good news and some bad news
In the never ending patent battle between Apple and Samsung, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has handed down some good news and some bad news for both sides. According to the folks in high places, Samsung is indeed guilty of infringing certain, specific design patents in a previous (remember, this case is a couple of years old, now) version of Apple’s iPhone – a win for Apple. However, those same folks also decreed that Samsung wasn’t wholly copying the overall look and feel of the iPhone, instead creating an overwhelmingly original design.
This means exactly what it sounds like – Samsung will still owe Apple some money for those infringing design patents, but it’ll owe less – and likely considerably less – than before. Truthfully, this seems like a decent compromise. Apple’s claim that Samsung copied the overall look and feel of the iPhone years ago, an accusation which many claimed ridiculous. Many opponents to Apple’s accusation claim that Apple doesn’t own the concept of a rounded rectangle with a big screen in the middle of it, and today’s decision validates those doubts.
Source: The Verge
Bad news for Samsung
Some bad news for Samsung in the courts today, as the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has delivered a ruling siding with Apple in the ongoing court case over Samsung’s use of Apple patents. The ruling, which vacates Judge Lucy Koh’s earlier ruling on the subject, will allow Apple to argue which Samsung products have violated Apple patents. Following Apple’s arguments, the courts will then decide on whether or not banning the products in question have legal standing, and if so, an import ban will be placed.
Things are looking good for Apple in the case, as the courts today determined that Apple no longer has to prove that the patents were the sole reason behind the success of the Samsung products in question, but rather argue that there just exists “some connection between the patented feature and demand for Samsung’s products” – which, lets face it, doesn’t sound too difficult for Apple to argue.
As usual, we’ll keep you updated on the latest in the Apple v. Samsung case.
Source: The Verge
Well, that was fast – merely days after Google pulled their flagship Galaxy Nexus Android phone from the Google Play marketplace after a US District Court judge placed an injunction barring the device from being sold in the United States, its now back on the market. According to Google, this is after Android 4.1 “Jellybean” was modified to remove the offending code.
Google is currently selling the HSPA+ (supporting both AT&T and T-Mobile to varying degrees) version of the phone for $349, with LTE versions being offered directly from Verizon and Sprint themselves. Shipping times are currently estimated at 1-2 weeks.
Hope you got your Galaxy Nexus order in, if you were in the market for one – Google has today pulled their flagship Android phone, which just received the Android 4.1 update, from the virtual shelves of their Google Play marketplace. The reasons behind this, of course, is because the US district courts have decided to place an injunction on the device, barring it from being legally sold in the United States.
Never fear, however! Google has told ABC News that the phone should be back on the market “sometime next week”, complete with a software fix that removes the offending code from Android 4.1. So don’t worry, would be fans of the galaxy, you’ll be able to get your fix soon enough.
Those who watch the tech news with a keen eye probably know by now that various companies (coughApplecough) are engaged in various bitter wars in the courts, each company seemingly trying to stop another company from putting similar products on a marketplace filled with copies, lookalikes, and clones.
Today there’s been further news on one such battle – just a week or so ago, a US District Court imposed a sales ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, and today US District Judge Lucy Koh denied Samsung’s request to reverse the decision. Samsung has already commented on today’s news, saying:
Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision that denied our motion to stay. We believe today’s ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior technological features to consumers in the United States.
An Apple spokesperson has also officially commented, telling Reuters:
This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.
Samsung is, of course, planning on appealing today’s decision and hopes to get the Galaxy Tab 10. back on US store shelves as soon as possible.