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    As if Samsung had enough to tamp down with the Galaxy Note 7 recall, we now hear of trade secret subterfuge from within the chaebol's ranks. According to a report from Korean broadcaster SBS, one executive Lee was arrested by police, warranted for accusations of stealing and selling documents about some advanced semiconductor technologies to Chinese firms. Those papers related to details about the 14nm technology being used in the Exynos 8890 and a 10nm die being used for the processor that's to be in the Galaxy S8 — perhaps the Exynos 8895. Samsung is suing Lee while the investigation ...

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    One of the first lawsuits in the Galaxy Note 7 recall saga was filed on Friday. Jonathan Strobel of Florida alleges that endured wounds as a result of his phone's battery exploding while shopping at a Palm Beach Gardens Costco on September 9, a week after a voluntary recall was issued, but a week before a government-sanctioned recall followed. It was on Thursday that the Consumer Product Safety Commission officially recalled about 1 million devices. Strobel's lawyer Keith Pierro claimed that his client was severely burned on his thigh and his left thumb in an attempt to distance himself ...

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    The Eastern Texas District Court in Tyler, one infamous for its plentiful decisions in favor of large patent holding firms, has put another verdict in the win column for a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp. A federal jury ruled that Apple has to pay the company $22.1 million for willfully infringing upon a patent related to cellular networks. Infinite Loop, the jury felt, failed to invalidate the patent concerned in its arguments. A finding of willful infringement allows the judge to increase the awarded damages to as much as triple the ruling. Acacia's patent portfolio comes from a bevy ...

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    The Federal Trade Commission has lost a fight over mobile data throttling against AT&T. This two-year-old case stemmed over the FTC's accusation that the carrier needed to inform the commission before slowing down the data speeds of customers using excessive amounts of it on a grandfathered unlimited plan. The agency said that such deceptive practices are prohibited under the Federal Trade Commission Act. The Ninth Circuit court of appeals, however, ordered a lower court to dismiss the lawsuit. AT&T's argument for throttling was that the Act allowed common carriers to do so. The ...

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    "The iPhones are not fit for the purpose of use as smartphones because of the touchscreen defect." It's a sentence that could be shortened by Apple's critics, but it's also a sentence found in full in a class action lawsuit filed at US District Court in San Francisco. Three individuals from California, Delaware and Pennsylvania are seeking unspecified damages from Apple. The plaintiffs allege fraud and transgressions of California consumer protection laws for refusing to service iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices free of charge for a problem dubbed "Touch Disease." The problem, which ...

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    VirnetX will have to face Apple in court twice again. Yes, twice. A judge from Eastern Texas District Court overturned a ruling in a patent infringement case that would have resulted in Apple paying VirnetX $626.5 million in damages because the trial was a conflation of two lawsuits. Instructions and information to jurors kept referring to the findings of the jury looking over the earlier of the two cases which sided against Apple. The patents at issue regarded security measures found in FaceTime and iMessage. The two cases will get two retrials, the first of which to start on September ...

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    Apple is making its case to the eight-member Supreme Court of the United States that Samsung should pay its legally obligated dues to Infinite Loop for patent infringement. The Korean manufacturer took the case to the highest court in the nation to overturn damages related to the design of the phone hardware and the home user interface. Apple's legal brief claims that Samsung's case has not produce new evidence to base design patent damages "on anything less than the value of an entire smartphone," according to a Reuters report. In February, the US Patent and Trademark Office invalidated ...

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    If it’s legal war Huawei wants, that’s exactly what the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer will get from the industry’s overall ruler, which we know to never back down in a court of law, whether it’s fighting Apple, Nvidia or Ericsson a while ago. Oftentimes, being right or wrong, as well as having grounds to sue and countersue, are mostly irrelevant, with companies like Samsung instead focused on making headlines and/or forcing the other guys to settle and ultimately enter cross-licensing agreements. No way to tell if that’s going to be the case here, or how long it ...

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    The AppleCare+ warranty extension program looks pretty sweet and straightforward at first glance. For an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, it covers two accidental damage incidents up to two years from your original purchase date, and it only costs $130 upfront, as well as $100 for each major repair. Repair isn’t exactly the right word, since Cupertino will replace your broken 6s or 6s Plus with a brand-new unit under the terms of this agreement. Or any other iDevice, for that reason, with varying fees. Meanwhile, standard AppleCare warranties merely have your backs for 12 months, and offer no ...

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    Another loss for Apple and another court day spent successfully for a patent holding company. Network-1 Technologies subsidiary Mirror World Technologies has agreed to settle with Apple for $25 million in exchange for the use of nine patents and five pending applications regarding "unified search, indexing, displaying and archiving of documents in the computer system." The settlement was made out of district court in Tyler, Texas. The main patent in question described a file directory system. It was filed in 1999 by a Yale professor who then created his own company and pursued Apple for ...

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    Back in 2014, T-Mobile claimed in court that Huawei stole some trade secrets about its phone testing robot Tappy. How? By trying to sneak into the Un-carrier's Bellvue, Washington, headquarters to take pictures of said robot, named Tappy. Since then, Huawei has made its own testing aid and T-Mobile wanted to call legal foul on its play. Fast forward two years and now Huawei is going after T-Mobile on the same grounds that it did against Samsung. Little Magenta has for the past two years been using 14 4G patents it refuses to license from Huawei, at least so the Chinese manufacturer claims. ...

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    After many years of drawn-out, highly publicized legal battles between tech companies as diverse and influential as Apple, Samsung, Google, Oracle, Microsoft, Huawei and HTC, the patent wars seemed to slowly blow over lately. But that’s not stopping semiconductor giant Qualcomm from filing a complaint against a smaller, on-the-rise smartphone manufacturer in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. China-based Meizu, which is on the verge of a long overdue US expansion, will have to fend off accusations of “unlawfully” using QCM technologies without a proper license. Sounds serious, ...

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    Broadband internet will remain a utility that the Federal Communications Commission can easily and strictly regulate, so ruled two judges to one in a federal appeals court. The decision tossed out petitions from AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other telecom companies challenging the courts' earlier agreement with the FCC's declaration. "We have always expected this issue to be decided by the Supreme Court, and we look forward to participating in that appeal," said David McAtee II, AT&T's senior executive vice president, also acting as general counsel for the company. Internet service ...

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    The same Justice Department that was able to snare through a couple of iPhones' encryption is siding with Samsung on a years-long patent suit that's about to be taken up by the Supreme Court. The department has penned an amicus brief on behalf of the chaebol and against Apple, calling for a new trial. "We welcome the overwhelming support for overturning the ruling in favor of Apple, including [...] the US government," a Samsung spokesperson said. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment on the brief. The original award to Apple of $930 million has been pecked away at since it was ...

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    If you haven't had your fill of patent lawsuits last week, check out what the California Institute of Technology is filing against One Infinite Loop. Caltech hit Apple with the suit on Thursday for infringing upon its Wi-Fi patents. The university is alleging that its intellectual property was crucial to the 802.11n and 802.11ac standards and that every iPhone from the iPhone 5. Apple's Wi-Fi chip supplier, Broadcom, is actually the main plaintiff in the suit, but since Apple commands about 14 percent of its business, Caltech believes Cupertino is fair game. The Wi-Fi chips aren't the ...

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    Huawei's suing Samsung in the US and China and the other is considering suing back. The Chinese manufacturer is looking at patents involving 4G technology, user interface and OS being infringed. It's not uncommon to see suits filed in order to force the target company to the table for licensing negotiations or get certain terms in those negotiations. Sources to The Korea Herald have said that Huawei wants a cross-licensing deal with Samsung for a some of the chaebol's 4G patents — it owns 954 of them, more than any other entity. "Huawei has some security issues in entering the US ...

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    "I sue you, too." It's a not terribly encouraging development in the case of Huawei's legal action against Samsung on patent licensing fees, though we're probably doing the translation injustice here. The head of the chaebol's intellectual property division reacted to the rival manufacturer's suits in China and the US. "We will take countermeasures, including a lawsuit," Ahn Seong-ho said as interpreted by The Korea Herald. Huawei alleges that Samsung used its 4G technology as well as user interface and launcher software without paying the company its dues. Source: Korea Herald Via: ...

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    What's said to be billions of dollars will not go to Oracle because of today's federal jury ruling. All ten members of the panel agreed that Google's appropriation of 37 Java APIs in its development of Android fell under the "fair use" clause of copyright law. Shortly after the verdict, Google stated that: Today's verdict that Android makes fair use of Java APIs represents a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming community, and for software developers who rely on open and free programming languages to build innovative consumer products. Oracle looks to appeal. Oracle's ...

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    It looks like activity tracker pioneer and wearable market leader Fitbit has much more important things to worry about than declining profits and prospectively stagnating sales, as a class action lawsuit filed a few months ago may end up greatly harming the company’s reputation. We’re probably way past the silently settling phase too, with a lot of fingers pointed at the Charge HR, Surge and Blaze for erratically and imprecisely monitoring heart rate information which can “pose a danger to not only the clinical population, but those population of individuals who may not know that ...

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    It's unusual to see a Chinese firm sue other companies for stealing their unique designs — partly because those other companies copy each other at rapid pace that you can't really tell who came up with what in the first place. It's mostly due to loose regulations in the country guiding intellectual property. But it's Huawei suing Korean manufacturer Samsung in both the US and China with claims that the chaebol hasn't been paying up for patents covering 4G technology, operating systems and user interfaces. Shenzhen is still willing to negotiate licensing terms if the chaebol comes to the ...

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    Java is running hot between Oracle and Google as does the retrial over whether the latter's parent company, Alphabet, should pay licensing fees for the development platform or legally claim fair use and owe nothing. Oracle's co-CEO Safra Catz testified in San Francisco district court that Google's decision to open up Android for manufacturers to develop meant a severe drop in its Java API licensing revenues. Pre-Android era, Samsung paid $40 million per agreement to Oracle — it paid $1 million after Android came along. Oracle cut down its license fee by 97.5 percent to persuade Amazon to ...

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    Another patent holding company is going for the jugulars of three wireless giants, one of them being in Cupertino. Voip-Pal.com Inc. has filed suit against Apple, AT&T and Verizon and is looking to get cumulative damages of $7 billion after the company said it could not negotiate licensing terms with the defendants for its patents. In the case with Apple, Voip-Pal asserts infringement claims against iMessage and the Wi-Fi Calling features. The two patents in question pertain to classifying communication participants and the routing of the communications between certain classes of ...

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    Sometimes, it's better to drop your hand than keep a finger pointed, especially when there are bigger fights to struggle through. Just recently, Microsoft has buried the hatchet with Google when it came to poor practices tattling. Microsoft and Samsung also had a patent spat settled. Now, NVIDIA and Samsung are coming to terms over licensing for a few patents related to each company's graphics technologies. This came right in front of the US International Trade Commission's final ruling on claims that NVIDIA had infringed upon three of Samsung's patents. A ruling against NVIDIA could've ...

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    Another class action lawsuit to tell you about, this one against Motorola for recent allegations of failing to uphold support and repair services for smartphones and smartwatches guaranteed under warranty. The initial plaintiff, from Georgia, says he could not get the Lenovo-owned company to fix his first-generation Moto 360's cracked backplate for months and that when it did send a replacement unit, it had not the metal strap he originally ordered, but a cheaper leather strap. One of the law firms representing him and the class says "thousands of people" may be affected by Motorola's ...

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    You may have a beef against contracts because they don't reveal the real cost of what you're paying for each month. T-Mobile led the industry in cutting the contracts from cellular parlance. Now, some Floridians may come to sue T-Mobile for some truly obscure costs. The class action says that the carrier misrepresenting its "no contract" claim, making customers sign not only service contracts, but device payment contracts (on those equipment installment plans) and charging the entire balance of the contract — as opposed to continuing the monthly payments — if customers decide to end ...

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