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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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    "After an earlier run at settling this case failed, the court observed that some cases just need to be tried. This case apparently needs to be tried twice." That's what a US District Court judge in San Francisco said after settlement talks broke down between Oracle, the company that owns the Java API, and Google, which used JavaScript in building its Android operating system. The first trial, dating back to 2012, ended in a mistrial as a hung jury couldn't decide whether Google's fair use argument was valid. Oracle is looking for billions in royalties it thinks it was deprived of. Chief ...

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    There comes a time in any tech company’s existence that certain accusations must be faced in a court of law. Some hardware and software manufacturers are routinely sued over OS glitches, misleading storage claims or dubious third-party repair shop-rejecting policies. Others, of course, have to defend themselves against mountains of copyright infringement allegations and the occasional deceptive advertising tactic litigation. But perhaps the most common among makers of anything that uses a battery are physical injury disputes. Phones, tablets, laptops and even smartwatches have been known ...

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    Lately, the historical patent disputes between Apple and Samsung that once appeared endless and money-draining for both parties haven’t shown a lot of movement, possibly nearing their sensible conclusion. But that doesn’t mean either company is altogether free from legal woes. Cupertino won drew a battle against the FBI recently, dodging a court order mandating it to decrypt an iPhone 5c used by a San Bernardino assailant, but the war on privacy and terrorism is clearly far from over. Meanwhile, the most popular smartphone manufacturer in the world has to defend its marketing practices ...

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    From the beginning, the real problem of the whole Apple v. FBI case came down to decrypting an iPhone 5c that belonged to Syed Farook, one of the suspected shooters who killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The FBI and a magistrate judge ordered Apple to assist investigators in doing so. Apple has since been fighting against that order. Bullet point for bullet point, the rhetoric has flown fast between the two sides and the court of public opinion took its sways. But it could be that the underlying issue that triggered the potential question of ...

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    If the FBI is able to enforce a court order that would force Apple to assist in the decryption of an iPhone 5c that was in the hands of a mass shooter, the company's engineers would have several options to resist against having to work on the order. In fact, they could potentially leave Apple off the hook in complying with the agency. The New York Times has interviewed several current and former Apple employees involved in the development and engineering of products and security as well as former executives. These employees stand with not only CEO Tim Cook's insistence that the ...

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    As the US continues to mire in frequent mass shootings, we've seen mobile technology play its role, be it as a fulcrum for a larger legal issue or — in this case — the alleged trigger for a man to suddenly start shooting passersby. Jason Dalton, an alleged mass shooter, filed a federal civil rights suit against ride-hailing company Uber asking for $10 million in damages. He claims that the company "ripped him off," depriving him of back wages, overtime, bonuses and enjoyment of "corporate parties." Dalton alleges that the company discriminated against him based on his mental health ...

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    It's a day that ends in "y" and Apple just lost a patent suit, so that means it's court time again. Haptics technology company Immersion has filed suit against Apple and both AT&T and AT&T Mobility over what three patents it claims the defendants infringed. U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051 regards "Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects," No. 8,773,356 is on "Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations" and No. 8,659,571 concerns Immersion's "Interactivity Model for Shared Feedback on Mobile Devices" Immersion believes the following products infringed upon those patents: ...

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    Apple thinks it has won. It won't let Samsung believe otherwise nor will it see to the Supreme Court considering so. In a brief in opposition against Samsung's lawyers' request for a hearing in Washington, Apple believes that the district court ruling on design patent infringement and the resulting damages aren't worthy of a SCOTUS review. Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents says in his analysis that Cupertino is backing its opposition with a lot of merit-based arguments, — arguments such as Samsung using its appeal to get away with what the district court ruled as patent infringement or ...

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    The saga between VirnetX and Apple has been running since about the start of the decade. It's now come to a blow against Cupertino. The Arizona-based patent holding company has successfully argued that Apple infringed four of its patents concerning VPN and FaceTime interfaces. An attorney for VirnetX said that the award was "well-deserved" while an Apple representative said "cases like this simply reinforce the desperate need for patent reform." Apple requested for the judge to declare a mistrial because the company believed that laweyers for VirnetX had "blatantly [misrepresented] the ...

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    "Planned obsolescence" is a tired old phrase and a favorite of Apple critics when talking about how the company likes to get people to upgrade to shinier iPhones. The supposed menacing aspect of having Apple actively pull users up to newer devices or push down older device owners' experiences is what's troubling at least 100 people who are participating in a class action lawsuit against the Cupertino giant. Specifically, those holding the iPhone 4s are asking for at least $5 million in damages and fees plus admission of wrongdoing in ads and disclaimers because of extremely degraded ...

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    Apple wants a gift from Samsung. It's money. Okay, it wouldn't be a gift, it would be a favorable judgment in court. After a crucial Apple patent that was part of the basis of the company's legal entanglement with Samsung was invalidated, Samsung paid up more than half a billion dollars in damages it owed to Apple. Samsung, in lieu of a reversal of judgment against the company, is waiting to see if it can make its case in the Supreme Court. Consider this next move a hiking of the stakes as a damages expert has asked Northern California District Court to allow supplemental damages to be ...

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    Wafting threats of sales bans after legal entrenchment have come between Apple and Samsung over the past few years. But as an ultimate solution is being waited upon, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is dealing with a patent suit of its own and an oncoming stoppage of sales in Germany. Specifically, Acacia Research Group LLC out of Texas has won a lawsuit against HTC in a German district court and has been granted an injunction that bans sales of the manufacturer's devices through Deutsche Telekom. The ban could take effect within the month. Acacia is a patent licensing firm focusing on standard ...

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    China might be an industrial galaxy of sharing, caring and cannibalizing intellectual property, be it freely distributed or stolen from its rightful owners. But when a company that filed 45 lawsuits based on a vaguely-worded patent in 2012 comes back biting for more in late 2015 with Xiaomi on the verge of a product release ... well,  it's not really that exciting. Blue Spike, LLC has returned from three years ago to file a lawsuit against Xiaomi and Shenzhen-based web marketplace Tomtop for infringing upon a patent regarding its digital audio watermarking technology. The Xiaomi products ...

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    Google is spread far and wide. From hardware to software to services, it's given its wares all across the world from Australia and Hong Kong to Russia and Europe. It's those latter two places that the legal systems there have cases against the Mountain View behemoth. Specifically, a competing search engine company in Russia and the European Commission. Enter Alphabet, Inc., the new holding company that holds Google. It has just addressed the EU's regulatory arm with a 130-page response to antitrust charges. It has been redacted to protect trade secrets. In it, Alphabet claims the EU ...

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    Even though Apple's processors are manufactured by Samsung, TSMC, and others, Cupertino has gained a lot of fame for designing them. At a time when processors have more cores than the average engine, Apple has figured out a way to keep its dual-core 64-bit technology on the cutting edge speed and power. The problem is that it seems that this technology wasn't really invented by Apple, and today it has to pay for it. The University of Wisconsin-Madison sued both Apple and Intel back in 2014 for the technologies used on certain Intel chips, and Apple's A7, A8, and A8X processors that powered ...

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    Companies are not in the business of losing money to those who steal their product ideas. But the path to patent protection in the process of profit gets dirty. Microsoft and Google have agreed to stop the mudslinging in some major disputes while Samsung and Apple might soon have to send lawyers up to Washington, D.C. But the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a bone to pick with Cupertino and a court is now in the process of determining how big that bone will be. Specifically, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which licenses innovations made on behalf of the university, ...

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    But spoiler alert: it's not looking good for Samsung. It may not be nearly the $1.05 billion penalty the Korean OEM was looking at when the final gavel first came down in this case, but still having $548 million on the line isn't a good option for the chaebol, either. One of the late developments we got in Apple's patent suit was that a few of the patents Cupertino contended that Samsung infringed shouldn't have been granted to them in the first place. Yesterday, Samsung made legal moves to ask that one of Apple's patents focusing on a pinch-to-zoom API be made invalid as a matter of law ...

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    It's well into year four of the Samsung vs. Apple patent war and we're still centered upon the initial case that was filed by Apple and resulted in Samsung having to pay near $1 billion in damages. Samsung has since made repeated appeals at different claims, hoping to overturn some, if not all of the damages. It's won once and has taken off a $380 million chunk of the penalty, but there was still more than half a billion on the tab. Today, we found out that the US Patent and Trademark Office may be rejecting a key Apple patent that served as the foundation of a lot of the remaining ...

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    Apple filed suit against Samsung back in 2011, claiming that 25 products from the Korean OEM infringed patents it owned. Counterclaims were filed. Suits were thrown all across the map from Korea to Japan to Australia. Battles were won and lost on both sides. Both sides appeared to have some crack lawyers. It wasn't before August 2012 that the root case in all of this mess, dubbed "Apple I," was sorted out with a $930 million award to the Cupertino tech company. Samsung appealed a part of the ruling this year that related to $400 million of the total damages. Today, the Federal Circuit ...

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    Samsung hasn't really gained a lot of fame for its media alternatives. Just recently we learned that its ChatOn messaging service might cease to exist in the next coming months, and we also saw how its Media Hub service simply disappeared. Samsung has decided to re-invent some of these services with its new Milk Music and Milk Video services, but it seems even those won't be free from trouble. Milk Studios is currently suing Samsung over the name "Milk" being used for media offerings, and given the fact that Milk Studios is a photography and media company, the lawsuit makes sense after the ...

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    Many of us still bleed in green when it comes to HTC. Seeing the company that grew with us through our geek years into financial distress is just heart breaking. That said, it seems that the company was really doing something bolder than just reaching an agreement with Apple recently. After years of legal battles between the two, they've finally reached consensus on how to handle products in the future, and even though it's estimated that HTC will pay Apple $6 to $8 per smartphone sold, Peter Chou has dismissed the exact amount. We do know that the legal battles did enough harm to HTC's ...

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