Posts tagged with: Lawsuit
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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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    "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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