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    There were strong indications earlier this week that the European Parliament would prefer a situation in which Google's search would be chopped off from other divisions of the company. Today, the EU's legislative has passed a resolution concerning the matter, with 384 legislators in favor, 174 against and 56 abstentions. According to the resolution, “the online search market is of particular importance in ensuring competitive conditions within the digital single market”, and calls on the European Commission “to prevent any abuse in the marketing of interlinked services by operators ...

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    Samsung is not at all a stranger to court filings, legal actions, and courtrooms in general, across the globe; however, this time the South Korean phone manufacturer isn't fighting Apple (as it does most of the times), but Microsoft. Samsung is regarding Microsoft as a direct hardware competitor (as an effect of the Microsoft-Nokia deal where the Redmond-based company acquired Nokia's Devices and Services division), and thus, refuses to pay royalties. In the light of a previous patent agreement, Samsung was supposed to help Microsoft by building Windows Phones, as well as sharing ...

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    Phones in general, and smartphones in particular, have become the center of our lives. We not only use them for calls and texts, but information contained on these devices is vast, varying from emails to pictures, and documents. That being the case, phone search conducted by the Police has received some limits, according to a Wednesday Supreme Court ruling. Among items found on those arrested by the Police, phones are considered "powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest", according to the Supreme Court. The ruling states that the Police can not conduct a ...

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    The processor inside the iPhone 5s, and later, inside the iPad Mini with Retina Display, as well as the iPad Air, is Apple's latest 64-bit A7-chip. Whether the new architecture brings any utility, features, or speed to devices is powers is not the topic of debate here, but the very raison d'être. Apple has been sued over acts of infringement which are claimed to be willful and intentional, by the plaintiff. The plaintiff -- the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) on behalf of the University of Wisconsin -- claims that Apple has violated its own patent no. 5,781,752, referring ...

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    Nokia scored another patent win in Germany against HTC, for a total number of four, out of which three only in the past two months. On Friday, the Mannheim Regional Court found HTC to infringe on Nokia's patent EP1579613 referring to a "method and apparatus for enabling a mobile station to adapt its revision level based on network protocol revision level", basically enabling "modern mobile devices to work in older networks". HTC will have to pay damages to Nokia, but the amount due will be determined with the occasion of additional, upcoming proceedings. The court has also ordered an ...

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    A German court sided with Nokia on Friday, in a patent-related lawsuit against HTC, and has found eight-out-of-nine of the Taiwan-made Android phones to be infringing. The patent in case is EP1246071, which refers to a "method of configuring electronic devices" (specifically helping computers decide which drivers to use upon USB-plugging-in the device). Nokia has scored a recent win in the UK too against HTC, when the One mini could have been banned, alongside the One flagship, but HTC somehow managed to overturn that decision temporarily. In Germany, HTC claims that the One family of ...

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    Apple and Samsung are at each others' throats not only on the market, but also in courtroom across the world, since 2011, when Apple sued Samsung for allegedly copying the "iconic design" of its iPhone (and later, iPad). Every since, there's been back and forth, with both companies scoring wins against each other -- in different courtrooms -- with the latest going to Apple. Even more recently, the situation becomes interesting: Apple wins in South Korean court against Samsung. It's an important win, specifically because it's happening in Samsung's backyard. The Galaxy S 4-maker claimed ...

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    A british judge ruled this morning in favor of Nokia, finding that HTC infringes several patents owned by the Finnish company. As a direct effect, HTC will not be able to sell its One mini phone in the UK starting December 6, this Friday. While the judge also found the One to be infringing, he did not immediately impose a ban on the flagship; such a measure would have caused “considerable” damage to HTC, he opined. However, the injunction against the One is just postponed, giving HTC enough time to appeal the ruling. The One mini ban is immediate, though, as of December 6. "Nokia is ...

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    "Nokia has filed further cases in the United States alleging that HTC products infringe additional Nokia patents" is the wording from a Nokia statement. The Finnish phone maker has filed another ITC complaint against the Taiwanese manufacturer, targeting the HTC One, among others. "We began actions against HTC in 2012 to end the unauthorised use of our proprietary innovations and technologies. Since then, despite the German courts confirming infringements of Nokia patents in HTC products, HTC has shown no intention to end its practices, instead it has tried to shift responsibility to its ...

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    The iPhone 5 is the apple of discord (pun intended) between several retailers, including Best Buy, Toys "R" Us, and Walmart. The retailers have addressed their dissatisfaction to attorneys general in several states across the US; they complained about Walmart's comparison ads which, according to the companies, contain inaccurate pricing, and, are misleading by claiming the lowest prices. According to Best Buy, the company has lost roughly $65,000 in one day, when said Walmart promotion ran for the first time. According to the report, Walmart has allegedly sold the iPhone 5 for $150 on ...

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    On the surface it all seems so absurd. Several days ago, various news outlets reported that LG Display (not to be confused with LG Electronics) asked for a ban on the manufacture and domestic sales of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, the tablet we weren't too impressed with back in August, which we reviewed in September, and which has failed to set the market on fire in the intervening months. How did this mediocre product get under the skin of Samsung's home-soil competitor? By allegedly breaching patents involving the angles at which the screen can be viewed. The LG-Samsung beef goes way ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S III mini, announced mid-October, was added last month by Apple to the list of devices for which the Cupertino-based company is seeking justice in the courtrooms for alleged patent infringements. Samsung defended itself saying that the S III mini is not available in the US and thus it shouldn't be included in the lawsuit. Samsung confirmed that the phone in case will not be offered on the American market; as a response, Apple has withdrawn the Galaxy S III mini from the list together with patent infringement claims agains the device. Despite Apple's lawyers being able ...

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    The latest court rulings might be disappointing for both Apple and Samsung in their legal battle but it appears that the South Korean manufacturer might be facing a multi-billion fine in the European Union. The reason for such a measure might be Samsung's trying to use SEPs (standard-essential-patents) for trying to ban Apple products. The SEPs in mentioned refer to 3G technology and the amount of the fine -- imposed by the European Commission -- could run as high as 10% from the company's worldwide turnover. Opposed to Apple, who tried to ban Samsung's products based on alleged ...

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    After Apple and HTC have signed a ten-year licensing agreement we have recently found out that Samsung wanted to know all the details of the settlement. The South Korean company wants to see whether Apple is fine with licensing its user experience patents and in case it was, a Samsung ban wouldn't be justified. Apple and HTC both agreed to show a version of the document with financials redacted but Judge Paul S. Grewal, despite being "more than a little skeptical" about Samsung's argument, has granted the request. Apple and HTC are now being forced to show the unredacted version, however, ...

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    Last week HTC and Apple announced a ten-year-long licensing deal but the exact details of the settlement were not made public. Samsung, who is facing legal actions defending itself and fighting Apple back in courtrooms across the globe --and US specifically--  suddenly became interested in the specifics of the Apple-HTC agreement, for its own defense. The question at hand is whether all of Apple's patents were included in the deal (and thus, those used to fight Samsung) or just some. If all patents are licensed, including the one referring to "user experience", this could threaten ...

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    There was quite a lot of buzz surrounding the storage space (and the available space) on the 32GB Surface tablet. The specifications include 32GB of storage but, as Microsoft itself has pointed out, File Explorer is only reporting 16GB free and accessible to the user, the rest being taken up be pre-installed applications, OS itself as well as a recovery partition. Because of that Microsoft has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly misleading customers. Los Angeles lawyer Andrew Sokolowski is taking Microsoft to court because he purchased a 32GB Surface tablet and he quickly ran out of the ...

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    Back in September after HTC unveiled its two Windows Phone devices there was a rumor that Nokia might sue HTC for design patents. Reason for the rumored lawsuit aside, the general idea was that with such a small market share Microsoft should do something and step in between its OEMs. Just recently HTC has signed a licensing deal with Apple but it looks like the Taiwanese company is caught in legal battles again, this time exactly with Nokia, but not over design patents. There are five venues where this battle is ongoing and the Finnish phone maker is suing HTC for 32 patents, including ...

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    HTC and Apple had their fair share of legal battles and you'll probably remember the HTC One X ban saga (where the U.S. International Trade Commission sided with Apple on December 19, 2011, when it imposed a formal import ban for HTC devices starting April 19, 2012). According to a joint press release the two companies have reached a global settlement alongside a ten-year long licensing agreement. While the exact terms of the agreement haven't been made public they guarantee that the two companies will no longer fight each other in the courtrooms for the matters settled (aside from ...

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    You know the drill: another week, another overload of tech news for three geeky guys to talk about. On this exiciting episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, though, things are a little different: in addition to the usual news from the three big mobile platforms, Michael, Anton, and Joe discuss issues of major import for the industry in our broadcast's new preshow segment. Today's "Thought Thread" covers the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and its impact on smartphones and tablets, as well as a little invention called CommBadge that has the potential to bring voice interface back into the ...

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    Following a ruling in the Apple versus Samsung case the UK court has found that Samsung products did not infringe on Apple's patents, as claimed by the Cupertino company, because, as the judge noted humorously, "they do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool." As an effect, Apple has to post, in its website and printed media, an acknowledgement that Samsung did not copy its products' design -- still subject to a possible Supreme Court appeal. The bottom part of Apple UK's website hosts a small link that ...

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    United States International Trade Commission Judge Thomas Pender ruled that Samsung was infringing on four Apple patents. These include a patent related to the front face of the iPhone as well as one co-invented by the late Steve Jobs referring to touch-screen technology. However, the judge's findings have to be reviewed by the Commission in its entirety but, if uphold, could result in banning South Korean-made products from the U.S. market. February 25, 2013 is the date at which the investigation is scheduled to end. Samsung recently lost one of the battles in the U.S. and had to pay, ...

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    While the jury was off yesterday the CEOs of Apple and Samsung had a planned settlement discussion. As with previous similar talks, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung Chief Executive Kwon Oh Hyun, this one, too, has failed and the company leaders have not managed to reach a common ground. On another front of the legal battle Apple is being accused by Motorola in front of the US International Trade Commission of infringing seven of its now Google-owned patents. Motorola is willing to settle "these patent matters, but Apple’s unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but ...

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    Nobody knows exactly when the Apple vs. Samsung courtroom drama will ever stop (if) and what will the outcome be. According to some court documents the Cupertino-based company has asked Samsung, back in October of 2010, for royalty fees also saying they "would have preferred that Samsung request a license in advance". A total amount of $30 was requested for any touch-screen-enabled phone, let it be Windows Phone, Android of another platform (Bada, Symbian, etc.) and $40 for each tablet -- amount which would decrease to $30 over two years. There were also some discounts planned: phones ...

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    After ruling that Samsung's tablet was not as cool as the iPad, the U.K. court considered that a proper way to compensate the South Korean manufacturer was, among others things, for Apple to post a message which publicly clears Samsung of any accusations that it copied the iPad’s design. The fruit-company has managed to score a stay in the case, at least until October, when Apple can be heard in front of the court. Those of you who hoped to see a huge "Samsung did not copy us" message while going to Apple's website will have to wait a little bit more, at least until the beginning of Q4. ...

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    Here's an interesting twist in the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit: the Cupertino-based company is preparing to use the Korean manufacturer's own words against it. According to an un-redacted Apple trial brief, Samsung not only had knowledge of what it was doing (in this case, copying Apple products) but it also deliberately did that, despite being advised by third parties (among which Google and designers) to not do so. The Apple brief states that "Samsung’s documents show the similarity of Samsung’s products is no accident or, as Samsung would have it, a ‘natural evolution' [...] Rather, ...

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