Posts tagged with: Legal
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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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    The conflicts that exist between tech companies and government forces over encryption and access to user data aren't going away anytime soon, and even as we sort through the aftermath of the FBI and DOJ's run-in with Apple over the San Bernardino iPhone, more and more news of similar showdowns in courtrooms across the nation are coming to light. Today we're learning of another recent case that may have not grabbed the same national attention as the San Bernardino one, but represents another occasion when Apple was ordered to extract user data from an iPhone, an another occasion on which ...

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    An Arkansas prosecutor's office was the first local law enforcement agency to request the FBI's help to decrypt a case-critical iPhone. It's expected to be the first of many — we know of quite a few requests for Apple to decrypt iPhones that may be retracted and sent instead to the FBI. "As has been our longstanding policy, the FBI will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners," the FBI said in a letter to local authorities. "Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints." That help may ...

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    Apple wants Samsung's money back. It is petitioning the federal appeals court that reversed a jury verdict that awarded $120 million in damages to Apple. One of its attorneys said that the appellate judge panel researched its own material, leaving it out of the trial court record and thus, deprived the company the right to an appeals trial by jury as would be provided in the Seventh Amendment. Apple wants a rehearing en banc, that is, with most of the judges in the federal circuit. An appeals court does not try a case: it only considers facts and arguments laid out in the preceding trial, ...

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    Thanks to outside guidance, the FBI has successfully cracked into a suspected mass shooter's iPhone. Now, prosecutors from Arkansas want to take advantage of the agency's newfound skills and the agency has agreed to provide those skills to them. Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said that his office and the Conway Police Department wanted the FBI's help in decrypting an iPhone and an iPod central to a double homicide case. Within a day of the request, the agency had agreed to provide that help. The two suspects in the case have had the start of their trial delayed until June ...

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    The FBI may be done asking Apple to crack into an iPhone 5c from San Bernardino for it. Apple wants the agency to give up getting its engineers to decrypt an iPhone in Brooklyn. But it's not just the FBI that has asked help with accessing data from case-critical iPhones. And it's not just iPhones that law enforcement agencies have wanted to get into. The American Civil Liberties Union has uncovered 63 cases in which various agencies under the Department of Justice have compelled Apple or Google to assist in breaking the encryption of mobile devices through a 1789 statute called the All ...

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    While the company may have had clear intentions, it certainly went on fulfilling them in a dirty, dirty way. Ringing Bells is the Indian company that came out with the Freedom 251, what's essentially a $4 smartphone. At least, that's the selling point. But when buyers got their paws on the thing, it stunk of whiteout and dishonesty. Now, an MP has decided to file a police complaint against the company and its owner and president. Kirit Somaiya of the ruling BJP claims that there was no way to make a smartphone at Rs. 251 and accused owner Mohit Goel of deceiving customers. Ringing Bells ...

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    We're at a crossroads in Apple's fight to overturn an order issued by the FBI to assist in decrypting an alleged mass shooter's iPhone. The FBI is currently testing a hacking method it has learned from "an outside party." Apple is now saying that if the agency finds success in decrypting the San Bernardino iPhone without the company's assistance, a similar case going on in New York could go without its help. That's the argument Cupertino makes in a letter filed to federal court in Brooklyn. Apple is involved in a case where it is being asked by the Justice Department to help decrypt an ...

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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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    Here is a list of the companies, organizations and people in support of Apple in light of its upcoming legal entrenchment with the FBI over assistance in access to an encrypted iPhone. 32 Law Professors Access Now and Wickr Foundation ACT/The App Association Airbnb Atlassian Automattic CloudFlare eBay GitHub Kickstarter LinkedIn Mapbox Medium Meetup Reddit Square Squarespace Twilio Twitter Wickr Amazon Cisco Dropbox Evernote Facebook Google Microsoft Mozilla Nest Pinterest Slack Snapchat WhatsApp Yahoo American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North ...

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    When Apple was ordered to help assist the US government in decoding an iPhone 5c that belonged to the San Bernardino mass shooter, CEO Tim Cook was quick to type up and publish a response against the thrust of that court ruling. But it didn't file a formal response to the order. The federal magistrate judge overseeing the case said Apple had five business days to respond. According to two anonymous sources, instead of next Tuesday, February 23, the company is reportedly getting until Friday the 26th to compose its arguments. Three days may not seem like much time, but it's all the extra ...

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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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