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Apple and Samsung Mediation, Set Next Month

Written on April 28, 2012 by Lulu

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Tech Giants Apple and Samsung are set to undergo mediation in court on May 21st and 22nd

Long time rivals Apple and Samsung are set to resolve their infringment dispute in a mediation, ordered by Judge Lucy Koh. The two giants are scheduled to meet in a San Francisco court, with magistrate judge Joseph J. Spero as the mediator on May 21 and 22.

Both Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung’s Choi Gee-sung have agreed to undergo mediation, following a year-long court case. These two giants have been battling over patent infringement and filing lawsuits against each other in different countries.

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Samsung Files Another Case Against Apple in South Korea

Written on March 07, 2012 by Aiken Lewis

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Samsung files another lawsuit against Apple in a Seoul court

The war between Samsung and Apple is never ending. To add fuel to their ongoing battle, Samsung Electronics Co has filed another lawsuit against Apple in a court in Seoul, Korea. Samsung claims that Apple has infringed patents on data display, user interface and short text messages. These two giants have filed over 30 cases in 10 different countries and it looks like its not gonna end anytime soon.

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Italian Court Denies Samsung’s Appeal to have the iPhone 4s Blocked in Italy

Written on January 06, 2012 by Aiken Lewis

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Samsung's sales injunction against Apple's iPhone 4s denied for the nth time.

The ongoing patent war between Samsung and Apple is still ongoing. This time, Apple seems to be winning. Samsung’s move to stop the iPhone 4s’ release in the Italian market has been denied by the country’s court. This just comes a month after France has similarly rejected their appeal to block the sales of newest iPhone model in their country.

So far, Apple has won in Australia and had the Samsung Galaxy Tab temporarily banned in the Oz market last year, although the Galaxy tab is now available in the market, following the High Court of Australia’s  decision to reject their earlier plea. This can be compared to Samsung’s denied appeals in France and Italy. Samsung’s recent loss in the Italian court is hardly a surprise.

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Google Acquires Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion

Written on August 16, 2011 by Adam Eve

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In order to aid its Android platform against its legal battles, Google acquired the Motorola Mobility.

Google announced that it will acquire the Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. The search engine giant is believed to utilize Motorola’s rich patent portfolio in order to help its Android platform in the legal battles it’s currently on.

A couple of days ago, Google explained that Microsoft, Apple and other manufacturers are working together to acquire patents before them. That said, they could get up to $15 licensing fees for the manufacturers of each Android device sold. And with the search engine giant soon to own Motorola Mobility, they are now in better position to assist its partners in their court struggles.

But despite the acquisition, Motorola Mobility will run as it is, while Android will remain an open platform available for anyone to use it. That said, let’s just hope that this will lead up to hastening the Android updates for Motorola’s Droid lineup.

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Wii U Controller Patent Application Shows New Details

Written on August 15, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Nintendo made a patent application for its Wii U controller, mentioning a lot of details that gamers should watch for.

Nintendo’s patent application for the Wii U controller is said to boast a magnetic field sensor, flash memory and a dedicated CPU. Moreover, the shuriken, baseball, golf demos, Shield Pose demo, and an airplane shooting game are described. The patent application also detailed several possible specific technology implementations, but it can be subject to change.

The Wii U controller’s magnetometer, usually used as a compass when embedded in smartphones, is used as a reference orientation — a combination of accelerometer and gyrosensor motion data. Meanwhile, the dedicated CPU is embedded in a device referred as Codec LSI. This suggests that its primary purpose is to decode videos sent to the unit. As for the videos, it is generated in the Wii U console and sent over wireless connection. While the patent application specifically mentions H.264 as the system’s video codec, it indicates that a compression is required to stream videos. The MIMO capabilities of IEEE 802.11n WiFi is also said as a data transmission method. The flash memory, on the other hand, might be used to store Mii character or more substantial data. In addition to this, the Wii U controller contains an expansion port for unspecified accessories, though the application stated that this could be left off.

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The Patent Battle between Apple and Nokia is now Over

Written on June 14, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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The patent battle between two companies - Apple and Nokia, just ended not through a brutal fight, but with a Press Release that introduced a license agreement.

Few days ago, a Press Release was delivered in public, which successfully ended the patent battle between the two big mobile companies – Apple and Nokia. The said Press Release cited a license agreement and payments from Apple to Espoo. Though the highlights of the press release were too confidential, Nokia spilled out that Apple will make a one-time payment to be followed by an ongoing royalties. While on the other hand, the Nokia company had some troubles selling their morbid handsets. But then at least, their portfolios can be used to fill the cases during the Windows phone transitions.

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Apple Patents Motion Sensor Keyboard That Plans to Eliminate the Mouse

Written on January 25, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Is Apple out to put the mouse and trackpad out of the picture in the long run? Or is it just a spur-of-the-moment thing that will dissipate later?

The latest Apple patent has been released recently over at Macrumors, and it seems like Apple is working on a new Motion Sensor Keyboards that may redefine the way we think and use our simple imput devices. And yeah, it looks like Apple is on a crusade of taking the mouse and the trackpad out of the desktop/laptop picture.

Introducing Apple’s latest patent application for a touch-sensitive keyboard. It’s been years since the company has been working to reshape the face of desktop and laptop input. And although no device, nor company, has matched the commercial success of the traditional mechanical QWERTY keyboard, Apple is taking on the challenge with their new concoction.

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Motorola Fires a Shot to Microsoft: The Battle Continues

Written on November 11, 2010 by Charles Bass

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The battle of the titans continues as Motorola answers Microsoft's accusations with a steamy statement. Let's see where this infringement case leads.

It seems to us that Motorola is about two fight a legal battle with two titans. Apple and Microsoft. Microsoft dropped the first bomb last month with a nine-patent ITC complaint against Motorola. The second shot fired last week containing an alleged accusation that the latter was charging unfair licensing fees for 802.11 WiFi and H.264 video.

Now it’s Motorolla’s turn to answer the complaints. The cellular corporation claims that Redmond’s infringing a total of sixteen patents all from Microsoft Exchange to Bing Maps to the Windows operating system itself. Not only that, there are aforementioned video codecs and wireless tech as well. It seems that Motorolla is willing to fight the anomaly with their press statement saying:

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Motorola Sues Apple for Patent Infringement

Written on October 07, 2010 by Adam Eve

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According to Motorola Mobility, Apple Inc. copied their idea when it comes to wireless communication technology. Can the guys of Cupertino prove it otherwise, and will the infringement issue be resolved?

Motorola Mobility announced a lawsuit against Apple Inc. yesterday, accusing that the Cupertino-based company’s iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and several Mac computers infringed almost 18 Motorola Patent. According to the accusation:

The Motorola patents include wireless communication technologies, such as WCDMA (3G), GPRS, 802.11 and antenna design, and key smartphone technologies including wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management, location-based services and multi-device synchronization.

Motorola is looking for International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban Apple Inc. from importing the said equipments. According to Motorola’s Corporate Vice President on Intellectual Property, Kirk Daily, Apple refused to take a license after they engaged in a lengthy negotiation. With Motorola innovating and patenting the whole cycle of their telecommunications industry, the company has no choice but to file a complaint in order to prevent Apple in its continuous infringement.

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A Patent Case: Apple Unauthorizes Jailbreaking

Written on August 23, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Beware, jailbreakers. Apple has figured out it has to trace your actions, those of your clique and those of fellow hackers so it can stop all of you on the track. Here is how.

Apple has denounced unauthorized use of its iDevices, such as the popular iPhone and iPad, in its filing for a patent covering various modes of tracking and crippling jailbreakers and hackers. The company wants to gain full control over said devices, despite the U.S. government turning jailbreaking legal (jailbreaking is a running code that allows users and carriers that Apple does not support to access unapproved (by Apple) extensions and themes for “educational purposes”).

Meantime, the tech giant is revoking its warranty on all jailbroken iPhones.

The patent was filed in February, and then it got published last Thursday. It primarily sought measures that will help identify stolen devices and protect phone-stored sensitive information such as credit card numbers and passwords. Jailbroken, hacked, unlocked, sim-disabled iDevices can also be identified by monitoring increased memory traffic that could “indicate that a hacking program is being run and that an unauthorized user may be using the electronic device.” As the patent furthers this action from Apple, the company will be enabled to wipe personal data from the iDevices and alet At&T to “shutdown any telephone service to the electronic device, shutdown the electronic device itself, or otherwise suitably extract the functions of the electronic device.”

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