Last week, the technology world had to digest the news that Samsung was going to have to write a check to Apple for anywhere from $1 billion to $3 billion. While we considered that losing this mega trial may not be all bad news for Samsung, we also turned our eyes to the dozens of other patent trials between Apple and Android device manufacturers around the world.
Will Samsung strike back in court? What about Google? And what is Apple's next move, anyway?
The end of August is here, but before you go sauntering off on an extended three-day Labor Day vacation, it's time to soak in a handful of stories to round out the month. Next week this particular writer will be shifting this recap into an early edition spot but fear not: MacLife.com will continue offering the same great PM recap you're now reading, along with a bit more afternoon news as icing on the cake. So without further ado, here's what's happening for Friday, August 31, 2012...
Could Apple's $1.05 billion victory over Samsung last week be causing Android users to jump ship? That appears to be the case for at least one reseller who has noted a 50 percent increase in customers dumping their Android smartphones since the verdict.
On Friday, Apple more or less crushed Samsung in a patent infringement suit. Since then, things have gone exceptionally well for Cupertino, including a major boost in the value of the company's shares on Monday. This morning, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published even more Apple patents, many of which apply to iOS devices.
While the full ramifications of the Friday night decisions in the Apple v. Samsung case will likely remain muddled in appeals for quite some time, another tech giant has officially responded to the shake-up. According to Google, "most" of the patent claims pressed by Cupertino won't apply to the base Android operating system.
Well, looks like the verdict is officially out: Samsung is a big copycat.Wired reports that the jury ruled today in Apple's favor in the longstanding courtroom battle against Samsung in a Northern California District courtroom. Samsung has been ordered to pay more than $1 billion in damages for violating Apple's patents for its iPad tablet design.
The court ruled that Samsung had infringed upon patents relating to user interface design (like scrolling and multi-touch), as well as physical design. Samsung could not convince the court that it hadn't taken its design ideas from Apple's iPad.
As a jury weighs the fate of Apple v. Samsung here in the U.S., a South Korean court has already come to a decision in a separate case, ruling that the companies have both infringed on each other's patents, with several older products now banned for sale there.
Jury deliberations finally begin today in the super-trial between Apple and Samsung. True to form with the case, there was drama and surprises right up to the final statements.
Meanwhile, and just in time for a much hoped for iPhone 5 launch, Google's Motorola filed a new patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington.