As the holiday season rapidly approaches, there is renewed hope for peace on earth; at least with regard to the ongoing Patent Wars. Apple and HTC have agreed to share nicely, putting away the lawyers and working out a deal to play, and pay, fairly. Is this cease-fire a big-enough deal to encourage some of the other players to seriously come to the bargaining table?
The New York Times has been running a multipart-series challenging global tech companies, and often does so by focusing specifically on Apple, as if Cupertino is the only US tech company involved in controversial manufacturing issues. While consistently calling Apple out prominently on issues that clearly involve most smartphone and technology manufacturers might not be the fairest way to position these articles, the latest addition to the series focuses on one area where Apple has led the pack in less than savory tactics: patent lawsuits.
Samsung has finally stepped up to take a swing back at Apple, filing a lawsuit on Tuesday aimed at the iPhone 5. Meanwhile, a company you probably never heard of is claiming they had Passbook first, and Google is backing down from Cupertino for some mysterious reason. Is this a sign of peaceful times to come?
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?
In the aftermath of Apple's billion dollar courtroom win against Samsung last week, many people are wondering just what this means for the future of the smartphone. Some stores are already reporting a massive dropoff in Android device sales since the ruling. But is Apple really the winner in this case? Let's break it down.
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.
It's been a cruel, cruel summer for Samsung so far, and the situation is only worsening. Across the sea in China, new lawsuits are cropping out like rampantly growing weeds. Will the real Snow Leopard please stand up?
Join us for another week of Law & Apple as we review the details while tryng to keep cool.