Samsung and Apple are no strangers in the courtroom; in fact, despite being each other's favorite business partners, they are also the prime combatants in the ongoing global Patent Wars. Sort of like a couple going through a nasty divorce that can't stop hooking up. While the lawyers get rich, who suffers? Us kids. Now, both companies are heading back to the courtroom this week to begin a trial that holds every possibility of completely reshaping patent law in the United States. Or, perhaps, it could lead to the end of the Patent Wars once and for all. While you chew on those fat pieces of hyperbole, read on for the latest.
The Patent Wars are now over two years old. From the beginning, there have been rumors and hopes that settlements would be reached that would prevent the diversion of product development funds to cover massive legal bills. More often than not, though, rumors have been quashed by the Next Big Lawsuit. Is all of that finally about to change?
Samsung continues to pull every legal trick out of its hat to avoid paying Apple legal damages from last summer's trial, but this time it may actually have a valid point. Apple, on the other hand, has decided that consumers may just be smart enough to know the difference between shopping from Apple and shopping from Amazon. Another serving of legal drama and courtroom surprises; we'll try to make sense of it all in this week's Law & Apple.
Apple and Samsung traded legal victories over the last week in Japan, and while many of the headlines surrounding these cases are dramatic, not all legal victories are the same. Sometimes, a win is a win, and a loss just means nobody won anything. For the latest in Apple's courtroom adventures, read on!
On the one hand, the federal government has decided to wade into the muck of the US patent system and is taking it to patent trolls. On the other hand, the federal government has somehow decided to hand Samsung a surprise courtroom victory that they, along with much of the rest of the world, already decided had no merit. The Feds giveth, and the Feds taketh away.
The European Commission smacks Motorola for using patents as leverage rather than tools for innovation (cough, cough), a major Taiwanese University is suing Apple in Texas, and Apple is begging the court for a peek at Android's goods. Another week, another round of courtroom drama in Law & Apple.
It's like deja vu all over again. This fall, Apple and Samsung will return to the courtroom battlefield to argue about the same issues they've been arguing about for years. In fact, both companies will only be permitted to discuss exactly the same issues as a previously settled case. Well, mostly settled. Read on, we'll explain.
Two major developments this week in separate, high profile Apple lawsuits. It's like going back in time to tell the court "my bad." Step into our DeLorean today and we'll travel back in time to revisit some courtroom drama that is back in the news again.
Few would dispute that Apple has mastered the art of marketing its products, but one of the company's former ad men believe that Samsung may have effectively stolen that skill from Cupertino along with their product designs.
Apple got some expectation of closure on a major issue in the ongoing patent war with Samsung, though it's probably not exactly what Apple wanted. Also, Apple fought the law in its home state of California, and won. But was it the privacy rights of the consumer that actually lost?