Apple and Samsung reached a major agreement in court. No, not to settle their claims against each other and put an end to the Patent Wars. Instead, the two business partners finally agreed on which products they would each allow the other company to add to the next super trial between their alter-egos in court. But aside from pithy headlines and ten-digit jury awards, are any of these products in risk of being banned in the United States?
Apple is not the boss of every word in the English language, and Samsung is on the verge of breaking the U.S. Patent system forever. The Patent Wars roll on, and to what end? If Apple is going to try to corner the market on words, and no company in the United States is going to be stopped from putting copycat products on store shelves until it is too late, these lawsuits will never stop. Join us for another week of Law & Apple as we try to make some sense of this nonsense.
In a year dominated by Apple and Samsung courtroom battles, it is only fitting to wrap up week 52 with more legal drama from our two favorite frenemies. There will be no singing of Auld Lang Syne from these two as the New Year rolls in, and unless something miraculous happens, it looks like even more of the same for 2013. Last week, however, Apple drew a firm line in the sand and dared the United States court system to cross it.
Tomorrow our favorite courtroom characters return to the big stage for a holiday extravaganza, as Samsung and Apple are set to perform in front of Judge Koh once again. This time both companies are scrambling to get as many gifts as possible from their first courtroom battle, the one that ended this summer with Samsung owing Apple $1 billion. Samsung is asking for a jury misconduct ruling, while Apple is wishing for a whole list of devices to be banned, and Judge Koh is going to unwrap the secret deal Cupertino made with HTC last month. Are we finally going to find out who's been naughty and nice?
If you're reading this, you've successfully managed to survive the Thanksgiving weekend as well as Black Friday, so Happy Cyber Monday! Now you can stay at home in your jammies and soak in the bargains online, and if recent IBM data is correct, many of you will be doing it from the comfort of your iPad. Didn't hear about that? Then read on to find out all about it...
If the world could vote on the patent wars, no matter which side you support, we suspect most would vote for them to just go away. Providing, of course, that there was some way to keep companies from slavishly copying each other. But, since we don't get to vote on that particular initiative, the best we can do is follow along at home, and there seems to always be something new to follow. This past week, Apple got the door slammed on one lawsuit while trying fatten up another one. The pollsters never seem to get these things exactly right, do they?
If you thought Apple's recent courtroom victory against Samsung pointed to the end of its patent battles, think again -- the iPhone maker is now attempting to expand its infringement claims to include Android 4.1 itself.
Apple is at the center of a class action suit involving iPhones from five years ago, and both Apple and Samsung struggle to get a win against each other around the world. Also, suddenly invalid patents might make Apple's $1 billion win against Samsung just a little less sexy. Cue your favorite dramatic theme music and lets get to another week of Law & Apple.
This week we look at how Apple and a Swedish photographer don't see eye to eye over a disputed image, how new developments in an ebooks antitrust case may bump up your iTunes account, and yet another move in the global chess match with Samsung. It's all fun and games until someone uses an eye!