Samsung has already suffered significant losses in its latest patent trial with Apple, but a grievous slip on the part of the Korean tech giant's lawyers has left the company saddled with an additional $2 million fine for leaking the details of a patent deal between Apple and Nokia.
Apple won big recently in its long running patent trial against Samsung, but now there's some concern that it's rubbing salt into the wounds. On top of the $930 million that Samsung is already expected to pay Apple, MacRumors reports that Apple is also asking the judge to stipulate that the Korean tech manufacturer must pay $16 million to partially pay for Apple's legal fees.
Apple COO Tim Cook once said, "We have a very simple view. We love competition, but we want people to invent their own stuff. And we’re going to defend our portfolio when we need to."
No kidding. Apple is currently embroiled in multiple lawsuits with companies like Motorola, HTC, Samsung. And by aggressively adding to that portfolio, the courtroom drama is heating up and isn't going to end anytime soon. Here are some legally juicy events from the last few days:
It was only a few weeks ago that we were reporting astonishing iPhone sales in Korea, but it appears as though complaints over the iPhone has tarnished that record. According to BusinessWeek, lawmakers in Korea have summoned Apple for questioning over iPhone service complaints.
No doubt some strong language and Sith choke holds were seen in Cupertino today, as word has broken of a patent infringement ruling against Apple to the tune of $625.5 million. With a wake-up call like that first thing Monday morning, who needs coffee? The lawsuit that led to the judicial command for the hefty payout was filed back in 2008 by the now defunct software company Mirror Worlds, which, as a piece of tragic trivia would have it, was founded by Unabomber victim and Yale professor David Hillel Gelernter. Can word of a patent lawsuit become more intriguing than this?
Remember scrappy upstart Psystar and their pesky Mac clones? While the company was basically forced out of business at the end of last year by Apple’s legal maneuvering, Psystar filed an appeal, which Cupertino has finally responded to.
The latest has the prosecutors having filed an argument that says details of the search are to be kept sealed to protect the identity of an informant who had confidentially participated in the investigation.
As if summoning the ghost of Johnny Cash singing his classic “I Won’t Back Down,” HTC has made it clear to patent rival Apple that they also won’t back down from a fight -- and they’re fully prepared to defend its honor.
Maybe the Aztecs were wrong? A new report out this week claims that the prolonged battle between Apple and Nokia over mobile technology patents may drag on for years, and won’t hit the courts until the middle of 2012 -- another coming sign of the apocalypse?
Talk about having the brakes applied before things even get going: The Federal judge overseeing Apple and Nokia’s patent violation case in Delaware has put things on hold pending the results of the ITC investigation.