We are just a few weeks away from the second major Apple v. Samsung trial to happen in Northern California, but we still haven't wrapped up the first one. Why does Samsung think they should get a re-trial of the last re-trial, and what does the judge think of all of this?
A few days ago, Google and Samsung announced a surprising 10-year global patent licensing agreement. Mostly it was surprising because Samsung suing Google for patent infringement is about as likely as you suing your parents for patent infringement. So why bother? To attempt to make Apple look bad, and thereby prove the point that nothing is going to change anytime soon.
A judge orders Apple to let her friend investigate every aspect of the company and then pay him for it. When another court looks askance at that arrangement and suspends it, the judge defends her original decision by using the "if you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to hide" logic. Really? Meanwhile, Samsung only wants to settle out of court if they do not have to promise to stop copying Apple. True story, though you might not believe it. Read on.
Now that Apple has proven in court that Samsung slavishly copied the iPhone, and proved it twice, we have approached the part of the event where everyone scrambles to figure out who owes what part of the bill. Like two people on a blind date gone bad, Apple and Samsung both want to go home without paying any more than they have to. Here's hoping they just use one credit card for the bill, because people who give the waiter a handful of plastic to ring up separate amounts are totally annoying. Don't do that. So, what's the damage? Read on.
Last week, federal courts dismissed two consumer lawsuits against Apple, one dealing with privacy issues, the other dealing with antitrust issues. In both cases, consumers were seeking monetary damages from Apple, and in both cases, judges decided they'd heard enough and sent everyone home. Once again, we see that suing Apple over imaginary injuries is not a very effective get-rich-quick scheme.
The jury reached a verdict this afternoon in the "Groundhog Day" retrial between Apple and Samsung, and the decision hits Samsung's bank account hard. The ruling brings the total amount Samsung owes Apple fairly close to the original amount the jury decided upon last summer, give or take a hundred million. And despite all the numbers flying around, the biggest story coming out of this courtroom is possibly what the jurors ate for lunch. Read on.
In August of 2012, a jury awarded Apple over $1 billion in a lawsuit against Samsung. That decision was just the beginning. Now, both companies are squaring off in the courtroom again for the first of three major showdowns that will take place over the next few months. These trials could bring the end of the Patent Wars, or they could spawn and endless sea of appeals and retrials. One question that should be answered rather soon: How much of that $1 billion will Samsung have to pay Apple, anyway?
For Samsung, rules are clearly optional. Over a dozen times in the last 10 years, the Korean company has been busted for flat-out flouting the law, and now finds itself once again attempting massive courtroom damage control. As "Patentgate" continues to unfold, Samsung is reeling from recent smack downs from two different judges, and Apple is pressing the attack. All of which begs the question: even as we engage in friendly debates about which smartphone or operating system is best, at what point do we start questioning why anyone would support a company with such a startling history of dirty, nasty, unlawful tricks?
Samsung and Apple have been dueling in the courtroom for several years now, and the so-called Patent Wars continue without any apparent end. For the first time, however, one company is going to have to watch while a bunch of its products are stripped from store shelves and blocked by customs. And that company is not Apple. This is likely to be a fairly traumatic event for Samsung; will it be enough to bring them to the negotiating table?
When the jury gathers in November to determine the new amount that Samsung owes Apple for copying the iPhone and iPad, Samsung would like it very much if no one was allowed to tell the jury about how it copied the iPhone and iPad. Also, Apple has decided to break down and take care of Breaking Bad viewers who didn't know they had to pay twice for the final season. Another week of adventures for the Cupertino legal team!