It's been a dizzying week in Apple's legal adventures with Samsung finally having something go their way in the U.S. However, their battles Down Under just seem to be getting worse.
Oh, and that huge ITC ruling? That first major final decision in any of Apple’s patent battles? The one that looks to set the bar for the rest of the cases worldwide? The one that was supposed to come down yesterday? That one was postponed.
Grab some egg nog, sit back, and lets roll through the latest Law & Apple. Cue the "dun dun."
The United States federal court granted "a major win for Apple" by scheduling the trial date much earlier than Samsung wanted.
Sort of like if your favorite sports team got the easiest schedule in the league, or your college classes lined up so you have a five-day weekend every week. Obviously, there is still work to be done, but this ruling could not be expected to go better for Apple.
A Dutch court just issued a "formally Europe-wide" preliminary injunction, banning the sale of Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Ace smartphones, beginning October 13, at the request of Apple.
Notably, the Galaxy tablets were not included in the injunction. The injunction is based on only one of the infringement claims that Apple raised, regarding swiping gestures between images. Specifically, the injunction relates to the current software version of the Samsung devices listed, but does not cover cover future software releases that address this issue.
In other tech legal news, W3 Innovations, the parent company of Broken Thumbs Apps, settled with the Federal Trade Commission over having reportedly collected children's personal data in their iPhone and iPod touch apps. The FTC has previously gone after other companies for similar issues, but this was the first to be centered around mobile apps.
If there's one issue that's seemed to dominate the tech world headlines this year, it's been lawsuits. Continuing the trend, in a potentially large decision today, the U.S. International Trade Commission gave an initial determination in Apple's patent infringement suit against HTC, and it isn't looking good for the latter.
Federal Judge Phyllis Hamilton today commented that she will probably rule against Apple in its lawsuit to prevent Amazon from using the name "Appstore" to promote its line of Android-based applications. Apple had initially sued the online retailer over use of the name in March of this year.
Even on his leave of absence, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has kept quite busy with the iPad 2 launch and all. However, it was determined today that he'll have to add something else to his agenda. He was ordered today to answer questions surrounding an antitrust lawsuit that alleges Apple has operated a music-downloading monopoly.
A big lawsuit against a prominent tech company, such as Apple, tends to grab headlines for awhile, but what seems shocking to the average person (Lawsuit X means the iPhone is doomed!) is commonplace to major corporations. Apple, like most other entities that builds things and earns money, is almost constantly either being sued or fighting another company for rights to something else; it’s so common that the answer to the question "Should I get an engineering degree or a liberal arts degree?" is "Go into corporate law." Here’s just a sampling of some recent legal activity that Apple’s been involved in.
There are three things in life that you can count on: Death, taxes and lawsuits leveled against Apple. For now, let's focus on the latter: According to a number of sources, it appears that Apple and a number of iOS application developers may have stepped in something awkward, and of course, are being swiftly taken to task for it.
It would seem that lawsuits in the mobile space are all the rage nowadays. With the recent announcement that Motorola would be suing Apple over patent infringements, it seems that Apple is keeping the suing tag game going by launching two different patent lawsuits covering six different patents they believe Motorola has infringed upon.