Despite recent rumors to the contrary, it appears consumer electronics titans Apple and Samsung may actually be no closer to settling their differences over patents — especially when attorneys for the Korean manufacturer have resorted to name-calling.
Apple and Google waited until the stock market was closed for the week to announce a formal end to its longtime patent battles — a move that could potentially pave the way for settling the feud between Apple and the search giant's partner Samsung as well.
After years of targeting Google's partners with lawsuits, including going toe-to-toe against Google-owned Motorola, Apple has yet to square off against its Mountain View adversary in the courtroom... until now. And while we get ready to follow what could be the biggest trial of the Patent Wars to date, Apple also took a moment this week to effectively flip off the U.S. federal government and its seemingly neverending quest to collect user information from tech companies. Read on as we review one of the most interesting weeks in Cupertino's legal adventures this year.
South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung is quickly gaining an unwelcome reputation as a copycat when it comes to industrial design of its smartphone and tablet products, but apparently that now extends to its vacuum cleaners as well.
The news just keeps getting better for Apple in its struggle against Samsung. This afternoon, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in Apple's favor in the patent dispute stretching all the way back to July 2011 after it found Samsung guilty of patent infringement in two separate cases.
Samsung suffered a massive blow in its long war against frenemy Apple this weekend when President Obama vetoed the ITC's decision to ban imports of the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3G, and the iPad 2 into the USA. As reported by the Wall Street Journal (via 9to5Mac), the veto sliced a full 1 billion dollars off of Samsung's market value, representing a 0.9 percent loss.
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...
It was the shot heard 'round the world this weekend: Apple and HTC announced a cease fire in their patent battles, choosing to put down their swords and putting hand to pen to sign a license deal instead.
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.