"Breaking" news: Companies that sell smartphones are really petty
last week Apple, facing a potential ban of some of its older iOS devices, successfully petitioned the Obama administration to veto a decision by the International Trade Commission that would have banned the import of the company’s devices into the U.S., due to the company violating patents its competitor, Samsung, owned. The Obama administration said that the patents were fundamental to the creation mobile devices and were being abused by Samsung. It was the first time the president vetoed an ITC patent decision since 1987.
this week The tables have turned. In another patent case involving Samsung’s Galaxy devices, the ITC found the company in violation of Apple’s patents, putting them in danger of an import ban. One major difference here: The patents Apple was accused of violating? Seen as essential. The patents Samsung’s accused of violating? Not essential, though Samsung says it can easily modify software to get around the issue. Anyone like it when companies fight in public? source
That awkward moment where your company’s new VP literally steamrolled your company’s most popular product because of a business decision your company made that affected his old company. Such is the tale of former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, who just joined Apple after spending much of the past few years publicly bashing Apple’s stance on Flash.
$450Mthe amount of the $1 billion Apple-Samsung verdict that was wiped out by a U.S. District Court judge in the process of throwing out part of the patent case the two companies are drawn into. The judge, Lucy Koh, said that jurors had improperly followed her instructions regarding the damages. On top of this, Koh ordered a new trial regarding the damages. source
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