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August 9, 2013

"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
18:48 // 1 year ago
June 17, 2013

On “selling out”

mconor said: using the term ‘sell out’ makes you sound like a pretentious rolling stone writer from the seventies, also a loser

» SFB says: I don’t think of “selling out” as having a negative connotation in 2013, as far as music goes. It’s just the way things are done these days. It’s just a phrase at this point. — Ernie @ SFB

2:21 // 1 year ago

Jay-Z is firmly in the Galaxy camp. The rapper, perhaps the most commercially-savvy musician out there these days, spent the evening on a series of NBA Finals commercials announcing a new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” with the help of Samsung, which is paying the rapper $5 a pop for a million copies to be given away in advance through an Android app. (Sorry Apple users.) If you’re gonna sell out, sell out with more planning and better savvy than everyone else, so it doesn’t look like selling out.

1:56 // 1 year ago
June 4, 2013
We believe the ITC’s Final Determination has confirmed Apple’s history of free-riding on Samsung’s technological innovations. Our decades of research and development in mobile technologies will continue, and we will continue to offer innovative products to consumers in the United States.
A statement from Samsung • Hailing the ruling, by a judge with the International Trade Commission, that several older model Apple products (AT&T models of the iPhone 3 and 4, as well as 3G versions of the iPad 1 and 2) infringe on a patent held by Samsung. The practical ramifications of this is that a limited bar has been placed on the sale of those models within the United States. For Apple, the next likely step is an appeal, but their options have dwindled – the final ruling from the ITC would require a Federal Circuit appeal, or a reprieve from the White House itself. source
20:15 // 1 year ago
March 2, 2013

Apple/Samsung trial’s damages cut in nearly half

  • $450M the 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
8:46 // 1 year ago
January 10, 2013

No more cracked phone screens? Check out Samsung’s latest.

I’ve seen the future, and its name is … whatever the name of its phone is.


No more cracked phone screens? Check out Samsung’s latest.

I’ve seen the future, and its name is … whatever the name of its phone is.

10:51 // 1 year ago
January 7, 2013
18:48 // 1 year ago
September 22, 2012

Apple not content with Samsung lawsuit, now wants permanent sales ban

  • $707M the amount Apple is asking for in a court order in the Apple/Samsung patent case (on top of the $1 billion already won), along with a permanent injunction covering “any of the infringing products or any other product with a feature or features not more than colorably different from any of the infringing feature or features in any of the Infringing Products.” Unfortunately, when they delivered it to court, they used these maps to get there. source
9:19 // 2 years ago
September 3, 2012
0:38 // 2 years ago
August 31, 2012

Apple, Google reportedly sorting out their differences over patents

  • cause In a stinging defeat for Samsung and a resounding victory for Apple in its fight against Google’s Android operating system, jurors decided a highly-watched patent lawsuit sharply in the iPhone maker’s favor, leading to over $1 billion in penalties and word of an appeal.
  • reaction Apparently, the respective CEOs at Apple and Google — two companies that have slowly become bitter enemies over the smartphone market — are talking about some sort of patent agreement. Could Apple cave and offer Google licensing? source

» Why the jury favored Apple: Jury foreman Velvin Hogan, in an interview with the BBC, says that the evidence strongly showed that Samsung was infringing on Apple’s patents. “When we went into deliberation in the jury room we not only had all the physical evidence of everything that was presented,” he said, “but we also had sealed source code in its entirety from both sides, we actually had the memos that were talked about in the trial … and there was a piece of evidence after a piece of evidence that just clearly stacked up.”

11:02 // 2 years ago