Judge Demands Apple and Samsung Consolidate Lawsuits
The judge overseeing some of the patent- and intellectual property-related lawsuits pending between Apple and Samsung has ordered the two companies to streamline the number of complaints between them. The companies have already reduced the complaints by a few, but Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California says the two firms have not gone far enough. "I think that's cruel and unusual punishment to a jury, so I'm not willing to do it," she said. "If you're going to trial in July, this is not going to be acceptable." The trial is scheduled to start July 30, but Apple and Samsung have until Monday to boil down the suits.
Apple vs. Samsung Heads Back to Court
Samsung will get another chance to reduce the amount of money it owes to Apple for copying the look of the iPhone. The original verdict is not in question: Samsung is guilty of violating Apple's design patents in a case that dates back to April 2011.
Apple Faces New Trial in iTunes Patent Squabble
A judge tossed $532.9 million in damages levied against Apple earlier this year after reevaluating the results of the trial. In February, a jury found Apple guilty of infringing on three patents owned by Texas-based SmartFlash, a patent-holding company.
Judge Tosses iMessage Lawsuit
Apple will not have to face a lawsuit over its iMessage service because the case was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh.
Apple Must Pay VirnetX $625 Million Over Patent Violations
Apple has been ordered to compensate VirnetX $625 million for using one of the company's patents without permission. VirnetX's patent covers "the use of a domain-name service to set up virtual private networks." Under VirnetX's patent, the VPNs are then used by corporations to communicate with customers or employees.