Apple and Samsung Meet to Talk Patents Today
The CEOs and legal counsel of Apple and Samsung plan to meet today in hopes of resolving the on-going patent-related lawsuits between the two companies. Apple is sending CEO Tim Cook and General Counsel Bruce Sewell, while Samsung is sending CEO Choi Gee-sung and Chief Legal Officer Kim Hyun-chong. A judge overseeing several of the lawsuits arranged for the meeting to take place. It is unclear whether or not the talks will lead to a resolution that ends the patents wars. Both companies have filed lawsuits against one another around the globe. Each is seeking to block the imports of the other's products into various countries, including the U.S.
Synaptics Says A 'Top Five' Phone Company to Use Its Under-the-Glass Fingerprint Reader
Synaptics today said of the five largest phone manufacturers in the world has agreed to use its Clear ID FS9500 optical, in-display fingerprint sensor. The FS9500 can scan fingerprints through the full thickness of smartphone cover glass, which means device makers can create sleek, button-free designs and still include a fingerprint reader on the front.
Target Adds Mobile Payment Feature to its App
Target today made it possible for people to make in-store payments with their smartphones through the Target mobile app. Similar to Walmart’s offering, shoppers can link their debit cart to the new Wallet function within the Target app.
Qualcomm Says iPhone Violating 16 More Patents
Qualcomm this week filed yet more lawsuits against Apple over alleged patent infringement. Three new lawsuits say Apple's iPhones violate some 16 additional Qualcomm patents.
Samsung to Pay Apple $548M for Patents - with a Catch
Samsung will send Apple a check for $548 million to settle its ongoing patent litigation, according to FOSS Patents. The companies filed paperwork with a California court on Dec.
Apple's Patent Consortium to Sell 4,000 Patents for $900M
Rockstar Consortium, a patent-holding company headed by Apple, has agreed to sell more than 4,000 mobile patents for about $900 million. Apple and partners Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony paid $4.5 billion for more than 6,000 patents from Nortel four years ago in order to help protect against litigation.