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.
Powermat to Upgrade Starbucks Charging Mats to Support iPhone X
Powermat, which has deployed PMA-compliant wireless chargers at thousands of Starbucks locations around the U.S., plans to update its charging pads to support the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 from Apple. At the moment, there are two competing wireless charging standards, PMA and Qi.
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.
Nokia, Apple File Dueling Patent Lawsuits
Nokia and Apple have this week filed patent-related lawsuits against one another in various jurisdictions. Nokia's claims, filed in Germany and the U.S., say that Apple is using Nokia's patented technology without permission.