Judge Agrees to Review Apple v Samsung Foreman Behavior
Judge Lucy Koh will review Samsung's complaints about the foreman of the jury that delivered a $1 billion patent judgement against it. Samsung accused the foreman of misconduct. Koh's order read, in part, "The Court will consider the questions of whether the jury foreperson concealed information during voir dire, whether any concealed information was material, and whether any concealment constituted misconduct." The discrepancy pertains to the foreman's past relationship with technology companies and his involvement in litigation between them. He was at one point employed by Seagate and sued by the company. Samsung says that it has a "substantial strategic relationship" with Seagate and that the foreman should have disclosed this prior relationship. Samsung was convicted of infringing on Apple's smartphone patents in the trial, which concluded in August. Koh will review the foreman's conduct during a scheduled December 6 hearing.
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.
Court Says Lost Message Suit Against Apple Can Proceed
Apple must face a lawsuit in federal court over vanishing text messages. U.S.
Samsung Wants Supreme Court to Decide Patent Case
Samsung hopes the Supreme Court will weigh in on its patent fight with Apple. The company has filed an appeal, asking the high court to review the verdicts reached in Apple's patent-related lawsuit.
Apple Vindicated in Another Patent Troll Lawsuit
Apple beat back a lawsuit brought on by a small Honolulu-based company over mobile device patents. GPNE alleged that nine Apple products, including the iPhone and iPad, violated certain patents it holds regarding pager technology.