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.
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.
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.
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.