Samsung Sniffing Through HTC-Apple Settlement to Find Cracks
Samsung may force Apple to turn over a copy of the recent patent-licensing deal it struck with HTC, reports Reuters. The move could undermine Apple's legal battle with Samsung depending on how the settlement with HTC is worded. Specifically, Samsung wants to know if the settlement covers all of Apple's patents, or if it excludes Apple's "user experience" patents. Apple has previously said it would not license patents that pertain to its user experience. At the same time, Apple wants Samsung's phones banned in the U.S. for copying its designs and user experiences. If the settlement between HTC and Apple does in fact cover the user experience patents, Samsung would have a better chance of preventing a ban of its products. The judge overseeing the $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung is hearing arguments in the case with respect to potential damages on December 6.
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.
Court Blocks Samsung's Attempt to Appeal Apple Ruling
A federal appeals court has shut down Samsung's hopes of overturning a jury verdict that found it guilty of violating Apple's patents. In 2012, a jury found Samsung had willfully violated a number of Apple patents in handsets such as the Galaxy S and S2.
Appeals Court Exonerates Samsung in $120M Case
Samsung won a reversal of a $120 million patent-related fine thanks to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
HTC Droid DNA
Love the article names today!
Nice. However, I think that both companies may have been sniffing a little bit, based on their recent behaviour, that is.
"Apple Hoping to Settle Motorola Lawsuits Via Abortion"
"Review: HTC Droid DVDA for Verizon Wireless"