Judge Orders Apple and HTC to Reveal Settlement to Samsung
A U.S. judge has granted Samsung's request to see the recently signed patent settlement and licensing agreement struck between Apple and HTC. The settlement, announced earlier this month, ended all the patent litigation between the two companies worldwide. Samsung believes the settlement may offer it a chance to better argue its case against Apple in the U.S. At issue is whether or not the Apple-HTC settlement covers just Apple's engineering patents, or if it also covers Apple's design and/or trade-dress patents. The judge ordered Apple and HTC to turn over the settlement "without delay." Additionally, Samsung has added more Apple products to its patent complaint against Apple, including the the iPod Touch 5, the iPad 4, and the iPad Mini. The two companies have been waging a worldwide patent war since April 2010.
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.
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.
Nvidia and Samsung Strike Patent Deal, Drop Lawsuits
Nvidia today said it has settled its patent-related litigation with Samsung. The company first sued Samsung in 2014 over smartphone patents and was later sued in turn by Samsung.
Apple Given Reprieve In VirnetX Patent Case
A judge has overturned a decision that would have seen Apple pay VirnetX $625 million in patent damages. The case took place earlier this year.
Apple Must Pay VirnetX $625 Million Over Patent Violations
Apple has been ordered to compensate VirnetX $625 million for using one of the company's patents without permission. VirnetX's patent covers "the use of a domain-name service to set up virtual private networks." Under VirnetX's patent, the VPNs are then used by corporations to communicate with customers or employees.
It's My Hope That Common Sense Prevails.