Apple-HTC Patent Agreement Is Bad News for Samsung
A redacted version of the patent licensing agreement between Apple and HTC was released by Samsung ahead of today's scheduled courtroom hearing between Apple and Samsung. The two companies will present arguments to U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose concerning the $1.05 billion verdict levied against Samsung earlier this year. Samsung had hoped details of the Apple-HTC licensing agreement, which was struck in November, would help its case with Apple. It does not. Specifically, Samsung believed that if the Apple-HTC agreement included Apple's design and user experience patents, then Samsung could escape some of the damages from the guilty verdict. Instead, the licensing agreement covers technical and engineering patents only, and specifically warns HTC from cloning or copying Apple's designs and user experience. A number of Samsung's smartphone would found guilty of infringing on Apple's design and technical patents. The hearing between Apple and Samsung gets under way later today.
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.
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.
Apple making the rules.
Design and user experience- Does Apple get to decide who is copying their design and user experience? Looks like they selected Samsung and not HTC for being guilty on this front.
All of these smartphones look the same and give a similar user experience. Apple sued Samsung because they are Apple's only real threat. If this were about integrity, and no...
Somewhat understand Apple, but...
It's like Apple wants the best of both worlds: it wants the lack of competitio...
Sh*t just hit the fan!