Apple's Ban Request Denied, Samsung Drops Lawsuits
U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's request to ban 26 Samsung smartphones, despite the fact that a jury found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's patents earlier this year. "The fact that Apple may have lost customers and downstream sales to Samsung is not enough to justify an injunction," ruled Koh in a filing on Monday. "Samsung may have cut into Apple's customer base somewhat, but there is no suggestion that Samsung will wipe out Apple's customer base or force Apple out of the business of making smartphones." Many of the devices are already no longer for sale. At the same time, Koh denied Samsung's request for a new trial. Samsung alleged that the jury foreman withheld some information about his prior experience with litigation and wanted the $1.05 billion judgement vacated in its entirety. Koh disagreed with Samsung's allegations. Judge Koh has not made any rulings on the final amount of damages Samsung is to pay Apple. Separately, Samsung today said it would drop lawsuits filed against Apple in several European countries, including Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the U.K. "Samsung has decided to withdraw our injunction requests against Apple on the basis of our standard essential patents pending in European courts, in the interest of protecting consumer choice," the company said in a statement. Samsung was facing a European Commission investigation of its use of standard essential patents to wrangle licensing terms. The two companies still have patent battles underway in several other countries, including Australia and the U.S.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
Apple Denied Injunction Bid Against Samsung
Apple lost in its attempt to ban the sale of select Samsung devices today, as U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's request.
Jury Adjusts What Samsung Owes Apple
A jury in San Jose today adjusted the damages owed to Apple by Samsung for violating its smartphone patents. Last Friday, a jury found Samsung guilty of infringing on two Apple patents.
Jury Says Samsung Violated 2 Apple Patents, Awards $119M
A federal jury in California today found Samsung guilty of violating technology patents held by Apple. Specifically, Samsung infringed on two patents that cover data tapping (making calls from within an email) and autocomplete.