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.
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.
Judge Bans Older Samsung Smartphones
Samsung has been commanded to stop selling several older smartphones after a new court ruling in California. U.S.
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.