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. The jury acquitted Samsung of infringing upon two other patents, though the judge found Samsung guilty of violating Apple's slide-to-unlock patent, too. The jury awarded Apple $119.6 million in damages. It had sought $2.2 billion. The jury also found Apple guilty of violating one of Samsung's patents. The jury awarded Samsung $158,000 for its patent. The case was tried in San Jose over the course of a month, with U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh managing the proceedings. The case marks the second win for Apple in the U.S., but the damages awarded are far less than Apple hoped to win. Apple has already won a $930 million verdict against Samsung. Apple said it still believes Samsung "willfully stole our ideas and copied our products." The two companies have waged a pitched patent battle against one another for years in 10 different countries.
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.
Supreme Court Refusal Means Samsung Owes Apple $120M
The U.S. Supreme Court today said it will not review an appeal made by Samsung to overturn a $120 million fine owed to Apple for violating the latter's patented technology.