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.
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.
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.
Appeals Court Says Samsung Owes Apple $120M
A federal appeals court today reinstated a $120 million patent verdict against Samsung. Samsung was initially found to be infringing on Apple's slide-to-unlock and autocorrect patents in 2014.
Apple Faces New Trial in iTunes Patent Squabble
A judge tossed $532.9 million in damages levied against Apple earlier this year after reevaluating the results of the trial. In February, a jury found Apple guilty of infringing on three patents owned by Texas-based SmartFlash, a patent-holding company.