Judge Bans Older Samsung Smartphones
Samsung has been commanded to stop selling several older smartphones after a new court ruling in California. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple's petition to block the sale of certain handsets that were found to violate some of Apple's patents. The court initially determined that a fine of $120 million was sufficient, but Apple appealed and an appeals court agreed that the fine wasn't enough. "The court finds that Apple will suffer irreparable harm if Samsung continues to use the infringing features, that monetary damages cannot adequately compensate Apple for this resulting irreparable harm, and that the balance of equities and public interest favor entry of a permanent injunction," said Koh in her new ruling. Samsung is no longer allowed to sell the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S3, and Stratosphere. Few of these phones remain available for retail purchase. For example, some prepaid carriers offer the S3 as a free or entry-level handset, and the S3 is still being sold by Amazon.com. It's not clear how quickly retailers will have to pull their stock of these phones. Neither Apple nor Samsung commented on the latest decision.
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.
Appeals Court Exonerates Samsung in $120M Case
Samsung won a reversal of a $120 million patent-related fine thanks to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.