EU to Investigate Samsung's Use of Essential 3G Patents
The European Commission has become more directly involved in the lawsuits between Apple and Samsung today by announcing it will investigate how Samsung is using its 3G patents to file lawsuits against competitors. The Commission "has opened a formal investigation to assess whether Samsung Electronics has abusively used certain of its standard essential patent rights to distort competition in European mobile device markets, in breach of EU antitrust rules." The EU is concerned that Samsung is distorting the value of "standards-essential" patents. Patents deemed essential must be licensed on a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory basis — a policy known as FRAND. The EU's entry into this battle stands to dramatically alter the outcome of a number of lawsuits between Apple, Samsung, and other smartphone makers in court rooms around Europe. The two companies have been waging a patent war since Apple sued Samsung in the U.S. in April 2010.
Google Launches Multi-Purpose File-Wrangling App
Dec 5, 2017
Google today released the final version of Files Go, its new file-management app for Android. The app serves multiple purposes: it includes a file browser, local file transfer tool, and a tool to help free up storage on your phone.
Unwired Planet Bests Samsung and Huawei In Patent Trial
Nov 24, 2015
Unwired Planet landed its first courtroom victory in the U.K. this week after a judge agreed that Samsung and Huawei are violating patents owned by the company.
Nokia, Apple File Dueling Patent Lawsuits
Dec 21, 2016
Nokia and Apple have this week filed patent-related lawsuits against one another in various jurisdictions. Nokia's claims, filed in Germany and the U.S., say that Apple is using Nokia's patented technology without permission.
Jury Says Samsung On the Hook for $539M Over Apple Designs
May 24, 2018
A California jury today decided that Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for copying its smartphone designs. The decision comes after a retrial concerning the amount of damages owed for the 2012 case that found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design patents.