Google: Samsung Patent Loss Not Related to Android

Apple Inc.’s victory over Samsung can be a big blow to Google, whose Android technology powers over Samsung smartphones and tablets, which are proved to infringe Apple patents.

However, Google offered a hint indicating that it is unlikely to be affected by Samsung’s loss over patents related to the iPhone’s design.

Following the verdict, where Samsung will have to pay $1.05 billion to Apple, former’s stock took a hit today.

Google, however, states that the claims involved in the patent case are not related to the core software in any manner.

But it is also true that in case Samsung is forced to put a ban on the sale its smartphones and tablets in the US, as requested by Apple, the number of Android shipments could also suffer.

As per stated by Google, “The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don’t relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don’t want anything to limit that.”… Read the rest

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In Duel with Motorola, Apple Says iPhone Too Popular for a US Ban

Apple triumphs over Samsung in the patent case. But the legal battles are far from over for the world’s most valuable company. Now it’s Apple Inc. vs. Google Motorola.

Apple Inc. is recently reported to rely upon the popularity of its devices in a hope to ruin Google’s Motorola Mobility’s attempt to put a ban on the import of its iPhone and iPad in the US market. iPhone and iPad are two of the best-selling devices and the firm calls them too good for the US to put a ban.

Today marks the day when the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington will announce whether iPad and iPhone violate Motorola Mobility patents, and if so, whether it will put a stop on them from being imported into the US market from Asia.

The ITC is also reported to consider whether to limit use of import bans in disputes over patents, which relate to industry wide standards. This step is supported by some members of Congress, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and companies including Intel Corp.

Qualcomm Inc., which makes and designs chips for mobile phones, said the suggestion to limit import bans based on standard-essential patents sounds to be an extreme solution in search of a problem.

Rodney Sweetland, patent lawyer with Durane Morris in Washington believes that no political system will ban the import of iPhone in the US, which is the most popular smartphone in the market. Sweetland, currently specializes in ITC cases.

Google’s Motorola Mobility accused Apple of infringing four patents, two of which relate to industry standards for 3G wireless and Wi-Fi technologies. It also charged Apple on the basis of denying offers to license the standard-essential patents. Motorola Mobility says it fulfilled its requirement to make a logical royalty offer, but Apple refused to discuss. The other two patents along with the seven patents that are the subject of a new complaint Motorola Mobility filed Aug. 17 are not standard-essential.

Apple however, has denied infringing the patents and argues them to be invalid. Apple says that even in case there is a patent violation, the commission should not stop its devices at the US border.

A trade judge in April said Apple violated one patent, which is essential to 3G. The ITC is evaluating his findings.

It was reported that 62 percent of Apple’s sales in 2011 accounted for $47.1 billion in sales of iPhones and $20.4 billion in sales of iPad.

Google however, plans to target Apple Mac computers, the iPod Touch and Apple TV in its second standard-essential patent in Motorola Mobility’s complaint.

“Blocking imports of iPhones in the US market, based on infringement of a standard-essential patent can cause harm to US competition, consumers and innovation,” wrote the FTC wrote in a June 6 filing with the agency.

Motorola Mobility told the commission in July 16 filing, “Apple and others — without analyzing the facts of this case — point to the problem of ‘hold up. But they ignore the counter problem of ‘hold out’ — an unwilling licensee being rewarded for its intransigence in a manner that will deprive patent owners of value and create disincentives for innovative companies from participating in standards setting.”

ITC has reported to get over a dozen complaints over the past two years, as various companies strive for increased shares of the smartphone market that grew 62 percent to $219 billion last year.

Google, based in Mountain View, Calif. is hoping to win the patent case. The firm is relying on Motorola Mobility’s history with mobile phones along with its trove of 17,000 patents. It hopes to force Apple into a settlement of the ITC case, which could also cover handset makers who use Google’s Android operating system, including Samsung Electronics Co. and HTC Corp.

Back in 2007, Motorola Mobility approached Apple about a patent license, asking for a royalty of 2.25 percent of the price of Apple products. Apple and Microsoft Corp., which has its own legal fights with Motorola Mobility, declared the demand to be unreasonable.

President Barack Obama is also believed to review the decision made by the commission decision and is hoped to reject any import ban on public policy grounds.… Read the rest

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It’s a Heyday for Apple; Gets Awarded $1B in the Case Against Samsung

Ok. So it is decided. Apple triumph in the landmark patent dispute. The nine person jury agreed with Apple’s claims that Samsung has infringed Apple’s patent and copied the design of Apple products, wake to beat the popular iPad and iPhone. The jury decided against Samsung claims that Apple infringed Samsung’s patent.

Apple was awarded $1.05 billion, half of $2.5 billion that Apple requested. If the Jury ruling survives the appeal than Samsung business all over the world are likely to get affected.

Apple and Samsung both are key players in the Smartphone and the Tablet Market. Till now, the ruling has not affected the sales of the Samsung products but Apple has requested to ban the Samsung products, which have been copied from Apple.

“While a billion [dollars] is significant, Samsung has the balance sheet to cover it,” said Demetrios Anaipakos, a patent lawyer. “What’s more substantial is an injunction. If Samsung is required to pull devices off the market, that will be much more expensive.”

The jury found infringement by Samsung in six of seven patents raised by Apple in the suit. In five cases, the infringement was willful, the jury said.

After the victory, the Apple’s shares have taken a huge jump. “Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer,” Samsung said Friday night after the ruling. “It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies.”

According to Craig Timberg and Hayley Tsukayama of The Washington Post, the ruling could lead to higher licensing fees, which companies pay one another to use proprietary technology. Such higher costs could eventually raise consumer prices and send more profits to Apple should it choose to license its technology.

“Clearly Apple is the winner here in financial terms, with things coming from licensing down the road,” said Al Hilwa, a technology analyst with International Data Corp.

He predicted that the net effect would be price increases for consumers. “Someone has to swallow these licensing fees,” he said.… Read the rest

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Patent Wars Not Helpful to Anyone: Google

Google suggested that fighting patent wars is not innovative or helpful in any manner. It seems like Google is getting fed up with software patents, just after the former got an upper hand in the court with Oracle, which was declared as the patent battle of the decade.

At an Aspen conference in Mountain View, Calif., Pablo Chavez, Google’s public policy director, referred to the patent wars, saying that they are not helpful to the marketplace or to innovation. He further said that patent wars are not helpful to the consumers at all. However, there are many who see this statement as a reaction to the social search giant’s ongoing legal battles with Oracle, which Google won at trial, and Apple, which is still pending.

Software patents are getting too controversial in technology circles, where most of the companies are taking its rivals to courts for infringing each other patents.

This statement given by Googlers implies that the company plans to go anti-patents for a while. Google seems to hate the whole workings of patents, and sees the whole act of patent law as against progression.

Chavez believes that the patent life 20 years should be cut shortened. The social search giant also supports strong financial penalties for lawsuit-losing patent trolls and also against the patenting of abstract concepts that are only patented because they are implemented online.

Currently, Google is busy trying to change patent laws. The firm has filled amicus briefs, it advocates for reforms, and has also teamed up with other anti-patent players in the technology sector.

Google’s case with Oracle involved technologies core to the open-source Android operating system. However, Android patent lawsuits still abound, from the epic Samsung-Apple suits over hardware design to suits, which involves Android manufacturer Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google.

However, it was just last Friday, when Motorola and Google filed their own patent suit against Apple, seeking a ban on all Apple devices in the US.… Read the rest

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Patent Trial of Apple, Samsung Set to Wrap Up

The epic patent trial of multibillion dollar between world’s two biggest smartphone makers is all set to wrap up. Tuesday marks the day, when lawyers of both sides will offer their closing arguments to the jury.

It was reported by the Wall Street Journal that on Tuesday, the panel of judges will settle on whether Samsung infringed on Apple patents, or Apple infringed on Samsung’s. Also the jury will decide as to what — if any, damages will have to be paid by the two companies.

Apple vs. Samsung has been a long and controversial trial that has hit the news worldwide. This trial in the US marks to be the latest battle between the two giants, who are also fighting in courts in Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Apple accused Samsung of ripping off its iPhone and iPad technology.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company recently saw a rise in its shares, which made the firm profitable at $621 billion.

Meanwhile, Samsung counterattacked and argued that Apple’s products were not innovative as the company claims them to be.

The judge in the case, however, made her own argument and said that Apple and Samsung should consider and come to an agreement on their own.

As per reported by Bloomberg, Kwon Oh Hyun, Chief Executive, Samsung and Tim Cook, Chief Executive, Apple are believed to speak via phone and come to a mutually agreeable solution prior to the jury’s decision. An unnamed person referred to the case and stated that the companies’ lawyers will report the phone call’s decision to Lucy Koh, the judge. The two men were believed to have met earlier relating to the same matter, but could not agree to a settlement.

The jury will consist of nine men and women, who will take the decision. The judge wanted the companies to agree on a settlement as the decision taken by the jury could lead to complicated implications for the smartphone and tablet markets.

Apple is seeking a permanent ban on all infringing products.

Samsung is so far the company’s fiercest competitor. Winning this case can give Apple a solid footing in the smartphone and tablet industry, whereas losing it can fill the market with similarly designed products.… Read the rest

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Battle of Games: Will GTA 5 Emerge as the Winner?

There are spates of new games, which have been introduced in recent times. Many of them bear resemblance to the ever popular GTA franchise. Will they succeed in upsetting the leader?

The competition between games is heating up and now more and more launches are crowding the dais of modern gaming. Of course, Rockstar Games’ GTA franchise has been able to rule the roost owing to its unique content and ever growing fan base. Besides an exploratory script penned by Dan Houser, the game’s open world offers new avenues to explore shades of a character, who can execute a variety of actions in a fantastical world, which bears resemblance to the gamers’ neighborhood.

Now the game’s unique USP is slowly turning into poison for itself. There have been a couple of games, which have been announced in recent times that take on this franchise in a big manner. The first to hit the deck is Sleeping Dogs, which releases on August 14, 2012. The game set in Hong Kong, has a storyline depicting the life of Wei Shen, who goes undercover to infiltrate the Triads. The game depicts the dilemma of the character that dwindles between shades of black and white while completing out missions one by one. Yes, the resemblance to GTA is apparent and easily the game could be labeled as a Hong Kong take but whether it can dent into the GTA 5 proceedings needs to be seen. The initial reviews of the game are very promising and comparisons are abound, marking that it may have topped off GTA 4 at least for now.

Another promising venture which seems to take off from where GTA has found itself stagnant is the Ubisoft heralded Watch Dogs, which explores the facets brought forth by technology that we see around ourselves. Now, GTA 5 will not be that far away but it has failed to materialize on its strong script to add more innovative options for gamers to try on. Ubisoft, on the other hand, have been reinventing their games and the introduction of ‘Watch Dogs’ at E3 reflected a big challenge to the industry leaders. It features many devices, which are utilized by us on a daily basis and offers unparalleled control over the city in an indirect way making the game play more interesting with each mission. Additionally, the ingenuity of the concept is yet to be explored by the modern gamer, which would be a reason for its sudden popularity.

Some of the facts which are not helping GTA is the lack of information regarding its actual product launch and whether it would deliver anything beyond the trailer, which was released in October 2011. Meanwhile, Sleeping Dogs is garnering positive responses from the gamers and Watch Dogs is expected to boost itself with more revelations in the coming times. But GTA 5 information is yet to be confirmed by any reliable sources with more and more speculations circling the air rather than actual facts. In times like these, disappointment is looming around the actual game, which may finally see the light of the day in 2013. Meanwhile, it is too early to write off the industry legend, which is aiming for sales of over 1.5 billion dollars. For now, it has two formidable opponents which are aiming at its share in the market. It is a ‘dog-eat-dog’ world and it waits to be seen whether GTA will retain its bite!… Read the rest

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Apple vs. Samsung: It is Now Time for Samsung’s Testimony

Dubbed as the patent trial of the century, the courtroom war between Apple and Samsung continues to remain just as nail-biting and exciting as it was when it first started out. As the trial now enters the third week, Apple has rested its case against Samsung, and it is now time for Samsung to present their side of the story to the jury, and to the rest of the world following the trial closely.

Samsung’s testimony in court began with Benjamin Bederson, a computer scientist who is also a professor at the University of Maryland, taking the stand to illustrate how some of Apple’s claimed patented technology were already prior art, existing well before they were patented by Apple. Bederson brought forward “Launch Tile”, an app developed by Microsoft in 2004, which could be used to zoom in and out of screens, including apps and webpages.

During cross-examination, however, Apple’s lawyers shot down the app’s features, as it did not feature the “rubber-banding” element of bouncing back when reaching the end of a list or page. Apple also termed Launch Tile’s zooming feature as a semantic zoom, where zooming-in provided more detailed information, as opposed to Apple’s “pinch-to-zoom” feature.

The next witness called to testify for Samsung was Adam Bogue, a researcher with the Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab, who spoke about “DiamondTouch” – a table-top computer developed in 2001. This device had a touch screen interface and the capability to sense finger movement, similar to the iPhone, and projected visuals from a computer onto a table surface. Bogue claimed that this technology was shown to Apple’s hardware engineers in 2003, and also mentioned that he was made to sign a document declaring that the information he demonstrated was not of a confidential kind.

Bogue then went on to show two applications, “fractal zoom” – an app that allowed users to zoom using multiple finger touches and “tablecloth” – an app that had some “rubber-banding” capability of bouncing back when the user reached the end of an image on the screen. However, Apple’s team countered that neither of these applications were shown to Apple’s engineers. Apple also noted that tablecloth bounced back to the original position of the image, as opposed to Apple’s method of bouncing back to the next closest part on the screen.

In what could even be seen as a minor victory for Samsung, during the trial, it managed to get three phones – the Galaxy Ace and international versions of Galaxy S and Galaxy S II, excluded from the trial, as its sales tallies were not of much consequence in terms of potential impact on Apple’s sales. However, the case continues to focus on the impact of the US versions of the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II.

As Samsung continues to testify to maintain its claims that none of Apple’s patented designs are unique to the company, and existed even before the iPhone and iPad, this case sure seems to be complete action-packed event.… Read the rest

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Samsung’s Best in the US: And the Winner is…

Even as the courtroom drama between Apple and Samsung rages on in the US, the latest statistics rolling in has been quite the big surprise. With every passing day, more and more details are coming into the public eye, the latest revealing just which phone of Samsung has been their bestseller in the US markets. Now Apple may be butting heads with Samsung to protest against how the Galaxy range of devices has been but a sheer copy of their successful iPhones and iPads, and how this has had a significant impact in Apple’s sales.

But Samsung’s surprise winner has been the Galaxy Prevail, a mid-range smartphone being sold as a prepaid phone by Boost Mobile. With over 21 million phones sold by Samsung in the US between June 2010 and June 2012, more than 10% has been cornered by the Galaxy Prevail. Close on the heels of this phone has been Samsung’s Epic 4G smartphone over Sprint.

A closer examination of these statistics reveal nothing quite surprising, considering that the Galaxy Prevail is among the more affordable smartphones out in the market currently, and being prepaid, becomes a more cost effective option for consumers. On the other hand, even though the Epic 4G came in second on the sales charts, it brought in $855 million worth of revenue to the South Korean manufacturer.

Public filings have even burst the bubble on Samsung’s claims of having sold over 2 million Galaxy Tabs during early 2011, as these documents show that from the last quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of 2011, Samsung managed to sell just under 339,000 units of the Galaxy Tab in the US markets. Even including sales in other countries, it seems highly unlikely that Samsung’s claims are correct.

When it comes to Apple, the filings do not provide much clarity on the sales beyond revealing that Apple managed to sell 85 million iPhones, 34 million iPads, and 46 million iPod Touch devices, raking in $50 billion, $19 billion, and $10.3 billion in revenues respectively during the same period in question.

Will the disclosure of these numbers manage to sway the jury either way? This is something we will all have to wait to find out. Until then, we continue to watch out and bring you the latest information about the mega trial between the two tech majors.… Read the rest

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Apple vs. Samsung: Apple Claims Samsung Copied iPhone Icon Designs

In an ongoing Samsung apple court trial, Apple Inc. put a new allegation on Samsung. According to Apple, Samsung Electronics Co. got inspired from Apple’s icons and copied the same. The claim was supported with an internal Samsung document, which was presented to jury in California.

It was in San Jose yesterday that Apple revealed the 2010 Samsung internal report. The reports clearly showed the side by side comparisons of the Samsung S3 icon designs with iPhone. The report stated that Samsung did away with those icons, which were not user-friendly but copied the others.

Susan Kare, a former Apple graphics designer paid $80,000 to be an expert witness, said  “The icons for the companies’ current competing products — both are square with round edges and displayed on the device in rows of four — are “confusingly similar.” Kare also told the jury Samsung Smartphone bore so many similarities to an iphone that she mistook the Samsung phone for an iPhone while visiting the office of Apple Lawerys.

“I would usually think of myself as someone who is pretty granular in looking at graphics and I mistook one for the other,” Kare said. “In addition to my formal analysis, I had the experience of being confused.”

Apple and Samsung are the largest manufacturers of consumer electronics and both are highly regarded in the market for their handheld devices which meet consumers’ daily phone and computing needs.

The patent battle has been waged on four continents for supremacy in the smartphone market valued by Bloomberg Industries at $219.1 billion.  Both the companies in their pursuit to win the battle are blaming each other of infringement of technology and design.… Read the rest

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Apple vs. Samsung: The Expert Opinion for $75,000

As the mega trial between the two tech giants rages on in a US courtroom, Apple has brought in an expert witness, Peter Bressler, to testify on its behalf about how Samsung’s products have infringed on Apple’s design patents. Peter has invented and co-invented around 70 patents and has even testified as an expert witness in many other trials previously, and has already cost Apple around $75,000. Peter Bressler is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania and has been the president of the Industrial Designers Society of America from 1989 to 1990.

In Peter’s opinion, to no one’s surprise, he has agreed with all of Apple’s claims about how Samsung’s range of a dozen odd products does infringe on three of Apple’s patents. With regards to infringement on the USD618,677 patent about the flat front, rectangular shape with curved corners and speaker grill design, Samsung rebutted the claim with four instances of prior art, including the LG’s Prada smartphone and the 2005 Sharp phone’s design. While Bressler agreed with Samsung’s counsel’s claims that these examples also had similar designs, he objected to the process of analysis of patents and prior art.

Apple’s counsel then proceeded to quiz Bressler about the design of the back of the Galaxy S 4G and its impact on the ‘677 patent, specifically, the presence of a small hump at the top and bottom of the back of the phone. However, Bressler indicated that the ‘677 patent in question was only concerning the design of the front face.

Scott Stringer, in his testimony on July 31, had also stressed about the need for uniformity in the bezel’s thickness all around the phone, as per Apple’s design patent ‘087. According to this patent, all four corners must be of equal radii, the speaker grill needs to have a lozenge shape and be centered, both horizontally and vertically, in its location on the front face, that the device should be nominally flush with front glass, and should have a minimalist black front face, also known as “black oily pond” in iPhone’s case.

However, Samsung argued about the finer points of this patent, bringing to everyone’s notice how Samsung’s Infuse 4G lacks a bezel and even features a much wider casing than that of the iPhone. Samsung also pointed out that the Galaxy S 4G does not have equal radii across the 4 corners, and that the bottom corners are wider than those on the top.

To these claims by Samsung, Bressler retorted that an ordinary observer would fail to notice these individual design elements and that the overall design impression that Samsung’s devices leave on an ordinary observer do tend to get the observer confused with that of Apple’s devices. This statement by Bressler is in complete affirmation with Apple’s claims of how Samsung’s products are designed so similarly with Apple’s that the average consumer confuses the latter’s designs as something that was created by Apple.… Read the rest

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