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Google: Samsung Patent Loss Not Related to Android

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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 [+more]

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

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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, [+more]

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

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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 [+more]

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Patent Wars Not Helpful to Anyone: Google

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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. [+more]

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Patent Trial of Apple, Samsung Set to Wrap Up

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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 [+more]

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

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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 [+more]

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

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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 [+more]

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

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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 [+more]

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

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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 [+more]

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

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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 [+more]

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