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Samsung gets U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Apple patent award
Mar22

Samsung gets U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Apple patent award

The U.S. Supreme Court will intervene in the five-year legal war over smartphones, agreeing to hear Samsung Electronics Co.’s challenge to a $399 million award won by Apple Inc. A jury found that Samsung copied Apple’s patented designs for the iPhone and should turn over the profits from its sales. The Supreme Court will consider whether Apple was overpaid. High court review extends a legal battle that since April 2011 has spanned the...

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Foxconn and Sharp’s deal may go sour
Mar16

Foxconn and Sharp’s deal may go sour

Foxconn, the iPhone assembly company, had its eyes on Sharp for several years now. In January 2016, Foxconn offered Sharp $5.6 Billion in a takeover bid, which includes assuming Sharp’s debts. The move is motivated by a number of factors: Foxconn assembles iPhones, while Sharp has display technology and supplies Apple’s iPhone screen; Foxconn does not have its own brand but Sharp’s brand is well-known in technology. As of the end of...

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Samsung patents vein identification sensor on smartwatches to trigger payments, playlists
Feb07

Samsung patents vein identification sensor on smartwatches to trigger payments, playlists

Fingerprints, heartbeats and veins — they can all be used to identify who you are. While the latter is far from new, it may be on the cusp of mainstream adoption, if Samsung’s recent patent ever comes to fruition. The Korean technology giant recently filed a patent for a wearable device equipped with a vein-reading sensor. The patent, ambiguously titled “ Wearable Device and Method of Operating the Same ,” was filed on July 29, 2015,...

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US ITC Finds NVIDIA Guilty of Infringing Three Samsung Patents
Dec23

US ITC Finds NVIDIA Guilty of Infringing Three Samsung Patents

An administrative law judge from the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday found that NVIDIA Corp. infringed several patents of Samsung Electronics. The judge ruled that NVIDIA’s graphics processing units (GPUs) and system-on-chips (SoCs) infringed three fundamental patents that belong to Samsung. NVIDIA said that patents were outdated, but if the full agency finds that there was a violation, certain NVIDIA’s products could...

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Innovating In A World Of Patent Lawsuits
Nov07

Innovating In A World Of Patent Lawsuits

This fall, Apple once again won the dubious honor of dominating the conversation on patent infringement. First, it lost a ruling in Germany’s top civil court over the slide-to-unlock feature , backing an earlier ruling in favor of Motorola Mobility. As expected, Apple is appealing the ruling. Then, it scored a victory when it won a patent ruling against Samsung in the U.S. appeals court over the same feature, plus two others...

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