Last month we reported that the Indian High Court had banned Xiaomi from selling, importing and advertising smartphones in their country. In that case it was Ericsson who brought a lawsuit against them regarding Essential Patents. Today it's being reported that Apple and Ericsson are suing each other after failing to reach an agreement over pricing of wireless patents used in Apple's iPhone and iPad.
Nevada's Adaptive Data has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's use of Bluetooth in a manner that infringes this patent troll's acquired patents from Florida's Paradyne Corp.
Floridians by the name of Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple for storage capacity misrepresentations and omissions relating to Apple's iOS 8. According to the filing, "iOS 8 uses an unexpectedly large percentage of the storage capacity on 8 GB and 16 GB iPhones, iPads and iPods." While this is an annoyance lawsuit, it's an industry practice that should end – and Apple should lead the way.
A Patent Troll by the name of Dynamic Hosting Company is suing Apple for infringement regarding visual voicemail. Wikipedia notes that in 2007, Apple's iPhone was the first cell phone promoting this feature. Yet according to this patent troll, their recently purchased patents predate the iPhone's use of visual voicemail. Other companies that Dynamic Hosting Company has sued over the years include Xerox, Casio, Google, Samsung, Epson, Canon and others.
According to a Japanese report published late yesterday, the Tokyo District Court heard the first arguments in ShimanoManufacturing Co.'s lawsuit against Apple. The Tokyo-based electronics component maker is demanding compensation from Apple to the tune of US$8.5 million over alleged infringements of Shimano's patent for a precision component embedded in the joint of the power adapter for Apple's laptops. Apple's response in court was to deny they infringed Shimano's patent. They additionally denied that they were using their market dominance to bully Shimano, arguing that the Japanese subcontractor was the one being unreasonable in their business partnership. Yet in light of Apple's very public case with GTAT where Apple was painted as a bully and noted as being oppressive and burdensome as a business partner, some would argue that Apple has a history of bullying suppliers and that playing nice guy in court isn't going to play very well in this or any future case brought against them.
Patently Apple was the first Apple site to cover the original Class Action filed against Apple for defective MacBook logic boards. We also covered the second Class Action over this issue in May of this year. The plaintiff's council wrote in the latter case that Apple's "cover-up" shows that they "had knowledge of the defect, yet willfully and intentionally decided to hide the defect, resulting in continuing damage to the Class." By far, it's been a contentious issue and we've had the most email sent in to us on this issue than any other report we've ever covered. Now the battle goes north to Canada where a new Class Action request has been filed on behalf of a Montreal resident by the name of Mr. Carbonneau. The difference here is that this is a National Class Action open to any Canadian to join from any Province. The Class Actions that were filed in the U.S. were limited to the States where the action was filed.
A technology site noted last month that "The biggest factors that keep Chinese smartphone makers out of the West – and even developed countries in Asia like South Korea and Japan – are carrier subsidies, patents, and cultural stigma." Today we learned just how true that statement was. With Xiaomi experiencing dramatic success within China, they set their eyes on their next market target: India. Today that plan was dealt a blow. The Indian High Court has banned Xiaomi from selling, importing and advertising smartphones in their country.
According to a new report published this afternoon, Samsung Electronics asked a U.S. appeals court on Thursday to toss out an order that it pay Apple $930 million for infringing on iPhone patents to make its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets.