Just last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "In Motorola vs. Apple Case, Motorola Hunts for Documents and Source Code from Oracle in Connection to Apple's iCloud." This was a case that Motorola had launched against Apple in both Illinois and Florida. In that report we questioned whether the lawsuit was being funded by Lenovo or Google. This was a classic example of novation. Tonight we got our answer: it was Google. In late breaking news Google's Motorola Mobility Unit and Apple agreed to settle all patent litigation between them over smartphones, ending one of the highest lawsuits in technology.
A Californian by the name of Adrienne Moore has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple because when she switched from her iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S5, she was no longer able to receive iMessages from her friends with iPhones. The lawsuit points to a change that was made in Apple's iOS 5 that apparently causes this problem that has never been addressed. Should the Class Action prevail, damages will exceed $5 million.
According to Reuters, the U.S. appeals court on Wednesday refused to revive a Samsung Electronics patent case against Apple. In this case, the International Trade Commission had said in June that Apple did not infringe on the Samsung patents. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed that decision on Wednesday but did not explain its reasoning.
American Navigation Systems, Inc. (AmNav) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's use of GPS in mobile devices, iDevices more specifically. According to AmNav's complaint before the court, the inventors of their acquired patent "conceived a way to display GPS data in real time on a portable mapping device." AmNav who is seeking a royalty from Apple, continually references Google Maps far more than they do Apple Maps. Their angle is to go after the device makers as this is where their patent applies. So instead of going after Google directly, they're going after Apple for Maps on iOS and Samsung for Maps on Android.
A new report published today by Lex Machina states that from Silicon Valley to the Supreme Court, patents have become an inescapable part of the corporate and political landscapes in America. This year alone, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the highest proportion of Intellectual Property cases in history. The patent case load of the district courts has more than doubled since 2008, and verdicts like Apple-Samsung have captured headlines with eye-popping damages. The report also confirms that Apple is still the number one target by patent trolls, which this report creatively calls "Patent Monetization Entities." The more recognized term is that of Non Practicing Entity (NPE).
Last month Patently Apple was first to report that technology group Kudelski had stated that its OpenTV and Nagravision subsidiaries had filed a lawsuit against Apple in a court in northern California alleging Apple had infringed on five U.S. patents. On March 28, 2010 OpenTV became a fully owned subsidiary of the NAGRA Kudelski Group – Nagravision. Today, The Swiss Company filed three patent infringement lawsuits against Apple in Germany. Once again, the company has not provided the public with the patent numbers in this case to review.
Motorola Mobility filed three separate patent infringement lawsuits against Apple back in 2010 that are still ongoing (one, two). In the third case filed in the Southern District Court of Florida, Motorola alleges that Apple infringed on six of their patents. Two of the specific patents in this case include US Patent 5,754,119 and 6,101,531 which relate to iCloud and iCloud mail. Earlier this week, Motorola went before the court requesting a motion to compel Oracle to produce documents in this case because of this date, Oracle hasn't been complying with Motorola's requests. Motorola is seeking documents and source code to prove that Apple's iCloud is infringing on their patents. The question I have is who's really suing Apple now: Google or Lenovo?
The verdict is in and Samsung was found guilty of infringing three out of the five patents in this latest round of the Apple-Samsung patent war. While the jury charged Samsung to pay Apple $120 million in damages, the actual award may be considerably more before this is all over and we'll explain why in our report.
Patently Apple has covered many legal cases over the years under Patently Legal and some cases have been valid and interesting while others have been to cover the crazy world of patent trolls. Today, I read the most insane case, bar none. The lawsuit has been filed against Apple, Laurene Powel Jobs and Google. It would appear that the first case didn't pan out for Mr. McSwain and so his case now goes to the U.S Court of Appeals. This self-described indigent constituent, who has been deprived of his elite education, is asking the court to grant him $32 Billion dollars if the defendants are found guilty. Without any proof or patents to support his claims, he testifies that "was omitted from authorship and was not recognized as the true original inventor of Google products." So where does Apple and Laurene Powel Jobs come in? Well, you'll have to read this case for yourself to find out. But I warn you, this is a bizarre case. I have no idea how this ever got to court and the rambling that you're about read is insane; though perhaps its pure genius and I just didn't get it. You be the judge.
David Yastrab, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple in California. Much of the complaint revolves around iOS 7 issues and the "Grayed out Issue" in particular. It's clear that many Apple fans were not happy about their iOS 7 experience and so this lawsuit shouldn't come as a surprise. Whether the suit is worth more than $5 million dollars remains to be seen. Our report focuses on the "Nature of the Action" which provides a detailed yet narrowed overview of the lawsuit.