Late yesterday, Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over two Apple v. Samsung patent cases in the Northern District of California, issued a summary judgment order which found Samsung's Android-based devices to infringe an Apple patent on word recommendations (autocomplete) and declared a Samsung patent on multimedia synchronization invalid.
In June 2013 there was a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Cellular Communications Equipment LLC against HTC, LG, ZTE, BlackBerry and Pantech. The patents in that suit which originated with Nokia and Siemens Networks were noted as being owned by Acacia, a patent licensing firm. Cellular Communications Equipment (CCE), a subsidiary of Acacia, is now setting their legal eyes squarely on Apple in a new lawsuit that includes the wireless carriers who redistribute Apple's iPhones (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile USA and others.). Interestingly, four out of the five patents in this lawsuit are associated with essential patents used by the 3GPP member organization. In today's report we provide you with an overview of the lawsuit while providing you with all of the important links back to each of the patents noted in this case for the legal minds amongst us who wish to delve into each of the patent claims that are noted in all five counts against Apple.
A new Class Action lawsuit has been filed against Apple in Boston Massachusetts by Plaintiffs Adam Christensen, Jeffrey Scolnick, and William Farrell individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated. The lawsuit revolves around Apple demanding the collection of Personal Identification Information (PII) in order to conclude a sale which is against Massachusetts law. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Apple illegally sells consumer's PII without compensating them for it.
A Non-Practicing Entity known as Red Pine Point has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple and Magnolia, a movie distributor. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iDevices like the iPad and Apple TV distributing movies like Best Man Down for viewing before the movie is publicly available for viewing in theaters or on DVD.
Melissa Pettignano has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Apple along with others including Amazon, Google, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Sony. Ms. Pettignano has licensed the rights to publish her book in print version only, but explicitly withheld the rights to publish her book, Suzanne Lantana, in electronic book ("e-book") format. Yet somehow each defendant's online store is offering the book.
Yesterday we reported on Apple still being one of the top targets of Patent Trolls and today we're learning that New York State is stepping up their war against Patent Trolls as well. The Wall Street Journal confirms today that New York's attorney general is joining the likes of Apple, Google, Congress and the White House in their battle against Patent Trolls.
On December 5, 2013, The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the "Innovation Act" bill aimed at discouraging frivolous lawsuits by patent holders. The move was backed by companies like Apple, IBM, Cisco and Google. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte won strong bipartisan support in passing by a 325-91 vote. At the time, Goodlatte stated that the bill "takes meaningful steps to address the abusive practices that have damaged our patent system and resulted in significant economic harm to our nation." In 2013 Non Practicing Entities (NPEs) filed a total of 3,134 patent lawsuits against global technology firms, up 18 percent from 2,652 cases tallied a year earlier, the data also showed. The latest statistics once again reveal that Apple remained one of the top targets of patent trolls in 2013.
It's come to light that on Monday Google filed a declaratory judgment lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Rockstar and its MobileStar Technologies subsidiary over the seven patents-in-suit in the Android OEM cases. Google believes that Rockstar's campaign against them is designed to harm, if not destroy, Android. Google cranks up the volume in their complaint before the court against the Rockstar Consortium in the hopes of getting the trial transferred from Texas to California. A patent expert weighs in on the matter and finds that Google is clearly hypocritical when the shoe is on the other foot.
Apple is suing Oracle for breach of contract. By the terms of the Technology License Agreement, Oracle is and has been obligated to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Apple from and against all claims of patent infringement related to the Ethernet technology supplied by Oracle to Apple. Oracle has provided no assurance that it will meet its indemnification obligations and has not met such obligations to date. Oracle has not defended or indemnified Apple in the Lawsuit. Apple had filed a "Third-Party" Complaint against Oracle a "Third Party" Defendant within the U.S. Ethernet Innovations case against Apple and some 16 other technology companies including the likes of Dell, Acer, Sony and Asus. The Judge in the Ethernet Innovations case is now severing the Apple vs. Oracle action from the main case.
Back in May, Thailand's Online News Providers Association (SONP) filed a lawsuit against Apple at the Thai Central Intellectual Property and International Trade court for allowing an app into the iOS App Store that breaches the nation's news copyright and trademark laws. Today the suit was settled.
In a new discovery matter, Motorola filed a motion to compel document production and deposition from Nuance Communications, Inc. yesterday relating to their patent infringement case against Apple regarding patent 7,243,072 titled "Providing assistance to a subscriber device over a network. Motorola seeks to depose Nuance. Their motion states that "The information that Motorola seeks from Nuance is narrowly focused and important to the pending Florida action." Yet Nuance refuses to comply stating that the discovery is irrelevant.