News from Zurich this morning states that technology group Kudelski said its OpenTV and Nagravision subsidiaries have filed a lawsuit against Apple in a court in northern California alleging the iPhone maker has infringed five U.S. patents. On March 28, 2010 OpenTV became a fully owned subsidiary of the NAGRA Kudelski Group – Nagravision.
St. Lawrence Communications has filed a major patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung involving five patents. All five inventions were originally filed under VoiceAge Corporation that have been recognized as a pioneer in speech and audio compression for the modern mobile phone by the ITU, ISO, ETSI, 3GPP2 and others. The products allegedly infringing upon these five patents are extensive. They include Samsung's HD Voice phones including the Galaxy Light; Galaxy Note; Galaxy Note II; Galaxy Note 3; Galaxy S 4G; Galaxy S II; Galaxy S III; Galaxy S4; and the Galaxy S5.
Priceplay Inc. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns two specific Priceplay patents. The company alleges that Google's Cost-Per-Click" bidding and "Quality Score"/"Ad Rank" systems relating to "AdWords" infringe upon their intellectual property.
The next round in the Apple-Samsung patent infringement war begins this week. Yesterday we presented a video that Samsung doesn't want the jurors to see from the Federal Judicial Center, as it all but screams out that Apple is a leading US inventor. In a trial where Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages for copying features of its iPhone, the stakes are higher than they were in the first trial. So much so that Google will be making its first appearance in the US courtroom battle between the smartphone rivals in the hopes of tipping the US jury's perspective of the trail being about the US vs. Korea.
A Tokyo District Court ruled today that Apple won't have to pay damages to Samsung Electronics Co. and didn't infringe on patents for certain products. Specifically, Tokyo District Court Judge Koji Hasegawa said Apple's iPhone 4s, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 don't infringe on data communication patents of Samsung, according to a statement from the court.
Roland Chambers from South Carolina has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Apple, Amazon and CD Baby over 12 original pieces of copyrighted sound recordings and two pieces of original artwork for the album cover. Chambers is looking for Apple to pay the larger amount. In total, the plaintiff is seeking an insane amount of over 5.2 billion dollars. I don't think that the Rolling Stones entire collection would cost that much. Then again, everyone has the right to have their day in court.
In FOSS Patents latest legal report, he notes that "Apple's damages theory for the trial that will begin on March 31 is an objective insanity, and I say so even though Judge Koh allowed Apple to present it to the jury. Mueller further stated in his recent post that he faces the first situation in which he doesn't merely disagree with Apple but is wondering whether or not it has "lost its mind."
Today, ZiiLabs Inc., Ltd. (formerly known as 3DLabs Inc., Ltd) announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung and Apple. The lawsuit alleges that certain products of Samsung (including various Galaxy phones and tablets, and laptops) and Apple (including various ranges of the iPhone and iPad, iMac and MacBook Pro) infringe a number of ZiiLabs patents.
A new Class Action lawsuit has been filed against Apple by Floridian David New for failing to design a Point of Sale device that is accessible and usable by blind people. Interestingly, nowhere in the lawsuit is there any mention that David New or his attorneys attempted to contact Apple with their specific concerns or to find out what new technologies that Apple may be working on for the disabled, specifically for the Apple Store. Apple is the leader in the technology industry for providing the disabled with tools and special education to assist their endeavors of using modern technology in their daily lives. Furthermore, nowhere in the lawsuit does it name another technology company with a similar storefront that currently has a solution to this problem. Does the Sony Store have such a solution for the disabled? Does Best Buy have a solution? Some tools just take a little more time to come to market. In the end, they may have barked up the wrong tree in suing Apple on this front because Apple has a proven track record of designing and delivering the very best tools for the disabled in the industry and are always designing new tools for the future.
A patent troll by the name of Penovia LLC has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit claims that Apple's iPad infringes their acquired patent that's about a maintenance technique that monitors office machine status without personal attention. This is the typical type of case that the Federal Trade Commission is now studying to find ways to assist tech companies from having to waste their time fighting such suits.
In December Congress 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 sponsored the bill which won strong bipartisan support in passing by a 325-91 vote. We're now learning that the Senate Bill Targeting Patent Trolls is on the Fast Track.
MAZ Encryption Technologies, a document security firm, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iOS security system and architecture. This is their second patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in the past year. This time around, the lawsuit extends to security technology behind Apple's new iPhone biometric security feature Touch ID.
On the February 15 we reported that IPCom who was suing Apple for US$2.2 billion dollars was seeking documents from Apple in a California Subpoena. It was reported at the time that Samsung and Google lawyers were to represent the licensing firm against Apple. Well, that didn't help any being that the German Court threw out the case today finding that there was no infringement.