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.
More than 100,000 companies were threatened in 2012 alone with infringement suits by businesses whose sole mission is to extract royalty revenue, according to a White House report. Those entities, called pejoratively "patent trolls" by critics, filed 19 percent of all patent lawsuits from 2007 to 2011, according to the Government Accountability Office. In December, the U.S. overwhelmingly passed the "Innovation Act" against patent trolls. Today in Washington, the justices debated how best to deter meritless suits as they weighed in on the rules that govern fee awards in patent litigation. Apple and Google are among the companies urging the court to lower the bar for fee awards.
New out of Shanghai today states that Apple is suing a Chinese government agency and a domestic company by the name of Zhizhen over patent rights for its "Siri" personal assistant. The Beijing Number one Intermediate People's Court will hear the case on Thursday
Patent Assertion EntityTLI Communications has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple products and processes that are used to capture, upload, store and organize the digital images it receives from mobile devices having telephones.
It was reported this week that patent holding company IPCom, based in Munich, has sued mobile-device makers globally over mobile technology it acquired from Robert Bosch GmbH in 2007 to collect license fees. The company is now specifically suing Apple for 1.57 Billion Euro (US $2.2 Billion). FOSS Patents interestingly noted that Samsung and Google lawyers are to represent the licensing firm against Apple. Bloomberg's report noted that "Apple's lawyer Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont argued the language of the patent is restricted to one bit while the 3G standard uses three bits. The court shouldn't allow an interpretation that goes beyond the actual language the patent was granted for." Patently Apple has now learnt that IPCom has filed an ex parte for an order in California allowing them to obtain targeted discovery from Apple to be used in their case in Germany. Our report provides you with an overview of IPCom's filing.