In 2010 Patently Apple was first to report that an Israeli company by the name of Emblaze Ltd., maker of the advanced "Else" smartphone, filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. for patent infringement. The lawsuit involves a single patent relating to real-time broadcasting over a network that the company claims is used without license by Apple in their iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and QuickTime X in Snow Leopard. Today that trial began in San Jose.
Microsoft has launched a Copyright lawsuit against Ocean Enterprises and Alex Sumetsky in Minnesota. In the bigger picture it's about software piracy. Our report provides you with a detailed overview of Microsoft's case along with the latest statistics from The Software Alliance (BSA) that was published this week. The BSA's membership includes Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and others.
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through people’s cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights. Police agencies had argued that searching through the data on cell phones was no different than asking someone to turn out his pockets, but the justices rejected that, saying a cell phone is more fundamental. The ruling amounts to a 21st century update to legal understanding of privacy rights.
Canada's WiLAN has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple alleging that Apple infringes five of their patents. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's alleged use of WiLAN's 4G and LTE technologies found in most of Apple's products. Over 130 companies including Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia and BlackBerry license WiLAN's technology. WiLAN invented this technology, so this isn't a case brought on by a patent troll. WiLAN notes in their complaint that they met with Apple on June 16 to iron out an agreement. Three days later, on June 19, rather than provide dates for a meeting, Apple initiated litigation against WiLAN, a Declaratory Judgment, in the Northern District of California involving the five 4G patents asserted in this action in a clear attempt at gamesmanship to remove this matter from this Court. WiLAN lashes out at Apple in their complaint before the court mocking Apple's litigation with Samsung for simpleton inventions such as "curved shape of the corners of the icons used in its displays." They also made the point that Steve Jobs stated in a PBS documentary entitled "Triumph of the Nerds," that "We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." Noting Apple's actions, this is obviously going to be a bitterly fought battle to the end. This Report was updated at 9:40 AM PST and again at 11:15 PST
Last Friday United States Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal ordered Samsung and their attorney Quinn Emanuel (QE) to pay Apple and Nokia all costs and fees incurred in litigating a motion regarding the leaking of confidential materials. The amount that is to be paid to Apple in the next 30 days is $893,825.77. The amount owed to Nokia is $1,145.027.95. Update: While "M" is a symbol for a "Thousand", it's also a symbol for a million. The byline has been changed to better reflect the reality of this report.
Microsoft's case to prevent the United States government from using search warrants to demand data that is not stored in the United States has picked up a number of high-profile backers. Although Verizon, AT&T and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are supporting Microsoft's position, it was Apple and Cisco's legal teams that filed a joint amicus brief with the court in the Southern District of New York late on Friday. Apple makes the case that it offers iCloud services to customers for storing photos, contacts, calendars, documents and more. Because some of those servers are located outside the United States, Apple is subject to, or may become subject to, various foreign laws regarding data transfer. Apple further noted that "neither the broad economic interests nor the political interests of the United States will be served if foreign citizens believe that they are better off not doing business with U.S. based companies" – due to the overreach of US government search warrants.
After the latest Patent Infringement case against Samsung was over we posted a report titled "Apple Wins Patent Infringement Case against Samsung that could be Worth More than $360 Million when this is all Over." Our report made the case that Samsung's infringement was "willful" and that the legal term meant that the Plaintiff-Apple could seek a treble or a tripling of the damages awarded. We made the case that Apple was using very specific language in their statements after the trial that supported that position. Well, Apple has filed a JMOL for Retrial where they are in fact seeking treble damages from Samsung.
At the top of this month we posted a report titled "Apple & Laurene Powel Jobs Dragged into a bizarre $32 Billion Dollar Lawsuit." That was one of the craziest cases that I've ever heard against Apple, until now. Apple is being sued by Michael Samsung. The allegations are so off-the-wall that I'm sure that you'll be choking with laughter over your breakfast or with your friends later tonight over drinks. If I didn't know it was an actual court filing, I'd swear it was a rough copy of a new comedy skit. Laugh or cry, check out the Tennessee lawsuit filing below.
Uriel Marcus of San Jose California and Benedict Verceles of Houston Texas, by and through their attorneys, bring a Class Action lawsuit against Apple over faulty MacBook (Pro and Air) logic boards that continue to be sold until this day. According to the complaint, 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." It was interesting to discover that the law firm that's behind this latest Class Action lawsuit was also the one behind a 2012 Class Action against Apple on the very same subject matter.
Plaintiffs Adam Backhaut and Bouakhay Joy Backhaut of Macomb County, Michigan and Kenneth Morris of Riverside County, California have launched a Class Action against Apple in San Jose. The case is about Apple's iMessage not delivering text messages to Android smartphones. This latest Class Action lawsuit was filed yesterday – just one day after Californian Adrienne Moore filed her Class Action against Apple over the very same issue.
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.