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Topic: lawsuits

Apple's 'slide to unlock' patent invalidated by German court

04/04/2013, 06:04 pm

As part of an ongoing German patent struggle, Motorola on Thursday won a ruling from the country's Federal Patent Court, which said found all claims of Apple's "slide to unlock" user interface property invalid, though the decision can be appealed.

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Lodsys lawsuit targets Disney over 'Where's My Water?' iPhone app

04/03/2013, 02:04 pm

Lodsys' two-year campaign to secure licensing fees from iOS app developers took another turn today as the holdings company targeted entertainment giant Disney, alleging patent infringement in Disney's apps, including the popular "Where's My Water?"

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Apple sued over 'EarPods' trademark by hearing aid company

04/02/2013, 07:04 pm

A digital hearing aid company has filed suit against Apple, claiming that the EarPod headphones the iPhone maker sells violate the trademark of a similarly named product: HearPods.

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Key claim in Apple's 'rubber-banding' patent still found invalid in final Patent Office action

04/02/2013, 01:04 am

In a statement filed by Samsung to the Apple v. Samsung court on Monday, the Korean company noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled claim 19 of Apple's "rubber-banding" patent was invalid in a final Office action, a finding that could change the direction of the post-trial proceedings.

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State-owned Chinese film studio sues Apple for $500,000 over App Store downloads

03/29/2013, 09:03 am

Tensions between Apple and China's government appeared to mount on Friday, with news emerging of a state-owned film production company having filed suit against the iPhone maker, seeking just over half a million dollars in damages.

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Chinese company sues Apple for patent infringement with Siri

03/27/2013, 10:03 am

Apple showed up in a Shanghai court on Wednesday on the receiving end of a patent suit, with a Chinese company alleging that the Siri digital assistant featured in iPhones and iPads is based on software that infringes its patents.

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Apple points out possible $85M court error in order vacating Samsung damages

03/27/2013, 01:03 am

In a court filing on Tuesday, Apple claims Judge Lucy Koh made an error in vacating part of the $1.02 billion in damages awarded by the Apple v. Samsung trial jury, noting that two of Samsung's products look to be subject to the verdict.

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Samsung hopes new jury trial with Apple will nullify patent infringement of 14 products

03/21/2013, 09:03 am

With 40 percent of the billion-dollar patent infringement verdict against it put on hold, Samsung is now asking for the court to appoint a new jury to determine whether 14 of its products infringed Apple's products at all a move that could lead to a lower overall monetary judgment.

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Apple gets support from Microsoft and Intel in CAFC appeal of Motorola patent case

03/20/2013, 07:03 pm

In two separate filings on Wednesday, Microsoft and Intel voiced their support of Apple in an appeal before the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals regarding the dismissal of a patent suit involving Google's Motorola.

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Sony, Phillips backed Intertrust sues Apple for alleged patent infringement

03/20/2013, 03:03 pm

Intertrust Technologies, a company owned almost entirely by Sony and Philips, has filed suit against Apple, claiming that the iPhone maker has violated 15 Intertrust patents with the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple's Mac line of computers.

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Foreign governments getting into profitable US 'patent troll' business

03/20/2013, 09:03 am

So-called "patent trolls" can earn millions of dollars by being a costly thorn in the side of companies like Apple. Now, the governments of countries including South Korea and France have shown interest in getting into that business to protect domestic firms, and also potentially make money.

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Apple could face penalties for bungling document handling in privacy suit

03/19/2013, 09:03 pm

A U.S. judge on Tuesday scolded Apple for not handing over important documents pertaining to an ongoing privacy suit, inviting plaintiffs to level sanctions against the Cupertino tech giant for what was called "unacceptable conduct."

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EU again points finger at Apple over warranty rights

03/19/2013, 10:03 am

The European Union's Justice Commissioner singled out Apple on Tuesday as an example of poor enforcement of consumer rules, saying that E.U. nations need to more forcefully take the iPhone maker to task regarding its responsibilities with regard to warranties.

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Apple sued by THX for allegedly misusing patented speaker tech in iPhone, iPad and iMac

03/16/2013, 12:03 am

THX, the sound innovation company founded by George Lucas, filed suit against Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, claiming that various models of the iPhone, iPad and iMac product lineups infringe on a single speaker patent for a "narrow profile speaker."

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Google calls Apple 'unwilling licensee' in bid for injunction over FRAND patent violations

03/15/2013, 07:03 pm

Google and Motorola on Thursday entered an initial filing with the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals over the dismissal of a patent suit against Apple, which saw a circuit court judge toss arguments from both parties in 2011.

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Google cites quote from Steve Jobs biography in attempt to win iPhone import ban

03/15/2013, 05:03 pm

In its attempts to garner an iPhone import ban from the U.S. ITC, Google continues to assert the viability of a Motorola utility patent regarding proximity sensors despite having the argument denied twice by an administrative law judge.

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Apple's Mexican 'iPhone' naming rights threatened as Supreme Court upholds 'iFone" ruling

03/15/2013, 05:03 pm

Apple's appeal to overturn a previous ruling against its sole ownership of the "iPhone" trademark in Mexico was rebuffed on Friday, with the Mexican Supreme Court saying a local tech company holds the official rights to the "iFone" name in the country.

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ITC delays decision on Samsung patent claims against Apple until May

03/13/2013, 06:03 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday announced that it will delay final judgment of assertions that Apple infringed on certain FRAND patents owned by Samsung when it made the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Judge rules Tim Cook must participate in 4-hour testimony for e-book suit

03/13/2013, 02:03 pm

The judge presiding over a government antitrust case against Apple's iBookstore has ruled that CEO Tim Cook must testify in the case.

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Apple close to resolving Brazilian iPhone trademark issues

03/10/2013, 09:03 pm

Apple reportedly is close to reaching an agreement with a Brazilian company that will see Apple granted the right to use the iPhone trademark in reference to consumer electronics in that country.

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