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Apple's Siri voice recognition technology target of patent lawsuit

01/21/2016, 12:01 am

Dot 23 Technologies, a non-practicing entity located in Texas, is looking to take Apple to trial for implementing Siri into the iPhone platform, alleging the virtual assistant's voice dialing and geolocation capabilities infringe upon three patents.

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Apple wins US ban of Samsung software features, only affects obsolete products

01/19/2016, 01:01 am

After months of back-and-forth litigation, Apple won a US sales ban against certain Samsung software features found in infringement of three patents, though the ruling has no real bearing on either company's business.

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Pharrell in legal trouble over Beats 1 show OTHERtone

01/13/2016, 09:01 am

A long-running legal battle between music producer Pharrell and a group of former business associates has recently expanded to include OTHERtone, a show the artist hosts on Apple's Beats 1 streaming network.

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Lawyer filing class action case against Apple called "manifestly incompetent" by federal judge

01/08/2016, 03:01 pm

A class action lawsuit claiming that AppleCare service plans were a "fraudulent and unlawful scheme" has been rejected by U.S. District Judge William Orrick, who portrayed the case as a contrived invention "for the purpose of initiating this lawsuit."

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Class action lawsuit claims Fitbit's heart rate monitoring isn't accurate enough

01/06/2016, 04:01 pm

A new class action lawsuit is accusing Fitbit of misleading shoppers about the heart rate sensors in two of its flagship fitness trackers, the Charge HR and the Surge.

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Lawsuit alleges Apple feigned partnership with Valencell to glean key Apple Watch heart rate sensor tech

01/04/2016, 05:01 pm

Apple is being accused of soliciting critical information from biometrics firm Valencell, received prototypes and feigned interest in a partnership before ultimately implementing unauthorized patented tech in the Apple Watch heart rate sensor.

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Lawsuit seeks more than $5M from Apple for slowing older iPhones with iOS 9 upgrade

12/29/2015, 07:12 pm

A class action lawsuit lodged with a New York district court on Tuesday dredges up claims that Apple engages in planned obsolescence, saying the company knew of potential compatibility issues when it foisted its latest iOS 9 software update on iPhone 4s owners.

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New lawsuit demands $150M from Spotify for failing to pay license holders

12/29/2015, 05:12 pm

In an escalation of the battle over streaming royalties, a new class action lawsuit is asking for at least $150 million in damages from Spotify for allegedly streaming songs without proper licensing.

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Court dismisses scaled-back lawsuit over texts misdirected by Apple's iMessage

12/23/2015, 09:12 am

A U.S. federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Apple over the company's iMessage system, which can misdirect texts once iPhone owners switch over to Android, a report said on Wednesday.

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Ericsson settlement could help improve iPhone margins for Apple, Wells Fargo says

12/21/2015, 12:12 pm

A new global cross-patent licensing agreement between Apple and Ericsson could help improve gross margins on the iPhone going forward, further padding Apple's bottom line, according to a new analysis.

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Apple, Ericsson end legal battle with new patent licensing agreement

12/21/2015, 09:12 am

Swedish telecoms firm Ericsson announced a fresh patent licensing agreement with Apple on Monday, finally resolving a year-long legal fight between the two companies.

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Apple slapped with class action suit over iPhone 5/5s data leakage

12/17/2015, 10:12 pm

A group of disgruntled iPhone owners filed a lawsuit against Apple on Thursday for allegedly concealing a defect that caused iPhone 5 and 5s models to switch away from Wi-Fi to cellular data without users' knowledge, resulting in high cellular bills.

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ParkerVision files ITC complaint, patent lawsuit against Apple over RF technology

12/16/2015, 07:12 pm

ParkerVision, an RF technologies research and development firm, this week filed a U.S. International Trade Commission complaint and accompanying lawsuit against Apple, Samsung, LG and Qualcomm for allegedly infringing upon certain wireless networking patents.

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Samsung appeals $548M Apple patent verdict to the U.S. Supreme Court

12/14/2015, 02:12 pm

In a bid to reduce or eliminate the $548 million the company has been forced to pay rival Apple over a patent dispute, Samsung on Friday filed a petition to have its appeal heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Samsung agrees to pay Apple $548M in patent row

12/04/2015, 03:12 am

After years of trials, retrials and appeals galore, Samsung on Thursday said it has agreed to pay Apple $548 million for infringing on the Cupertino, Calif., company's patents.

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Authors Guild, Barnes & Noble, others file brief supporting Apple in Supreme Court appeal of e-book antitrust case

12/03/2015, 11:12 am

Several organizations -- the Authors Guild, Authors United, Barnes & Noble, and the American Booksellers Association -- have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, backing Apple in its attempt to appeal a 2013 antitrust case over e-book deals.

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Patent monetization firm Papst Licensing sets sights on Apple over data transfer tech

11/30/2015, 07:11 pm

Apple is once again in the legal crosshairs of a non-practicing entity, this time as part of a lawsuit leveled by patent monetization firm Papst, which claims iPhone, iPad and iPod infringe on four owned properties relating to data transfer technology.

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Apple wins DRM patent lawsuit leveled by ContentGuard

11/20/2015, 06:11 pm

Apple came out unscathed from a legal battle involving digital rights management IP owned by ContentGuard, a subsidiary of non-practicing entity Pendrell Corp. that sued the iPhone maker for infringing on five patents.

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Apple hit with second class action lawsuit over Wi-Fi Assist data overages

11/13/2015, 09:11 pm

Apple was hit with another class action lawsuit over iOS 9's new Wi-Fi Assist feature on Friday, with plaintiffs seeking a jury trial for damages in excess of $5 million.

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Judge dismisses Apple Store employee 'bag check' class action lawsuit

11/08/2015, 07:11 am

A California federal judge on Saturday tossed out a class action lawsuit brought against Apple by employees claiming the company's anti-theft measures, specifically "demeaning" bag checks instituted in 2009, resulted in lost wages.

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