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Topic: lawsuits

German court rules against Apple 'swipe-to-unlock' patent protection

08/25/2015, 05:08 pm

Judges in a top German court ruled against Apple's European "swipe-to-unlock" patent on Tuesday, stating that it didn't meet high enough standards to secure patent protection.


Samsung to petition Supreme Court over Apple patent fight

08/19/2015, 06:08 pm

After being denied an en banc rehearing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit over a prior decision that kept intact Apple's multi-million dollar patent trial win, Samsung has voiced intent to argue the case in front of the Supreme Court.


USPTO finds Apple iPhone design patent invalid in court fight against Samsung

08/17/2015, 11:08 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month found an iPhone design patent successfully leveraged by Apple against Samsung in its first court action invalid on multiple counts, bringing Apple's $548 million damages award into question.


Judge denies group status for lawsuit targeting Apple over lost iMessage texts

08/05/2015, 10:08 am

A California lawsuit over texts lost in Apple's iMessage network can't proceed as a group case, a judge ruled, as it isn't clear all of the proposed members were impacted by a "contractual breach or interference" originating from iMessage.


Federal appeals court declines to stay Smartflash case against Apple

07/30/2015, 03:07 pm

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused to stay proceedings in Smartflash's patent lawsuit against Apple, potentially paving the way for Smartflash claiming recalculated damages.


Google, Facebook, others push for rehearing over damages in Apple v. Samsung patent case

07/20/2015, 10:07 pm

Google, Facebook, eBay, H-P and other Silicon Valley players, along with various interest groups, are asking the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals to rehear a decision that denied Samsung's plea for damage limitations in an ongoing patent lawsuit involving Apple.


Lawsuit over Apple Store employee bag checks becomes class action covering over 12,000 workers

07/16/2015, 04:07 pm

A long-running lawsuit over bag searches of Apple Store workers was certified as a class action on Thursday, broadening the potential impact to over 12,000 past and present retail staff.


Lawsuit targets Apple for directing 'iWatch' Google searches to Apple Watch page

07/14/2015, 11:07 am

A new lawsuit accuses Apple of improperly using Google ads to guide "iWatch" searches to its page for the Apple Watch, abusing a trademark it doesn't own, a report said on Tuesday.


Judge tosses Smartflash's $533M victory against Apple, damages to be retried

07/08/2015, 08:07 am

Months after a Texas jury ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to a product-less company that critics have dubbed a "patent troll," a judge has tossed out that decision, declaring that instructions given to the jury may have improperly affected the damage assessment.


Apple loses final e-books antitrust appeal, will pay $450M settlement [u]

06/30/2015, 11:06 am

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday confirmed a lower court's finding that Apple colluded with major publishers to raise the price of e-books following the launch of the iBookstore, putting the case to rest and clearing the way for distribution of a $450 million settlement.


Apple seeks over $15M in fees from patent holdings firm for 'frivolous' lawsuit

06/23/2015, 06:06 am

A federal court motion filed last Friday reveals Apple is looking to garnish more than $15 million in attorneys' fees and costs from non-practicing patent holdings firm Unwired Planet, which engaged in a series "kitchen-sink" lawsuits targeting iOS device connectivity features.


Samsung seeks rehearing of appeal over $400M patent infringement ruling

06/17/2015, 09:06 pm

Writing the next chapter of an ongoing feud with Apple, Samsung on Wednesday petitioned for a rehearing of a recent U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld nearly $400 million in damages for infringing Apple design patents.


Taiwan fines Apple $647K for forcing carriers to seek iPhone pricing approval

06/17/2015, 01:06 pm

Apple has lost a Taiwanese lawsuit accusing it of anti-competitive phone pricing tactics, and barring an appeal will be fined T$20 million, or a little over $647,000 U.S., a report said on Wednesday.


Apple removes cable maker Monster from MFi program in wake of Beats lawsuit

06/16/2015, 03:06 pm

Electronics maker Monster is no longer allowed to manufacture licensed "Made for iPhone" accessories and must stop selling its current stock by October, having been booted from Apple's certification program following a January lawsuit against Apple subsidiary Beats.


Jawbone sues Fitbit for 'systematically plundering' confidential data

05/28/2015, 11:05 am

Jawbone is suing rival fitness tracker maker Fitbit, accusing the latter of "systematically plundering" corporate secrets by hiring Jawbone workers who smuggled sensitive data before exiting the company.


Appeals court denies Apple's bid to remove antitrust monitor in e-books case

05/28/2015, 09:05 am

Apple's efforts to have antitrust compliance monitor Michael Bromwich removed from oversight of its business were denied on Wednesday, as an appeals court said the iBooks operator lacked sufficient reasoning to have him replaced.


Appeals court finds Samsung violated Apple's design patents, but not trade dress

05/18/2015, 09:05 am

An appeals court ruled on Monday that Samsung's $930 million penalty, stemming from its patent infringement suit with Apple, must be adjusted, in a mixed courtroom outcome for the iPhone maker.


Apple and car battery firm A123 on verge of settling job poaching lawsuit

05/13/2015, 11:05 am

Apple and battery maker A123 Systems are nearing the settlement of a federal lawsuit which accused the former of poaching engineers and scientists from A123 in an attempt to create a new battery division, according to court documents submitted this week.


This week in AppleInsider: 12.9" iPad Pro details, Beats Music woes, AppleBot & more

05/09/2015, 12:05 am

This week saw a number of details emerge about Apple's plans for a 12.9-inch iPad, a new Apple TV, and Web search. The company's efforts to relaunch Beats Music appeared to be running into roadblocks however, with word of incomplete deals, and even probes by two U.S. government agencies.


Ericsson turns patent royalty spat with Apple into an international incident

05/08/2015, 08:05 am

Months after taking Apple to court in the U.S., Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has filed separate but related lawsuits in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands accusing Apple of using Ericsson patents without a legitimate license.