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Apple Inc. Signs iphone Deal with China Mobile Limited
Dec 5 13
Apple Inc. and China Mobile Limited have inked a deal to offer iPhones on the colossal telecom firm's network in that country's coveted market.
U.S. Judge Dismisses Apple Consumer Lawsuit over Data Privacy
Nov 28 13
DSS Technology Management, Inc. Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Apple
Nov 27 13
DSS Technology Management Inc. announced that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. At issue are patents that relate to the use of wireless peripheral devices. DSS's complaint alleges infringement by Apple of United States Patents 6,128,290 and 5,699,357, both of which are entitled 'Personal Data Network' and which disclose systems and methods of using low power wireless peripheral devices. DSS Technology Management acquired the '290 and '357 Patents during third quarter of 2013 as part of an effort to expand DSS's patent portfolio to enable DSS's secure facilities monitoring product, Sensorshield, and to support R&D to develop dedicated peripheral devices that run AuthentiSuite, DSS's digital brand protection platform. The complaint identifies use of the 290 and 357 Patents by Apple in a range of product lines, including computer products sold under the MacPro(R), Mac Mini(R) and iMac(R) brands and consumer electronics sold under the iPhone(R), iPad(R), iPod Touch(R) and iPod Nano(R) brands.
Apple Wins Patent Fight Against Samsung in Germany
Nov 22 13
Mannheim Regional Court in Germany issued a stay in a patent infringement case Samsung had filed against Apple. This brings the sum total of Samsung SEP victories against Apple to precisely zero. As a further fun note, the decision was handed down in Germany just eight hours after a jury awarded Apple $290 million in damages for Samsung infringement on Apple patents in the U.S. The patent in question is EP1679803, a 'method for configuring gain factors for uplink service in radio telecommunication system. It is part of the 3G standard, but there is a parallel court case deciding an invalidation action before the Federal Patent Court of Germany. In that case, the court has so far found that while an infringement by Apple was likely, the patent was also likely to be invalid. That led the Mannheim Regional Court to stay its case, where Samsung is seeking damages for Apple's infringement. At the heart of all this mess is Samsung's efforts to demand unprecedented licensing fees from Apple based on its SEPs in order to force Apple to license its non-SEPs to Samsung. That strategy has failed, miserably, and has landed Samsung in the crosshairs of regulatory bodies in the U.S. and Europe concerned about SEP-abuse. In this particular case, Samsung seems likely to not only fail to win a licensing fee for its patent, it's likely to have its patent declared invalid. Samsung wouldn't be richer. In fact, Samsung would be billions of dollars poorer, and that's because Samsung has made billions more in profits from copying Apple. That makes the loss of SEP royalties and $930 million damage awards just a cost of doing business.
Apple Reportedly Eyes PrimeSense; PrimeSens Denies
Nov 18 13
Apple Inc. (NasdaqGS:AAPL) is known to be acquiring PrimeSense Ltd. for $345 million and will announce the deal in the coming weeks, Calcalist reported. However, PrimeSense told Business Insider in a statement: "PrimeSense is the leading 3D technology in the market. We are focused on building a prosperous company while bringing 3D sensing and Natural Interaction to the mass market in a variety of markets such as interactive living room and mobile devices. We do not comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing and we do not relate to rumors or recycled rumors."