Google said that the claims involved in the patent case don’t relate to the core software. But if Samsung is forced to stop selling its smartphones and tablets in the U.S., as Apple is expected to request, the number of Android shipments could suffer.
Apple’s victory in court sends Samsung’s stock down 7 percent, its greatest one-day decline in four years.
It’s fitness gadget maker against fitness gadget maker. In February 2012, BodyMedia, maker of the FIT armbands that promote weight loss and health, filed a patent infringement civil action against competing fitness gadget maker Basis. On Monday of this week, three months after the suit was filed in court, BodyMedia served the lawsuit to Basis. Thursday, Basis countered back, telling BodyMedia that its lawsuit claims are invalid.
Chinese antitrust and competition authorities have approved Google’s deal to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion dollars, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. The merger, which was announced nine months ago in August 2011, will likely close next week.
Apple is being accused of patent infringement in China.
Poor Apple. Those guys just can’t win. Especially in a certain German court, where they tried to sue Samsung over the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet and Galaxy Nexus phone.
Between patent licensing fees (payable to Microsoft) and patent lawsuits (brought by Apple), Android device manufacturers just can’t catch a break.
Barnes & Noble has appealed to U.S. regulators to put a stop to Microsoft’s collection of patent royalties for Android devices.
Samsung may be gearing up for a massive, anti-Apple offensive as the iPhone 5 release date draws nearer.
Google’s announcement this morning that it’s acquiring Motorola may have come as a surprise, but it certainly makes a lot of sense: Google has been wanting to get its hands on a stash of mobile patents for months, and it’s finally got them with Motorola.
Opening a new front in a wider intellectual property war, Apple is suing Samsung, alleging that the Korean company’s Galaxy phones and tablets violate Apple patents and trademarks.