Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California has made another ruling that is in favor of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Judge Koh is overseeing two patent cases between Apple and Samsung. Judge Koh determined that Samsung was infringing on an Apple patent that involves autocompletion on a keyboard. Apple holds the rights to showing both the word that has been typed with suggested autocompletes words at the same time. Samsung would likely have to pay a fine regarding this patent unless they can get it invalidated during a trial in the spring. But that’s not all…
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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (KRX:005930) and Apple are entering court against each other once again after a hiatus for several months. This new trial is not about whether Samsung is infringing on Apple’s patents. Instead, it is going to focus on how much Samsung has to pay in damages.
The Walt Disney Company subsidiaries Lucasfilm and Pixar have settled a lawsuit that involves them in being a part of a consortium of Silicon Valley companies to not poach workers from rival companies, according to a bier order released by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh. Judge Koh said that she received a letter from lawyers in the case disclosing that the two companies settled their part of a contested case, which leaves five companies in the litigation.
Remember when Samsung Electronics was ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion? Apple asked Judge Lucy Koh to have that amount tripled, but she denied that request. However Samsung was also denied the right to have a new trial even though it was determined that the company did not willfully infringe Apple’s iPad patents.
Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Had Threatened To Sue Palm Over Patents If They Kept Poaching His Employees
In a civil lawsuit that was filed against by five technology workers against Apple, Google, Intel, and other companies, it was revealed that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had threatened to file a patent lawsuit against Palm if they did not agree to stop poaching his employees. The five employees allege that this was an illegal conspiracy to eliminate competition for each other’s employees and drove down wages. These tech companies tried to keep documents around employee retention secret. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh had rejected parts of that request.
Samsung Electronics will not be able to keep sales data on some of their products sealed in a U.S. patent dispute with Apple. Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose denied Samsung’s request to keep the sales data secret. Samsung is appealing a sealing order from earlier. Apple won a $1.05 billion lawsuit against Samsung on August 24th when a jury ruled that Samsung infringed 6 Apple patents around technology and design.
Samsung Electronics is abandoning their attempts to seek a sales ban on the Apple iPhone and iPad in Europe based on patents related to wireless standards. This may be a way for Samsung to stop regulators from investigating Samsung’s use of the standard wireless patents. Earlier this week Judge Lucy Koh refused to block the sales of dozens of Samsung mobile devices that a jury found violated numerous Apple patents.
Even though a court in California ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $1 billion, Apple still wants more. In a motion that was filed this past Friday, Apple requested Judge Lucy Koh to pay an additional $707 million in damages. This would bring the amount close to $2 billion. Apple filed a 43-page motion that requested a permanent sales ban on 26 Samsung smartphones and tablets.