Posts Tagged ‘Patent infringement’
Nintendo guilty of 3D patent infringement.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 05:20 Written by LoganDX Thursday, 14 March 2013 07:00
A judge just dropped the bomb on Nintendo, finding the gaming giant guilty of patent infringement for the 3D tech they use in their popular 3DS. A former Sony guru, Seijiro Tomita, sued Big N for a patent over tech he built and demonstrated to honchos way back in 2003. The company obviously denies the charges.
Tomita wanted $9.80 for every 3DS Nintendo sold, an amount that would have netted him a hair over $292 million. The judge instead awarded him damages of a much smaller $30.2 million. Nintendo has kept mum on the situation but we can be safe in assuming they will appeal the decision. It would be proper of them just to pay the man but we all know that’s not how it works in corporate settings.
What do you geeks think Nintendo will do? Set those comments on fire after the break!
Apple cross examined by judge: “Are you smoking crack?”
Last Updated on Monday, 22 October 2012 06:50 Written by LoganDX Thursday, 16 August 2012 03:32
Judge Lucy Koh has been making waves for the way she’s handled the Apple v Samsung patent case. Plenty of internet analysts have accused her of being on Apple’s payroll, hating Android, got a mad hurt on for Samsung, etc. After her latest display of judicial might, one might begin to wonder if she hates both parties.
Apple presented to the judge a whopping 75 page brief detailing over 22 witnesses they *could* call for rebuttal for any of Samsung’s case. Her Honor gave Apple a verbal thrashing, ending with the soon to be a meme comment - ”unless you’re smoking crack you know these witnesses aren’t going to be called!” Apple’s attorney denied the use of crack with a well thought out lawyer type comment - ”First, your honor, I’m not smoking crack. I can promise you that.” The legal team then promised to cut down the list to a more time responsible length.
As both parties continued to bicker back and forth, Judge Koh lost her temper once more - ”I’m billing time because you all are being unreasonable”. Both Apple and Samsung will lose precious time in front of the jury arguing their case because the judge was tired of the back and forth. You would think both would tone it down, if they want to win that is.
Google nets a victory over Oracle in Android patent infringement lawsuit
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 02:54 Written by Ty Abonil Friday, 25 May 2012 03:30
Bloomberg has reported that a federal jury- in the second phase of an intellectual-property trial- has found that Google didn’t infringe on patents held by Oracle. On August 12, 2010, Oracle had sued Google for copyright and patent infringement over Mountain View’s implementation of the Java-like Dalvik virtual machine, a key technology used by the Android operating system. The first part of the trial, which ended May 7, dealt with whether Google had infringed on Oracle’s copyrights. A jury found that they had, but were deadlocked on whether the infringement constituted fair use. On Wednesday, the second part of the trial wrapped up with a jury finding that Google did not infringe on any patents. As a result, the third part of the trial, where damages for the patent infringements would have been determined, won’t be necessary.
The net/net is that Google is currently on the hook for a paltry $150,000 for two copyright infringements. For comparison and a little schadenfreude , Oracle had first reported the value of the infringements worth as much as $6B, proceeded to file a suit at a $2.6B valuation, and finally went to trial with a $30M price tag. Of course, this may not be the end of it; though one would have to question Oracle’s wisdom of incurring any more legal fees at this stage. Brian Love, an Intellectual Property attorney interviewed by Bloomberg, sums it up pretty succinctly “This case is maybe something like a near disaster for Oracle”
Hit the break for a little more background on the Oracle/Sun/Java saga and why Oracle called “shenanigans” on Google.
Samsung loses patent lawsuit in Australia, Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 October 2011 02:42 Written by LoganDX Friday, 14 October 2011 05:00
Apple has emerged victorious in the patent lawsuit they brought against Samsung in Australia on Thursday. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will not be sold down under due to the patents the court ruled it infringed on owned by Apple. Samsung had already halted advertising and selling the tablet until the court made its decision.
Samsung had originally reached out to Apple last month, trying to settle the matter by tweaking certain parts of the Galaxy Tab to avoid infringement but the Jobs-less company tossed that idea in the trash. The big loser here is the customer with Apple trying to sue almost anybody who sells a touchscreen tablet or smartphone. I believe in upholding patents but really Apple? Many would say the iPhone 4S has ripped off many of the features found in the Android OS. Maybe Google should start firing back for fun.