According to Yonhap News, Samsung has dropped a patent lawsuit against LG over an LCD technology that the latter has allegedly encroached on. These two have been involved in a year-long legal battle over their LCD and even OLED technologies, but Samsung looks like it is withdrawing its claim against LG and would like things to get settled out of court.
In another news from Yonhap, LG is considering waging a new legal battle against the Korean giant for patent infringement over "their" eye tracking technology, which they have allegedly patented since way before Samsung ever thought of using the said technology.
Let's wait if LG carries on with its eye tracking patent-infringement claims now that Samsung has agreed to settle things regarding LG's LCD blunder. Looks like these two will likely work things out instead.
Requested by a UK court, Apple has posted a tiny link in the footer of https://www.apple.com/uk The notice acknowledges the judgement that Samsung hadn't infringed on the iPad design making use of their Galaxy Tab. The written text of the notice starts:
On 9th July 2012 the top Court of Justice of England ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited's Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 usually do not infringe Apple's registered design No. 0000181607-0001
But Apple's notice is somewhat playful and procedes to quote from the judgement in which the Judge describes that Apple's design is "cool" and eventually the Samsung design is simply not as cool. The Judge wrote:
"The informed user's overall impression of every of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets may be the following. From your front they belong to the family which include the Apple design; but the Samsung items are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual information on the back. They don't have the same understated and extreme simplicity that is possessed through the Apple design. They're not as cool."
Apple procedes to explain that the case was also tried in Germany understanding that in that court Samsung was discovered guilty. Ultimately, they write
"So as the U.K. court didn't find Samsung responsible for infringement, other courts have recognized that throughout creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's a lot more popular iPad."
The link must remain on Apple UK website for a period of one month, and Apple is also required to run ads acknowledging the ruling.
Nokia files to get several Samsung products banned from being sold, surprisingly, in aid of Apple. According to the report, it is the only outsider to back Apple's claims of injunctions on some Samsung products that have infringed their intellectual property rights. It can be noted that Samsung and Apple have been involved in a very bitter case concerning patent infringement.
Apple seeks to have some of Samsung products that were found to violate their patents from getting sold in the US but their appeal was not honored in the District Court. As a result, they are taking it to the Court of Appeals. Nokia has asked to be given more time to submit their statement and Nokia argued that a District Judge was wrong to rule against Apple's request for injunction.
It can be recalled that not long ago, the Finnish giant has also filed legal proceedings against the iPhone maker and Apple was said to have settled out of court.
These two companies will take on the currently number one manufacturer in the US Court of Appeals and the case will be heard later this year.