Google may have kept a low profile amid the legal clashing between Samsung Electronics and Apple, but the company hasn't abandoned its Android partners.Rather, Google has been quietly lending support, coordinating with Samsung over legal strategies, providing advice, doing extra legwork, and searching for prior evidence, CNET has learned from people familiar with the situation. Last month, Google asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to intervene on HTC's behalf in its case against Nokia. In addition, many of the companies that rely on Google's Android operating system to power their handsets, coincidentally or not, have … Read more
An avalanche of new details about Apple's and Samsung's businesses, including the breadth and duration of their business agreements with other companies, are likely to be made public in the coming days.
As part of a mixed ruling tonight, that still manages to keep several key aspects of both companies' business dealings a secret, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh also denied many requests to maintain secrecy about product profit margins and detailed manufacturing costs.
Also included on that list are both the royalty terms and licensing agreements between Apple and Samsung.
"Although the Court has … Read more
Apple lawyers are reaching back into the company's history for help against Samsung.
The companies are engaged in a patent dispute that could be worth billions of dollars to the winner. Apple today released the names of the next seven people it intends to call to the stand starting tomorrow (the names are listed below).
Most of the marquee names; Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing and Scott Forstall, the company's senior vice president of IOS software, have already testified. Still left up, however, is Susan Kare, the artist and graphic designer who created … Read more
Some of the largest tech firms want the country's court system to hush up when it comes to their trade secrets.
Apple, Samsung, Intel, and Qualcomm are fighting to keep their trade secrets from spilling out into public view as part of the Apple v. Samsung patent trial.
The most recent example came this afternoon when Qualcomm filed papers opposing attempts by Reuters news service to unseal documents in the case, including details about licensing agreements Qualcomm entered with at least one of the litigants. Earlier, Samsung lawyers tried to get an Apple executive to open up about the unreleased iPhone 5. … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- There's been no shortage of once-confidential Apple information spilling out recently, ahead of the Apple v. Samsung patent trial here. But with the proceedings in full swing, today could have brought the biggest revelation of all.
During the cross-examination of Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, Samsung's attorney tried to get the executive to talk about a product that hasn't been announced yet.
In an attempt to get Schiller talking about design, Samsung attorney William Price asked Schiller whether Apple's next iPhone model would look anything like existing versions, or if changes were … Read more
After its first real break, court is back in session later today in the case between Apple and Samsung.
The trial is currently in its testimony phase, as both sides break out a string of witnesses. So far that's included testimony from Apple's Christopher Stringer, one of the designers of the iPhone, the iPad, and numerous other Apple products. And just before the break it was Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, who is slated to the stand once again this morning.
There are six others testifying after Schiller, though you might not know all of them. Here's … Read more
As expected, Samsung has fired back at Apple's efforts for legal sanctions against it in the federal case between the two companies.
In a new filing this evening, Samsung once again said it only sent out excluded trial evidence to members of the media because it had received requests from them for more information, and that said information had already been made public in earlier filings.
Samsung then pointed fingers back at the court for requiring that information to be public in the first place.
"In the days and weeks leading up to jury selection and Samsung's … Read more
Apple wants the jury hearing the patent case involving Samsung to learn that two federal courts have found Samsung has a history of destroying evidence.
Apple said in court documents filed yesterday that not only did Samsung continue deleting e-mails involving this case even though it was required to preserve the data, but also, in 2004, a district court in New Jersey "issued adverse inference instructions against Samsung because it never flipped the 'off switch' on its...automatic computer e-mail policy [that] allowed e-mails to be deleted."
Opening arguments in the long-awaited trial between Samsung and Apple got … Read more
The lawsuit between two of the world's biggest phone makers continues, with Samsung pushing excluded evidence outside of the courtroom and into the public -- and getting a wrist-slap for it.
Following the testimony of Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller, Apple's counsel pointed out to Judge Lucy Koh that Samsung had leaked excluded evidence and a statement to the media.
Koh, audibly irritated, told Samsung to file a brief explaining who drafted the statement, as well as who from Samsung's legal team authorized it.
In an e-mail sent earlier today, Samsung said it would have presented evidence … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A single button on one of Apple's phones or tablets might have gone through 50 or more iterations before ending up in the final design, one of the company's lead designers said today.
The first expert witness in the jury trial between Apple and Samsung here was Christopher Stringer, who has been an industrial designer at Apple since 1995 and helped design the iPhone along with other Apple products.
In his testimony, Stringer -- who donned an all-white suit to court -- said that the design process for any product typically began with lots … Read more