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Submission + - iPhone 5 targetted by Samsung in patent dispute, Galaxy Tab ban lifted (bbc.co.uk)

AmiMoJo writes: "Samsung filed a motion on Tuesday against Apple's iPhone 5 saying its patents had been violated. Meanwhile a temporary sales ban on Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer in the US has been lifted by a US court. This comes after the jury found that Samsung had not violated the patent that was the basis for the ban on the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1."

Submission + - Tokyo court deals win for Samsung (bbc.co.uk)

" rel="nofollow">AmiMoJo writes: "A court in Tokyo has ruled that Samsung Electronics did not infringe on a patent was related to transferring media content between devices. Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji dismissed the case filed by Apple in August, finding that Samsung was not in violation of Apple patents related to synchronising music and video data between devices and servers."

Submission + - Samsung and Apple's patent clash heads to trial by jury (bbc.co.uk)

AmiMoJo writes: "Samsung and Apple's patent battle heads to a court in California this Monday — one of the biggest trials of its kind. The iPhone maker is claiming a total of $2.5bn (£1.6bn) in damages, while Samsung is demanding a "reasonable royalty rate" for five patents which it claims Apple has infringed.

Apple says: "Samsung must play by the rules. It must invent its own stuff. Its flagrant copying and massive infringement must stop."

Samsung counters: "Apple's overreaching claim for damages is a natural extension of its attempts to monopolise the marketplace... It seeks to collect 'lost profits' despite the fact that no one buys phones because they have 'bounce back' feature or other manifestations of Apple's alleged inventions." Samsung's paperwork suggests it seeks to undermine Apple's accusations by showing it was already working on rounded rectangular handsets dominated by a screen and a single button months before the iPhone was revealed.

It also claims that Apple's ideas were not one-offs, but were instead heavily influenced by Sony. It alleges that the US company changed direction after reading an interview with two of Sony's product designers and has submitted images of Apple-created concept designs featuring the Japanese company's logo to back up its claims."

Open Source

Patent Issue Delays Doom 3 Source Code Release 283

An anonymous reader writes "id Software is still planning to release the Doom 3 source this year, but it's been delayed by a patent issue that's causing John Carmack to personally rewrite some of the code. The patent issue in Doom 3 concerns the Carmack's Reverse algorithm and has led Carmack to rewrite it in the open-source Doom 3."

Spanish Firm Wins Tablet Case Against Apple 151

pmontra writes "A Spanish company has won a legal case against Apple and will be able to sell an Android tablet that Apple had claimed infringes on the iPad patent. It is now seeking damages from Apple for a temporary seizure of its products by Spanish customs. Furthermore they are pursuing an antitrust complaint against Apple, alleging abusive anticompetitive behavior."

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