A jury has told Samsung it must pay Apple $539 million for infringing on three design patents with Android phones sold between 2010 and 2011. The number is significant because it’s higher than what Apple was likely to get based on past court decisions.
The smartphone patent infringement case that produced a $1 billion verdict against Samsung is still chugging along, having dragged itself into an eighth year. While the jury is set to hear a retrial of the case, the Galaxy maker is expected to downplay Apple’s profits from shape over function.
Apple has been hit with a class action lawsuit over the so-called butterfly switch keyboard that’s found on all MacBook models from 2015. The plaintiffs claim Apple knew the keyboard was a flawed design even before the product launched and are seeking damages.
As a result of the eighth year of contentious legal battles between Apple and VirnetX Holding Corp. involving iMessage, FaceTime and VPN on Demand technologies, the iPhone maker has been ordered by a jury in Texas to pay the notorious patent troll more than half a billion buckaroos.
Is Apple getting serious about gaming? Would they turn the Apple TV set-top box into a viable gaming console? We don’t know that yet, but it’s worth mentioning that the company has conveniently updated its Apple TV logo trademark with new conditions related to gaming.
Apple says it’s never done anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. “Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love,” it said. “Making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”