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Apple Wins Again Against Samsung: ITC Bans Some Samsung Phones

Word is trickling in through the wire that Apple just scored another US court victory over Samsung. What does that mean? For now it looks like the United States International Trade Commission has ordered Samsung to stop selling and distributing devices that infringe on two Apple patents.


Apple Is Ditching Samsung's Chips

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has finally signed a deal with something called Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co to make its guts for future iPhones and iPads. Specifically, TSMC will start mass-producing 20nm chips for Apple in 2014, paving way for longer battery life in Samsung-less iPhones and iPads.


Judge Cuts $450 Million Off The $1 Billion Samsung Owes Apple

Judge Lucy Koh has given Samsung a huge discount on the damages it owes Apple. Originally billed to pay Apple over $US1 billion, Judge Koh has cut $US450,514,650 from Samsung’s tab. The new total that Samsung owes is $US598,908,892. Still an unfathomable amount of money but an unfathomable amount of money less now.


Tim Cook Was Never Keen On Suing Samsung In The First Place

Everybody’s knows about Steve Job’s famous intentions to go thermonuclear on Android if necessary, but it seems that current CEO Tim Cook wasn’t necessarily on the same tactical page. According to Reuters, unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation say that Cook was opposed to suing Samsung when the trouble started brewing, because Samsung was such a big parts supplier for Apple.


Judge Rules That Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe On Apple's Patents

Because the court system is an inescapable never ending maze of appeals and paperwork, a ruling doesn’t seem to mark the end of anything. Even when the court said Samsung had to pay a billion dollars to Apple back in August, it can rule something differently tomorrow. Or at least, tweak and overturn something. Today, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Samsung’s infringement of the Apple patents were not ‘willful’ which means Samsung might be able to get a coupon on the billion it owes Apple. Maybe.


The ITC's Proposing Some Rough Sanctions Against Patent-Infringing Samsung Phones

The Apple vs Samsung battle is trucking along, and this time there’s more bad news for Samsung. Yesterday, a somewhat censored version of presiding Judge Thomas Pender’s suggested sanctions was published by the ITC and it includes not only an import and sales ban on the infringing products, but also the posting of a bond for 88 per cent of the value of those phones.


Apple's Pinch-To-Zoom Patent Has Been Tentatively Invalidated

Even though Apple scored a big victory against Samsung inside the court, it looks like Apple is losing its stronghold on its patents. After tentatively invalidating the ‘Steve Jobs Patent’ on multitouch, the USPTO has invalidated Apple’s ‘pinch to zoom’ patent. The ‘pinch to zoom’ patent was crucial in scoring a billion dollars off of Samsung.


Apple To Pay Samsung Legal Fees Because It Didn't Apologise Well Enough

And Apple’s apology to Samsung as order by the UK court just got even messier. After posting an apology they had to rewrite, and then pushing the rewritten one down the page with Javascript, a UK court has ordered Apple to pay Samsung’s legal fees in full to even things out.


Apple Seems Slightly More Apologetic As It Removes Page Resizing Code

Apple continues to make an absolutely huge mess of apologising to Samsung, with the Javascript that initially hid the legal correction from view now removed from the UK site so its half-arsed apology is a little more visible.


Apple Posts Its Apology To Samsung, But For Real This Time

After trying to be snarky and biting with its court ordered apology to Samsung, and being reprimanded by the UK court and told to fix it, Apple has now put a second, simple, much less back-handed “Samsung’s dumb and we’re the coolest” apology on their UK webpage. Hopefully this will be the end of it.