June 16, 2021

Huge sums at stake in Oracle-Google rematch

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By Ross Todd, From The Recorder After six years of fighting over smartphone technology, Oracle Corp. and Google Inc. have never been further apart—nearly $9 billion to put a number on it. The two giants of Silicon Valley are also at polar extremes when it comes to interpreting the central legal principle in their case […]

Supreme Court to Review Apple-Samsung Patent Damages

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By Scott Graham, From The Recorder For the first time in 130 years, the U.S. Supreme Court is going to weigh in on design patent damages. The timing couldn’t be worse for Apple Inc. The high court agreed Monday to review Apple’s epic battle with Samsung Electronics Co., specifically to decide whether the remedy for […]

US Federal Circuit casts doubt on Apple-Samsung verdict

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By Scott Graham, From The Recorder Apple Inc. may have collected $548 million from Samsung Electronics Co. last month from its first smartphone “trial of the century.” But the $119 million it recovered in a second trial appeared in serious jeopardy Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Judges Timothy Dyk […]

Publicly traded NPEs take investors for a bumpy ride

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By Scott Graham, from The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — When the Federal Circuit affirms summary judgment of noninfringement, that’s usually considered bad news for the patent holder. But SmartMetric Inc., a tiny, publicly traded company that’s been litigating patent claims against Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. for the past four years, put a different spin […]

Apple set to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion

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By Joe Cox From What Hifi? Apple is reportedly set to buy Beats Electronics in a $3.2 billion deal, which would be the largest ever acquisition by Apple. The deal would see Apple take control of the Beats by Dre headphone range as well as the Beats Music streaming service, which recently launched in the […]