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Samsung accuses recent Apple products of infringing its patents

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 06:53 AM

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  Posted 22 November 2012 - 08:05 AM

"An audio/video (A/V) device having a volume control function for external audio reproduction units by using volume control buttons of a remote controller is provided. The A/V device includes speakers, an audio output port for externally outputting an audio signal, an audio signal processing unit for reproducing and amplifying the audio signal and applying the amplified audio signal to the speakers or the audio output port, a memory unit for storing volume control values, and a control unit for applying to the audio signal processing unit any of the volume control values stored in the memory based on whether the external audio reproduction unit is plugged in the audio output port. The control unit controls the audio signal processing unit to adjust the volume control values for the audio output port by the volume control buttons when the external audio reproduction unit is plugged in the audio output port."

Sounds like a normal remote. Does Samsung own a patent to something every stereo vendor sells? This is such a generic feature, I would think Apple would be able to get it thrown out.
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  Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:20 AM

Given that Apple now has a patent on a Page Turning Animation Design, it would not surprise me if we were all in violation of someones patent on breathing.

http://www.theverge....rtual-page-turn

Still it is nice to see that Apple and HTC have at least settled, maybe the big boys can learn to play nice for 10 years as well.
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  Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:44 PM

Think of it this way: Samsung is losing $ billions on legal fees and penalties, but it's worth it to them. They copied Apple, and in doing so they crushed all competitors in the Android slice of the mobile pie. So, to Samsung, court fees and penalties are just a cost of doing business.

On the other hand, HTC can't afford a $1 billion hit. They settled with Apple so the penalty would be spread out over a large number of phones instead of one lump sum. And as a result, Apple is HTC's best friend. Because if Apple keeps on smacking down Samsung in court and winning injunctions, HTC might have a chance to survive in the mobile space.
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  Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:42 PM

what the hell
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  Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:15 AM

FRAND patents? Yes, all devices are going to use patents that underlie technology standards. In the future the industry will know not to set any standards based on any of your technology concepts, as you are determined to change the rules afterwards. Licensing for those patents is supposed to be open, affordable, and consistent. You can't keep milking that cow forever, Samsung, its been dry for some time now.
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