This past August, a San Jose, California, jury awarded over $1 billion in damages to Apple Inc. in its intellectual property case against Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd. At a hearing tomorrow, Samsung will attempt to have the jury verdict overturned while a judge is also expected to rule on whether to ban several Samsung products from the American market. On November 26, 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is seeking to ass six more of Samsung’s newest mobile devices (Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wifi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Rugby Pro and Galaxy III Mini) to its patent infringement lawsuit.
For more than a year, Apple and Samsung have been involved in over 50 lawsuits around the globe regarding the design of smartphones and tablet computers. It has also led to another patent lawsuit against Samsung.
On November 27, 2012, the Journal reported that Ericsson filed a lawsuit against Samsung for infringing on its mobile technology patents after the two companies failed to agree on licensing terms. Sweden-based Ericsson, the world’s largest maker of mobile network infrastructure, claims that Samsung refused to renew a license agreement on the same basis—known as fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms—as its competitors. For Samsung, the lawsuits are connected because, as PC Magazine reported, “Ericsson said Samsung is being hypocritical because it is demanding that Apple abide by FRAND standards in that patent fight while not doing the same in its dealings with Ericsson.”
It will be interesting to see how Samsung handles the Ericsson claims (a spokesman for the company declined to comment for the Journal story, and told PC that it would have a statement shortly). We have additional information about drafting contracts available on our website. If you are seeking experienced legal representation to protect your company’s interests in a business agreement, fill out the form on this page to let our Los Angeles unfair competition lawyers review your own case or contact our firm at (323) 405-1002.
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