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Apple lawsuit wrap-up for December 2013

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Apple lawsuitRead this Apple lawsuit wrap-up to learn about lawsuits, both big and small, that happened in December 2013.

  • Shanda Interactive Entertainment in China is suing NetDragon Websoft, Inc. for copying from an online game it developed and Apple for selling the game in its App Store. Shanda is asking for $1.65 million from both companies.
  • Cryptocat is considering suing Apple because his app, Cryptocat for iPhone, was rejected for reasons the founder calls “illegitimate.” Cryptocat allows two people to chat while having their conversation encrypted so it can’t be read by anyone else.
  • Dragon Intellectual Property is suing Apple for patent infringement using patent 5,930,444 titled “Simultaneous recording and playback apparatus” which they acquired in 1994. They claim the iPod nano with FM functionality violates this patent and is seeking a “reasonable royalty.”
  • e-Watch, Inc. and e-Watch Corporation are suing Apple’s iPhones for violating patents 7,365,871 and 7,643,168, both of which are entitled “apparatus for Capturing, Converting and Transmitting a Visual Image Signal via a Digital Transmission System.” In other words, you can take a picture with an iPhone and send it to someone else and e-Watch believes that violates their patents.
  • The 2 million ruble copyright infringement lawsuit between Apple and the Russian Railways has been delayed to February 4th.
  • Thailand’s Online News Providers Association sued Apple last May over an app that breached “the nation’s news copyright and trademark laws.” The lawsuit was recently settled with Apple paying an undisclosed amount and the criminal charges withdrawn.
  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) slapped Apple with a court order concerning the staff at Apple Stores using Apple’s warranties instead of Australia’s. Apple promised to give consumers a minimum of 24 months of protection and there will be a webpage soon that will explain the differences between Apple’s and Australia’s warranties.
  • Apple and Oracle are delaying their lawsuit until a patent lawsuit against Apple by U.S. Ethernet Innovations is resolved.
  • Motorola sued Apple over patent 7,243,072 entitled “providing assistance to a subscriber device over a network”. To aid them in this lawsuit, Motorola filed a motion against Nuance Communications for documents and deposition. Currently Nuance is refusing to comply saying the discovery is irrelevant.
  • NYC IP is suing Apple over patent 7,016,084 entitled “method and apparatus for linking designated portions of a received document image with an electronic address”. NYC IP  is targeting all Apple products that “provide the capability to access and display audio, video, or executable content embedded on a webpage, either via a browser or other application.”
  • Apple filed a motion to stop Michael Bromwich, the monitor tasked with observing Apple to make sure they’re complying with the DOJ, because of his heavy-handed techniques. Apple accuses Mr. Bromwich of “conducting a roving investigation that is interfering with Apple’s business operations, risking the public disclosure of privileged and confidential information, and imposing substantial and rapidly escalating costs on Apple that it will never be able to recover.” Naturally the DOJ disagrees so it will be up to Judge Cote when she hears oral arguments on January 13th.
  • The Apple vs. Samsung battle has had some twists in turns including Samsung asking for a retrial to be done over because they say Apple attorneys relied on racial prejudices during the trial. A Seoul court rejected Samsung’s claim that the iPhone and iPad violate three of their patents. Apple is working on getting a U.S. ban on some Samsung products and they’re asking Samsung to pay $16 million in legal fees.
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