Samsung may help Apple escape a $533 million verdict

“Samsung Electronics Co. may end up saving arch nemesis Apple Inc. about $533 million,” Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg.

“That’s how much Apple was told to pay after a jury in February said its iTunes service infringed patents owned by Texas licensing firm Smartflash LLC,” Decker reports. “That’s how much Apple was told to pay after a jury in February said its iTunes service infringed patents owned by Texas licensing firm Smartflash LLC”

Decker reports, “If a review board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tosses those patents, it will not only benefit Samsung but also Apple — the company it spent four years battling over smartphone technology on four continents.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “M J Miller” for the heads up.]

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4 Comments

  1. From the source article:
    This week, Samsung, which is being sued over the same technology, convinced U.S. regulators to review whether two of Smartflash’s patents should have been issued in the first place.

    If a review board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tosses those patents, it will not only benefit Samsung but also Apple — the company it spent four years battling over smartphone technology on four continents. . . .

    The odds of Smartflash winning the case aren’t good, based on the agency’s prior reviews. In the small number of cases based on claims that the invention was an abstract idea, 100 percent were found ineligible for patents, according to a study by the Fitzpatrick law firm.

    Thus Samsung’s inadvertent help…

    This patent troll has a (empty) office in Tyler, Texas. Thus their ability to sue there. Tyler is known worldwide for its patent troll friendly judge, which is why a huge raft of patent troll trials take place there.

    Related news from February:
    Fresh off $533M victory, Smartflash files another patent suit against Apple

  2. If there is anyone who can find a way to weasel out of paying for infringed patents, then it would Samsung.

    I don’t know how Apple lost the case, who did they hire? A bunch of law students?

    Maybe, companies being sued by patent trolls should just save on lawyers fees and not even turn up to the trial in Tyler Texas. They are going to lose the case anyway. Just send an intern there to plead not guilty, then beat the verdict on appeal.

    That way the town of Tyler is not getting any of your money. Then their little racketeering business may come to an end.

    1. Just in case people don’t realize you’re joking (or perhaps you aren’t joking?): that isn’t how appeals work – you need to litigate thoroughly at the trial level and most things cannot be brought up on appeal if they weren’t covered below.

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