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Samsung has confirmed that they are indeed working on a SmartWatch project which would be similar in concept to the Apple iWatch as we previously wrote about.
We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said during an interview in Seoul. “We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”
Lee had no comment on what features the watch may have, how much it would cost and when it would go on sale.
Both watches are scheduled to be released later on this year and it appears as if the two rival companies will be going head to head on this one with both expected to be around a similar price mark.
Lots of rumours are flying around at the moment with two of the largest handset manufacturers now going head to head in a new market however it is generally thought that Samsung will be able to produce a cheaper device as the company own’s its own chip set and display manufacturing facilities which are thought to be two of the most expensive components inside a SmartWatch.
[ad 1]Apple has been quoted to currently have around 100 employees working on the SmartWatch project looking into features such as a curved glass screen, integrated bio-sensors such as pulse or temperature, and GPS mapping functionality. The watch is said to be running a full version of iOS rather than a stripped down version like on the iPod nano which means app development should be a lot better for this device.
After Apple’s loss in its appeal case against Samsung it was ordered to apologize to Samsung, posting a notice on their UK website explaining the decision and the fact that Samsung did not in fact copy apple’s iPad in their tablet design, another cost has been thrown apple’s way.
A UK court has ruled that apple “did not apologise well enough” and as such will now have to pay Samsung’s legal fee’s as a form of “Making things even”
[ad 1]Hopefully this will bring things to a close around the Samsung and Apple war that has been raging the past few months, and there is sign of hope that apple will once again innovate and bring us some great products as they have finally reached an agreement with HTC to licence different patents out to each other, hopefully now if something is agreed on with Samsung all the big companies can stop suing each other and get along.
The statement on the UK apple home page says
On 25 October 2012, Apple Inc. published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung’s Galaxy tablet computers. That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The correct statement is at Samsung/Apple UK judgement.
This doesn’t particularly come as a surprise to the UK legal system as losers in legal cases in England and Wales are usually expected to pay the fees of their opponents, but the requirement to compensate Samsung on an indemnity basis adds an extra degree of censure to an already unusual judgement.
After winning their trial against samsung as we saw earlier this week in this article, apple is again taking legal action against samsung, this time to get the devices in question banned from sale in the US.
The 8 devices in question are as follows
- Galaxy S 4G
- Galaxy S2 AT&T
- Galaxy S2 Skyrocket
- Galaxy S2 T-Mobile
- Galaxy S2 Epic 4G
- Galaxy S Showcase
- Droid Charge
- Galaxy Prevail
Apple outlined the specific patents the devices were found to infringe in the trial, which went on for a month and wrapped up last week. The device with the most infringements is the Galaxy S 4G. It was found to infringe two of Apple’s design patents, three utility patents, and two claims of trade dress.
Apple says this list is only “to address a portion of the immediate, ongoing irreparable harm that Apple is suffering.”
All told, the devices in question totaled up about $460 million worth of the damages, less than half of the $1 billion Apple was awarded by the jury. However that number could still go up pending a ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who presided over the case.
Earlier this week the latest Apple vs Samsung came to a close, with apple getting the upper hand this time. Previous reports on cases from the two electronic giants have ended fairly evenly however this time apple has gained a substantial advantage over the competition after being awarded a massive settlement of over $1 billion in damages.
After 3 long days of deliberation by the jury, they finally reached the unanimous verdict that Samsung had willfully infringed on both Apple patents and trade dress for the iPhone, though notably the jury found in favor of Samsung on questions regarding its tablets. In the hours after the hearing apple’s stock price rose to an all time high of $675 per share. Samsung was ordered to pay apple $1,051,855,000.00 in damages.
Below is a summary of which patents Samsung where found guilty of copying, however there is also a nice breakdown over on cNet’s website detailing which products are apparently infringing on apple’s patents.
On the first claim, regarding the ‘381 “bounce back” patent, the jury finds Samsung guilty on all counts. Samsung infringed on Apple’s patent on a wide variety of products.
On Apple’s “pinch and zoom” ‘915 patent, the jury found that Samsung infringed on all but three products.
For the “double-tap to zoom” ‘163 patent, the jury found that Samsung infringed on a wide number of products, but not all.
The jury found that Samsung took actions that it knew or should have known were infringing across the ‘381, ‘915, and ‘163 patents on most, though not on all, counts.
For the ‘677 patent, covering Apple’s trade dress registration of the look of the front of the iPhone, the jury found that Samsung did infringe on most devices, but again, not all.
For the D’087 patent, covering Apple’s trade dress registration of the look of the back of the iPhone, the jury found that Samsung did infringe on some devices, but not all.
For the ‘305 patent, covering the trade dress registration of the iPhone’s home screen, the jury found that Samsung infringed across most devices.
For the D’889 patent, covering the trade dress registration of the iPad’s appearance, the jury found that Samsung’s tablets do not infringe — one of the first victories for Samsung.
On the question of whether Samsung Korea knew or should have known it was inducing US subsidiaries to infringe on the D’677, D’087, D’305 and/or D’889 patents, the jury found in favor of Apple across a wide number of phones and patents, though not on the ‘889 patent regarding the iPad. These two questions are significant for Apple to receive damages.
On the question of whether Samsung’s infringement was willful, the jury again found for Apple on a number of patents and devices.
Finally, the jury ruled that all of Apple’s patents are valid.
Regarding trade dress, Apple has proven that its unregistered iPhone 3G trade dress was protectable, and the jury found that a number of Samsung phone models violated Apple’s trade dress, though not all of them.
Overall, the jury is finding for Apple on most counts.
Regarding damages, the jury finds that Apple should be awarded $1,051,855,000 in damages for willfully violating Apple’s patents and trade dress.
Next up are Samsung’s claims against Apple.
The jury has found for Apple regarding its alleged infringement of Samsung’s utility patents on every claim, however Apple did not prove they were invalid. The jury did not award Samsung any damages.
Finally, Apple did not prove that Samsung violated antitrust obligations regarding its FRAND patents.
Apple did prove that Samsung is barred from enforcing its ‘516 and ‘941 patents.