Last week while overseeing the Apple-Samsung patent case the Federal Judge urged for global peace and asked one question –‘when will all this end?’
Nobody knows when these two giants will stop fighting over patents, but looking at the mood it does not seems to the ending in year 2013 at least.
Let us have a re-look on the Apple-Samsung battle of patents.
April 15, 2011: In spring of 2011 Apple Inc. filed documents to sue Samsung Electronic Company. The company in documents filed at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California said that several of Samsung's Android phones and tablets, including the Nexus S, Epic 4G,Galaxy S 4G, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, infringed on Apple’s intellectual property: its patents, trademarks, user interface and style.
April 22, 2011: Samsung counter-sued Apple, filing federal complaints in courts in Seoul, Tokyo and Mannheim, Germany, alleging Apple infringed Samsung's patents for mobile-communications technologies.
June 2011: Samsung filed its lawsuit in Seoul Central District Court citing five patent infringements. August 2012 a three-judge panel delivered decision saying, Apple infringed two Samsung technology patents, Samsung violated one of Apple's patents.
By August 2011: Apple and Samsung were litigating 19 ongoing cases in nine countries; by October, the legal disputes expanded to ten countries.
June 2012: A preliminary injunction was granted to Apple, preventing Samsung from making, using, offering to sell, selling, or importing into the US the Galaxy Nexus and any other of its technology making use of the disputed patent.
July 2012: Apple and Samsung were embroiled in more than 50 lawsuits around the globe, with billions of dollars in damages claimed between them.
July 30, 2012: A US jury trial was scheduled through September 7, 2012. Both Phil Schiller and Scott Forstall testified in the trial.
August 24, 2012: Jury verdict favored Apple asking Samsung to pay $1.049 billion in damages. The jury found Samsung infringed Apple's patents on iPhone's "Bounce-Back Effect" (US Patent No.7,469,381), "On-screen Navigation (US Patent No.7,844,915), and "Tap To Zoom" (US Patent No.7,864,163), and design patents that covers iPhone's features such as the "home button, rounded corners and tapered edges" (US D593087) and "On-Screen Icons" (US D604305). Design Patent 504,889 (describing the ornamental design of the iPad) was one of the few patents the jury concluded Samsung had not infringed.
Following this Apple added more Samsung products including the Galaxy S3 in the list and sought ban on about a dozen of Samsung products in the US. In a new US lawsuit in August 31, 2012, asserting 17 more of Samsung products violate Apple patents. The four major products being cited are the Galaxy S III, Verizon Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 10.1
September 21, 2012: Samsung requested a new trial arguing the verdict was not supported by evidence or testimony, and that the judge imposed limits on testimony time and the number of witnesses prevented Samsung from receiving a fair trial, and that the jury verdict was unreasonable.
September 21 and 22, 2012: Apple filed papers seeking a further amount of interest and damages totaling $707 million.
October 2, 2012: Samsung appealed the decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting that Apple's victory be thrown out.
October 11, 2012: Following a trial, in which the Nexus was found not to infringe Apple's patents, Samsung filed an appeal to remove the preliminary injunction and the appeals court agreed and vacated the injunction. Apple was also asked to post an apology on its website.
October 23, 2012: US Patent and Trademark Office tentatively invalidated Apple's bounce back patent .
November 2012: Apple requested to include six more Samsung products in the list of products infringing Apple patents, including Galaxy Note 2.
December 2012: The USPTO issued a first Office action rejecting all 20 claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949. This is expected to impact the patent fight. This is just a preliminary ruling and things might turn in favor of Apple again.