Apple Pay with Touch ID is in the crosshairs of a new patent lawsuit

Apple Pay with Touch ID is in the crosshairs of a new patent lawsuit

As my vacationing blog partner Dennis Sellers would say, "another day, another lawsuit." Today's lawsuit against Apple is from the trollishly named Pen-One Acquisition Group, which says that Apple infringed its patent titled "Pen-based transponder identity verification system." The patent describes a point of sale system using a stylus or fingerprint signature, and Pen-One Acquisition Group says that any Apple device using Touch ID to make a purchase infringes on its patent.

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AWT News Update: January 16, 2017

AWT News Update: January 16, 2017

After missing the publication of last Friday's Apple World Today News Update, we're back with three stories from the world of Apple:

  • The latest beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 adds a feature to save battery power on MacBooks with a new setting in the battery menu
  • Samsung's woes continue; this time, the person next in line to be head of the conglomerate is to be arrested on suspicion of involvement in a government corruption scandal
  • The Eastern Texas patent trolls are on a roll again, this time accusing Apple's iMessage of infringing on a 2002 patent for part of a point-of-sale system
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AWT News Update: October 11, 2016

AWT News Update: October 11, 2016

Apple and Samsung argue in front of the Supremes, Dropbox adds tons of features for iOS users, and we find out what a Phish and an iPhone have in common:

  • The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments today on the long-running Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement case
  • Dropbox updates its iOS app, including a Messages app for including documents and files in chats and improved multitasking support for iPads
  • A track on the latest album by Phish was recorded on an iPhone
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AWT News Update: October 7, 2016

AWT News Update: October 7, 2016

Have three minutes? We have just a pair of short Apple-related stories for you today, as it is not only Fashion Friday, but Slow News Friday™ as well! 

  • Apple is getting back a jury award that was nabbed from it by three judges in February; and more patent lawsuit fun happens next week
  • Alton Brown's latest cookbook was photographed entirely using an iPhone 6s Plus
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Samsung wants the Supreme Court to reduce the damages it owes Apple

Samsung wants the Supreme Court to reduce the damages it owes Apple

Earlier this year, Samsung agreed to pay Apple $548 million for the five-years-and-counting-legal brouhaha over patent infringement — with some not-inconsiderable stipulations. The bill was due today, but Samsung went to the U.S. Supreme Court “in a last-ditch effort to pare back” the damages it must pay Apple for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone, reports Reuters.

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Apple’s legal battle with Core Wireless moving to California

Apple’s legal battle with Core Wireless moving to California

After winning a patent infringement case against a company called Core Wireless Licensing earlier this year, Apple being sued again by the non-practicing entity over certain wireless communications IP. However, “in what could be an important victory, however, the Cupertino, Calif., company was recently granted a motion to transfer proceedings to its home state,” notes AppleInsider.com.

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Apple may have avoided $533 million iTunes patent infringement fine

Apple may have avoided $533 million iTunes patent infringement fine

Reuters is reporting today that a $532.9 million fine against Apple awarded to patent troll Smartflash LLC has been thrown out by a federal judge. US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap said jurors who awarded the damages to Smartflash on February 24 may have been "confused" by his instructions on how to calculate royalties. The jury found that Apple's iTunes software infringed three patents owned by Smartflash. 

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AWT News Update: March 17, 2015

AWT News Update: March 17, 2015

By faith and begorrah, it's St. Patrick's Day, so grab a green beer and listen in on your friendly leprechaun Steve O'Sande who is bringing you the Apple news o' the day.

  • According to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, it appears that Apple will finally offer a streaming TV service later this year, making it easier and more affordable for people to cut the cable subscriptions.
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Ericsson files patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, seeks US ban

Ericsson files patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, seeks US ban

Ericsson today announced that it is suing Apple for patent infringement after the Cupertino company refused Ericsson’s licensing terms. Apple previoulsy paid royalties to Ercisson until its license agreement expired in January. Attempt to re-negotiation the agreement failed, triggering the patent infringement lawsuit.

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Apple ordered to pay $533M for infringing Smartflash patents

Apple ordered to pay $533M for infringing Smartflash patents

As reported by Bloomberg, a federal jury found Apple quilty of infringing patents held by holding company Smartflash LLC. Filed in 2013, the original lawsuit claims that the iTunes Store, the iOS and Mac App Store, and Apple’s other transaction services infringe on three Smartflash patents that cover “data storage and managing access through payment systems.”  The company originally was seeking $852 million in damages, but was awarded $533M as part of the jury's decision.

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