With this being a holiday week in the U.S., and not a lot expected in terms of new products for the next few months, Apple news is a little slow right now. Unless you're a lawyer! Then, well, there's a ton going on.
- It's been a good couple of weeks for Apple in its legal battles against rival Samsung. Apple has won two separate legal motions recently, one of which led to an injunction against sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the U.S., the other which has halted sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone. Apple claims that both devices infringe its patents.
- However, those injunctions are only temporary. There's still a trial to be had, where a judgment about the infringement claims will be made. Prior to that trial, Apple and Samsung have cut some of their infringement claims versus the other out of their respective suits.
- Ahead of that trial, Apple was cleared of infringing one Samsung patent, and Google is working to help Samsung by updating Android to clear it of the alleged infringement.
- In a less successful move for Apple, it has lost a patent infringement suit against HTC in the UK. The suit covered slide-to-unlock features.
- Cupertino is also taking a kicking in Italy, where courts have ruled that Apple did not comply with an earlier order requiring it to provide two-year warranties on its products. Apple is appealing the ruling, but if it loses, it could be forced to shutter Italian operations.
- Apple, which did not own the trademark to the name iPad in China, has acquired it from its owner, Proview, for US$60 million.