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Tokyo court hands Samsung a win over Apple
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8/31/2012   13 comments
A Tokyo court has found Samsung not guilty of infringing Apple's intellectual property, in contrast to a jury decision and a $1.05 billion damage award in Apple's favor in a California court last week.
Top 10 chip vendors hurt by weak Q2
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8/29/2012   5 comments
Six of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers booked chip sales in the second quarter that were lower than the second quarter of 2011, with overall chip sales declining 3 percent year-over-year, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Smartphones projected to be majority of handsets shipped in 2013
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8/29/2012   4 comments
Smartphones are now expected to account for the majority of cellular handset shipments for the first time in 2013, two years earlier than previously predicted, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
7 reasons to file design patents, trade dresses
8/28/2012   37 comments
The Apple vs. Samsung case sent out two calls to action big as billboards along San Jose’s Highway 101: File more design patents. Register more trade dresses.
Xilinx buys embedded Linux tool vendor PetaLogix
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8/28/2012   Post a comment
Programmable logic provider Xilinx announced it acquired embedded Linux solutions provider PetaLogix. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jury foreman in Apple vs. Samsung had 'light bulb moment'
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8/28/2012   136 comments
Velvin Hogan (shown), the jury foreman in the Apple-Samsung patent infringement case, used his experience as a patent holder and engineer to sort out the many claims made by the companies.
Counterpoint: Apple scores a Pyrrhic victory
8/27/2012   19 comments
Apple triumphed over Samsung in its U.S. patent battle, but the buzz on the Web indicates many consumers aren't happy with the verdict.
Slideshow: The Apple/Samsung verdict form
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8/27/2012   3 comments
Here's a look at key excerpts from the final verdict form--mistakes and all--in the Apple vs. Samsung case.
Apple vs. Samsung questions on the Monday after
8/27/2012   26 comments
I suspect there will be a number of Monday morning phone calls, following the landmark $1.05 billion verdict for Apple in its suit with Samsung announced late Friday.
After Apple win, Droids should feel afraid
8/26/2012   65 comments
Apple is now armed with a handful of proven weapons it can wield against Android competitors in and out of court on the industrial design and user interface of the iPhone and iPad.
Apple awarded $1.05B in Samsung patent case
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8/24/2012   40 comments
Apple scored a big but not complete win in its landmark case with Samsung, winning damages of $1.049 billion from the jury plus a verdict of willful infringement on many counts. The willfulness count opens the door to the judge awarding punitive damages later.
Apple, Samsung fire final salvos as case closes
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8/22/2012   8 comments
Here’s a sampler of the points made in closing arguments Apple and Samsung made over four hours in front of a crowd that extended into two overflow courtrooms.
Yoshida in China: Does China Mobile need iPhone?
8/22/2012   14 comments
China’s telecom market is showing signs of distress. Wireless carriers in China are beginning to see their growing handset subsidies to customers eating into profits, while they struggle to increase their ARPU (average revenue per user).
Slideshow: The jury's job in Apple vs. Samsung
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8/22/2012   27 comments
Here's a look at some of the 33 questions the nine people in the Apple vs. Samsung jury must answer, and their instructions for answering them.
Elpida submits restructuring plan advancing Micron deal
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8/21/2012   1 comment
Elpida Memory said it submitted a restructuring plan detailing its proposed acquisition by Micron Technology, bringing the $2.5 billion deal one step closer to fruition, according to reports.
Apple vs. Samsung jury hears 84 instructions
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8/21/2012   10 comments
On the third of four “stand up breaks” during the reading of 84 jury instructions in the Apple vs. Samsung case someone exclaimed in the overflow room “How can [the jury] keep track of all this!”
Electronics manufacturers emerging from recession
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8/21/2012   4 comments
By offering more value-added services, North American electronics manufacturers are emerging from the recession with greater profitability than other manufacturing sectors, a survey found.
Made in America, by robots
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8/21/2012   18 comments
Believe it or not, increasing factory automation could actually be good news for creating U.S. jobs.
Yoshida in China: Workers can't afford products they make
8/20/2012   22 comments
A government report says migrant workers living in any given Chinese city for a year spent an average of 1,761 yuan ($277), increasing to 2,609 yuan ($410) if they stayed for five years or longer.
Patent system on trial in Apple, Samsung case
8/19/2012   43 comments
The so-called iCourt case of Apple vs. Samsung may say more about whether the patent system serves today’s engineers than it does about who copied whom.
Mentor sues EVE—again
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8/19/2012   Post a comment
EDA vendor Mentor Graphics filed another patent infringement suit against French emulation tool vendor EVE, the latest in an escalating legal battle between the two companies that has simmered for years.
In Asia-Pacific region, local firms enjoy Apple-like chip buying perks
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8/19/2012   3 comments
OEMs based in the Asia-Pacific region are increasing chip spending in the area at a faster rate than No. 1 global chip buyer Apple—and gaining greater influence among suppliers—according to IHS iSuppli.
Apple claims Samsung views patent disclosures as 'stupid'
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8/17/2012   28 comments
A former Samsung licensing director said disclosing a patent on a standard before it is frozen is a “stupid thing.” Apple used the statement to attack Samsung's practices regarding patents, raising points a Samsung expert disputed.
Judge scolds Apple, Samsung as decision nears
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8/16/2012   6 comments
Apple and Samsung lawyers both got a dressing down from Judge Lucy Koh as the clock ran down on their high-profile patent infringement case.
Delusions about 'conflict-free' minerals
8/16/2012   2 comments
A report touts progress in curbing the spread of "conflict minerals" in electronics supply chain but also highlights continued challenges.
Tech manufacturing returning, U.S, group says
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8/16/2012   6 comments
Electronics manufacturing operations with a total value of at least $2.5 billion are expected to be brought to North America in the next three years with companies citing quality control as the primary reason for bringing operations back from overseas.
Bonbons and bombshells from the courtroom
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8/16/2012   6 comments
Google demanded Samsung change the design of an early Galaxy Tab so it would not look so much like the Apple iPad, just one nugget from a busy day in court.
Does manufacturing create jobs, spur innovation, or both?
8/15/2012   22 comments
The primary focus of efforts to revive manufacturing has been job creation. But with many manufacturing jobs gone for good, innovation and the ecosystems they create may be the primary outcome.
The hits keep coming at Apple vs. Samsung
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8/15/2012   10 comments
It turns out serial entrepreneur Tim A. Williams--a founder of hot startups such as Atheros-- was the witness Intel objected to yesterday. He testified, and a top Samsung designer is next.
Yoshida in China: If not China, there is always Indonesia
8/15/2012   14 comments
The pressure to build iPads and iPhones at even cheaper cost is prompting Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, to look beyond China.
Samsung designer details rivalry with Apple
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8/15/2012   33 comments
A senior Samsung user interface designer testified during a patent lawsuit that she felt so stressed her body would no longer produce the breast milk she was pumping to send to her newborn at home.
EE says Apple design patents invalid
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8/15/2012   9 comments
A university mock up (pictured) was an example of prior art a former TI technologist testifying for Samsung used to declare invalid three patents on the iPhone and iPad.
Who’s gaming who at Apple Vs. Samsung?
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8/14/2012   6 comments
Apple and Samsung lawyers pointed fingers suggesting the other is playing games following testimony from an expert who said Apple infringes three Samsung patents.
Sparks fly as Intel shows up at Apple case
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8/14/2012   9 comments
Intel made a surprise appearance at the Apple/Samsung patent case Tuesday, asking the judge to throw out an expert witness for Samsung who reviewed Intel source code.
Apple grows iPad share as court case rages
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8/14/2012   2 comments
Apple shipped 17 million iPads in the second quarter, increasing its share of the new category to 70 percent as its patent suit against rival Samsung continues here.
Samsung, Osram settle LED patent battle
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8/13/2012   3 comments
Two leading manufacturers of light-emitting diodes, Samsung and Osram, have settled patent differences and have been granted a joint-motion to end an investigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission, according to reports.
Slideshow: Inside Apple, Samsung patent talks
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8/11/2012   10 comments
Apple warned Samsung in an August 2010 presentation it was violating iPhone and iPad patents, and later offered licenses for $30 per handset and $40 per tablet.
Survey: Apple patents worth $100 per device
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8/11/2012   13 comments
Samsung users said they would pay as much as $100 extra per smartphone or tablet to get features covered in three Apple patents, according to a survey done for Apple.
Expert: Samsung infringed ‘915 patent 24 times
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8/10/2012   10 comments
Samsung infringes a key Apple patent on scrolling and zooming in 24 of its smartphones and tablets, said an expert testifying for Apple.
Expert: Samsung infringes Apple patent 21 ways
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8/10/2012   6 comments
A user interface expert testifying for Apple said as many as 21 Samsung devices infringe Apple U.S. patent 7,469,381.
Consumers: Samsung, Apple devices look alike
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8/10/2012   3 comments
Half of consumers who viewed two Samsung handsets thought they looked like iPhones, according to a survey conducted for Apple.
Yoshida in China: Taiwan-China superpower?
8/10/2012   10 comments
Expect further investment from China to Taiwan. Fully energized cross-strait business deals between Taiwanese and Chinese companies will be emerging on the horizon.
Apple vs. Samsung: Reading Steve Jobs' emails
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8/9/2012   25 comments
One of the guilty pleasures of covering a multi-billion dollar patent infringement case is you get permission to read the emails of industry executives.
Yoshida in China: Rare earths rarer
8/9/2012   5 comments
China will shut down about one-fifth of its rare earths production capacity under new industry rules. Analysts fear that the rules’ strict implementation could see production further erode.
Slideshow: Apple's best evidence on Samsung
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8/8/2012   34 comments
Apple released late Tuesday its best evidence that Samsung has copied its patents and trade dress, a 132-page Samsung report comparing its handsets to the iPhone.
SMIC hits new quarterly revenue high
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8/8/2012   2 comments
Chinese foundry SMIC reported a new quarterly revenue record for the second quarter, posting sales that exceeded analysts' expectations and the company's revised sales target issued last month.
Market expert: Samsung diluted, copied Apple
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8/8/2012   8 comments
A marketing expert testifying for Apple said he believes Samsung blurred and tried to copy Apple’s trade dress, a conclusion he said internal Samsung documents supported.
Samsung argues over icons, user confusion
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8/7/2012   3 comments
Samsung suggested icons are by their very nature, well—iconic—and consumers would not confuse its handsets with iPhones following testimony from an Apple expert.
Samsung phones confused graphics expert
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8/7/2012   44 comments
“I had the experience of being confused,” said Susan Kare (shown), an expert witness for Apple describing how she picked a Samsung handset instead of an iPhone.
Frustrations bubble over in Apple v Samsung
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8/7/2012   7 comments
Mountains of design and legal details bubbled into frustration as Samsung attorneys tried to discredit an expert witness for Apple and the judge wrestled with attorneys.
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