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Apple’s $1,049,343,540 victory over samsung

Apple Samsung Ruling

Last year, Apple claimed in a lawsuit that Samsung violated some of the designs and technology that made up the iPhone and iPad. These include features like rounded corners of the user interface, much talked about pinch zoom, and a rubber band feature. On the contrary Samsung denied this and countersued and accused Apple of infringing on some of its patents.

However the jury has found five of the six patent filed by Apple which have been violated by the Samsung.

Now that Apple has won its patent claims against Samsung, the company has to pay Apple $1.05 Billion as a monetary damage.

There were more than 700 questions regarded alleged infringement by both the companies.

How Google is also blown by this verdict

The verdict comes as a major blow to the entire Android community. Samsung is one of the strongest Android player and Google has been quietly providing its own quiet support to Samsung. The most important part of this verdict is that now Apple has a special morale to sue all other Android devices maker which will affect Google directly.

Android is not free anymore

Many of the Android users are already paying a license fee to Microsoft, now will also have to pay an additional fee to Apple. Hence Google’s free Android operating system will not be free anymore.

Company’s statement after the ruling

Apple said

                 “The lawsuit between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values.”

While the Samsung statement came as

        “Todays verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple but as a loss for the American consumers. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices”

Well, I personally believe its not all over yet. But at present Tim Cook must be rejoicing with the ruling in favor of his company.

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Facebook to pay Microsoft $550m for patents

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON: Facebook will pay Microsoft Corp $550 million for hundreds of patents that originated with AOL, beefing up its intellectual property arsenal.

The deal gives social network Facebook 650 patents and patent applications and license to another 275 patents and applications. It comes shortly before Facebook is expected to have the largest initial public offering in Silicon Valleyhistory.

Patents have become a top priority for technology companies as many of them, including Google Inc and Apple Inc, become embroiled in patent-related lawsuits.

The patents, which Microsoft bought this year from AOL, cover a broad spectrum of technology, including mobile services, cell phone handsets, advertising and e-commerce, a source familiar with the situation said.

Microsoft trumped Amazon, eBay and other tech companies this month with its more than $1 billion purchase of most of AOL’s patent trove. Valuing patents is a complex process, and it was not immediately clear whether Microsoft profited from the deal with Facebook.

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, said in a statement on Monday that the Facebook deal allows it “to recoup over half of our costs while achieving our goals from the AOL auction.”

Facebook was also a participant in the AOL auction, a source said at the time.

The auction included technology rights from AOL’s current and former businesses, ranging from Web browser Netscape and instant messaging service ICQ to MapQuest and early online service CompuServe, the source said on condition of anonymity because the information was not public.

All or nothing
Microsoft bought the AOL patent portfolio knowing that it was an all-or-nothing deal and always planned to sell a large number of them while retaining licenses to them, a source close to the Facebook deal said. Microsoft will retain a license to the patents and applications it is selling to Facebook under the terms of the deal.

The purchase marks Facebook’s second recent move to bolster its patent portfolio, which consisted of 56 issued patents and 503 applications as of December 31, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In March, it acquired 750 patents from International Business Machines Corp.

Facebook’s deal with Microsoft comes as the world’s No.1 social networking company prepares for an initial public offering that could value it at up to $100 billion and as it battles Yahoo Incin court.

Yahoo sued Facebook earlier this year, claiming that Facebook had infringed 10 Yahoo patents, including several covering online advertising technology. Facebook countersued Yahoo in April, accusing Yahoo of infringing 10 of Facebook’s patents.

“Nothing about today’s action changes the fact that Facebook continues to infringe our patents … We see today’s announcement as a validation of our case against Facebook,” a Yahoo spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

The deal for AOL’s patents, which is subject to regulatory clearance, would help “protect Facebook’s interests over the long term,” the company said.

Technology companies have sparked a frenzy for patents in recent years, bidding up prices in a defensive move to keep competitors at bay.

On July 1, 2011, Apple, Microsoft, Research in Motion Ltd and three other leading technology companies outbid Google to buy wireless patents from bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp for $4.5 billion.

Google quickly responded by successfully announcing plans to acquire Motorola MobilityHoldings, which owns 17,000 patents and 7,500 patent applications, for $12.5 billion.

The agreement between Facebook and Microsoft is the latest occasion that the world’s No.1 online social networking service and the world’s largest software company have teamed up.

Microsoft invested $240 million in Facebook in 2007 for what was then a 1.6 percent stake.

The two companies have forged various business collaborations over the years. Facebook features search results from Microsoft’s Bing search engine in its social networking service as well as video chat technology provided by Skype, which Microsoft acquired last year.

Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings serves on the board of directors of Facebook and Microsoft.

Microsoft also has ties to Yahoo through a 10-year search partnership they struck in 2009.