Apple v. Samsung: Judge Koh orders retrial on some damages.

So, Judge Lucy Koh has ordered a retrial for certain products the jury deemed infringed by Samsung.

Let’s be clear: She did not throw out the verdict on these products, she just disagreed with the amount of money the jury calculated.

Because the Court has identified an impermissible legal theory on which the jury based its award, and cannot reasonably calculate the amount of excess while effectuating the intent of the
jury, the Court hereby orders a new trial on damages for the following products: Galaxy Prevail, Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, Galaxy SII AT&T, Captivate, Continuum, Droid Charge, Epic 4G, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Tab, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, and Transform,…

Samsung still needs to cough up about 600 million USD, plus whatever a new jury decides for the products mentioned above – unless the parties settle…yeah, I know…

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Google agrees to license SEP-patents to rivals.

So much for that one bullet that can kill…

Google, having been under investigation by the US FTC, has agreed to license it’s SEP-patents under FRAND terms to it’s competitors. Furthermore, Google will not seek injunctions to block rivals from using patents essential to key technologies.

12,5 billion…that’s all I’m saying.

Apple and HTC settle all patent litigation

Apple has announced that it has settled all patent litigation with HTC. All lawsuits will be dropped, and the licensing deal is for 10 years, covering all current and all future patents by the two companies.

The terms remain confidential – but I’m sure they’ll leak eventually, at least in part.

So, it seems pretty much everybody but Google, Motorola, and Samsung have settled with Microsoft, and now Apple.

Google’s Eric Schmidt must be high.

So, AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg interviewed Eric Schmidt…

Choice cuts:

– Talking about the “big four” of tech…not metal…, and why he left out Microsoft again:

Deliberate.

Counting out Microsoft? Ever? Right.

– On Apple ditching Google maps in iOS 6:

Apple should have kept our maps.

Sure, so you could collect even more data for free, selling it to your customers…the advertising industry.

– On Android phones vs. iPhones:

Four times more Android phones than Apple phones. 500 million phones already in use. Doing 1.3 million activations a day. We’ll be at 1 billion mobile devices in a year.

Really? Last time I checked there were around 250 million iPhones in use, yes, just iPhones. You would think the guy can at least count.
Anyhow: Marked for October 2013 – 1 billion Android phones.

– On FRAND/SEP patents:

I can’t talk about it because I don’t know the details and “because it actually just gets me too upset.” Patent wars are a disaster for all of us. Everyone can find prior art for everything. So the new trick is to get judges to block devices country by country. It’s bad for innovation, it’s bad for choices.

Says the big guy at the company that copies everything, and initiates FRAND patent litigation through Motorola all around the world.

– On integrated ecosystems/devices, and if anyone can compete with Apple:

Google is doing that with Chromebooks.

Yeah, that is working out real well…

– On Google’s “end game”:

We want to be in the center of the information revolution. “The world doesn’t need more copycat products; it needs innovative products.”

LOL! Sorry, had to…

– On which company he would like to be CEO at:

I was on Apple’s board, and I’ll always have a soft spot for them. I was very good friends and very close to Steve Jobs, and we miss him dearly.

Damn…what an asshat.

So, in closing, yes – it seems he’s high as a kite.

Googlerola pulls all tablets, all but three smartphones from german market.

As reported by Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents:

The company that Google bought for $12.5 billion to protect Android from patent threats cannot even protect itself.

Areamobile, a high-quality German news website focused on wireless communications devices, reports today (in an article that also mentions last Friday’s ruling) that German customers face a “heavily-shrunk” choice of Android-based Motorola smartphones. I had previously heard something similar from a news agency reporter who is following some of the German Android-related lawsuits. Areamobile noted that Motorola Mobility’s German website lists only three Android-based smartphones — and no tablet computer.

…and let’s not forget how this all started:

But to be clear, now-Google-owned Motorola Mobility is not a victim. It was Motorola Mobility’s choice in the spring of 2011 to sue Apple in Mannheim before Apple filed any lawsuit against it outside the United States, and to sue Microsoft in Mannheim in the summer of 2011, also before Microsoft filed any non-U.S. lawsuit against it. Motorola Mobility was trying to take advantage of the fact that injunctions are routinely granted in Germany — and of German case law relating to standard-essential patents. For the same reason, Samsung also sued Apple in Germany before Apple brought any German litigation against Samsung. And Samsung has not won anything against Apple in this country to date.

Open.