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A new lawsuit filed in North Carolina on Monday accuses Apple of obtaining sensitive technology prototypes under the false pretenses of a possible partnership in order to gain access to patented heart rate sensor technology it then used in the Apple Watch. Valencell said the company used "agents," presumably not identified with the iPhone maker, to register and download freely-available white papers related to the PerformTek brand the company had developed. Seven identified individuals who did so were later found to have designed Apple's heart rate sensor.
Mobile company Ericsson has announced that it has reached a patent licensing agreement with Apple, which will cease legal actions and allow the pair to work on future technologies, like 5G. While no specific figure has been announced, the mobile company is reporting that intellectual property revenue will hit about $1.6 billion in 2015 on the strength of the settlement with Apple, up from around $1 billion in 2014.
Contrary to some speculation that Samsung may have timed its formal request for a Supreme Court review of its first patent battle to specifically avoid paying the $548 million in damages it was order to produce by December 14, court records show the amount as indeed sent to Apple -- though if the Korean manufacturer is successful in its latest appeal, Apple could conceivably have to pay back the money. The award, down to about half the original $1.1 billion jury award for the copying, has been whittled down through numerous appeals and recalculations.
Another patent application by Apple seeks to prevent damage to devices, by using self-healing elastomer layers to plug gaps that can let in moisture. The application for an "Electronic device with hidden connector" explains a way ports in an iPhone or another device can allow for cables to be connected, but to still have all potential water ingress points to be blocked off when the cable is unplugged from its socket.
Samsung has finally agreed to pay Apple damages for the patent infringement trial the companies took part in back in 2012. The South Korean producer will be handing over $548 million to Apple after it was ruled the device manufacturer had copied Apple's designs for its smartphones, with the possibility of Apple receiving the money within weeks, but Samsung is still keen on the possibility of getting it all back in the future.
Apple may be considering entering the 3D printing market, if it uses an idea featured in a recently-published patent application. An application submitted in May last year by Apple for the "Method and Apparatus for Three Dimensional Printing of Colored Objects" describes a way to produce items in a basic 3D printer, but one that adds to the fairly standard process an extra step that introduces colors to what is usually a single-color result.
Future iPhones could be made more resistant to water, if a patent application is put into practice. Recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the applicationconcerning "Electronic Devices with Housing Port Shutters" aims to make devices able to survive against splashes and potential immersion by using electronically-controlled shutters, restricting the amount of water entering the device and ruining important components.
Following a guilty verdict against Apple in a case that claimed the iPhone maker incorporated technology in its A7, A8, and A8X chips covered by a patent held by the University of Wisconsin's Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), a Wisconsin jury has decided that Apple owes the foundation $234 million in damages for its infringement. The award is just over half the among sought by WARF, and considerably less than the $862.4 million it could have faced, but the jury disagreed with a finding of willful infringement.
Apple has been found guilty in a Wisconsin court of infringing on a patent for a "table-based data speculation circuit for [a] parallel-processing computer," granted in 1998 to the University of Wisconsin -- a patent actually cited by Apple in its own filings for a similar patent. Should the ruling not be overturned or modified on appeal, Apple could be facing damages of up to $862.4 million. The university also successfully sued Intel over the same patent, receiving an undisclosed sum in 2008.
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who has presided over both of the previous Apple vs Samsung juried trials (and one prior damages retrial), has set a date in either March or April of next year for the second damages retrial stemming from the first patent trial, brought on by a decision from the Federal Court of Appeals. That first patent trial's original $1.05 billion judgement against Samsung has been steadily whittled down through appeals, and is now approximately half its original amount.