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The Apple-Samsung patent lawsuit might finally end today

Apple and Samsung have been tied up in litigation for long enough to merit a mention in some of the later books in the Bible, but an end might finally be near. Today, the two companies are moving into closing arguments in a court case that’s settling the last detail in the case: How much money Samsung has to pay Apple.

An earlier trial already settled that yes, Samsung infringed on Apple’s fundamental right to the rounded corner and grid of icons, among other things. The billion-dollar question now is how much Samsung should pay in damages. Apple’s argument is that most of the profit from any device that had any infringing component should be payable, which works out to around $1 billion. Samsung, shockingly, thinks the number should be much smaller.

The damages are being re-litigated due to a Supreme Court decision last year, which recommended that the Appeals court re-examine the damages that had been awarded to Apple due to Samsung’s infringement of its design patents. Samsung has been pushing for a retrial to re-examine the damages for years, and Sunday’s ruling is a major victory for the company. FOSS patents explains what Samsung’s been through to get here:

Samsung had originally asked Judge Koh for a retrial (in vain at the time), then the Federal Circuit (in vain), then requested an en banc (in vain), then petitioned for a writ of certiorari (successfully), then convinced the Supreme Court that the standard to design patent damages that had originally been applied was incorrect, then dissuaded the Federal Circuit from affirming the original ruling after the SCOTUS opinion, and, just last summer, persuaded Judge Koh that it had not waived its “article of manufacture” argument.

The key question that’s being argued here is what profits Samsung will have to pay to Apple: all the money made from selling smartphones containing design elements that infringe on Apple’s patent, or just a percentage of those profits, as the design is only one minor element of a smartphone’s design.

This mini-trial has been running all week, and CNET has a great breakdown of what expert witnesses from both sides have been saying. 

Galaxy Note 9 won’t have the feature everyone wants, so Samsung confirmed something no one wants

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9 flagship phone will undoubtedly be one of the best smartphones on the market following its release this summer. It’ll feature impressive performance, plenty of power, a sleek design, a gorgeous Super AMOLED screen, and all the stylus features we’ve grown to love on Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones. But it’s also shaping up to be one of the most boring new smartphones of the year, which is bad news for Samsung and for its fans. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are two of the best smartphones on the market, too. But sales have been slow because there are no exciting new features to encourage people to upgrade. Instead, the S9 series is just an iterative upgrade that looks almost exactly like last year’s Galaxy S8 series phones. In fact, Galaxy S9 sales have been so slow that wireless carriers in the US slashed the phone’s price just one month after it was released.

Unfortunately, it appears as though we’re in store for more of the same from the Galaxy Note 9 that’s expected to be released ahead of schedule this coming August. The phone will likely feature specs that are nearly identical to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ along with a design that’s nearly identical to the Galaxy Note 8 from 2017. There was talk of one exciting new feature that would certainly have piqued everyone’s interest, but it has reportedly been scrapped. In an interesting turn of events, Samsung seems to have realized that the Galaxy Note 9 may be doomed to follow the same path as the S9 and S9+, so it has already begun to confirm some of the phone’s new features.

Rumors that first surfaced a few months ago suggested that the Galaxy Note 9 would be Samsung’s first smartphone to feature a fingerprint sensor integrated into the display. This was wonderful news, because it meant relocating the sensor from its annoying location on the back of the phone to a spot that actually makes sense. Sadly, a more recent leak from a source with a solid track record revealed that Samsung won’t be adding an on-display fingerprint sensor to the Note 9. Subsequent reports out of South Korea have mirrored that sentiment, suggesting that the first Samsung phone to feature an ultrasonic fingerprint reader under the screen will be the Galaxy S10 set to debut early next year.

With the one feature we’ve heard about that might have actually made people want to buy the phone off the table, is there anything that could make this new flagship phone a bit more appealing? The good news is Samsung just confirmed a new feature that will debut on the Galaxy Note 9. The bad news is it’s a feature no one wants.

As noted in a report Friday morning from The Korea Herald, a Samsung executive said on Thursday afternoon that the Galaxy Note 9 will be Samsung’s first smartphone to feature the next-generation version of the company’s Bixby personal assistant. Samsung Research’s artificial intelligence boss Gray G. Lee confirmed the news, stating that Bixby 2.0 will debut on Samsung’s next flagship smartphone.

Details are scarce for the time being, but the report states Bixby 2.0 will feature “enhanced natural language processes, improved noise resistance capability and quicker response times.” There’s nothing terribly exciting about any of that, especially considering all the impressive new features Google is in the process of adding to Google Assistant. We won’t know exactly what Samsung has planned for Bixby 2.0 until the full details are announced this summer, but don’t expect anything as exciting as an on-display fingerprint sensor would have been.

Samsung compares its newest flagship to a 4-year-old iPhone and finally wins

With Apple and Samsung currently duking it out in court — yet again — over damages stemming from their 2012 lawsuit, Samsung today rolled out a new ad which pokes fun at the iPhone X notch and the “Batterygate” saga that embroiled the company late last year. The commercial is incredibly well done and even ardent iPhone supporters have to concede that Samsung’s advertising efforts are some of the best in the business.

As to the “Batterygate” saga, you might recall that Apple late last year admitted to throttling performance on older iPhone models in an effort to prevent unexpected shutdowns. Apple’s admission predictably generated an avalanche of criticism and ultimately forced Apple to provide battery replacements to iPhone owners at a steep discount. With that in mind, the slow-down in performance caused by Apple’s iOS updates is at the forefront of Samsung’s latest ad.

The commercial begins with a woman catching a flight at the airport trying to bring up her boarding pass on her iPhone. Of course, with its performance throttled, it takes a frustratingly long time for it to finally load. A passenger with a Samsung device, of course, is able to get through security in no time at all.

Following that, our heroic iPhone user tries to watch TV on her device only to be thwarted once again by hampered system performance. She glances to her right, and with jealous eyes, sees a passenger with a Galaxy S9 watching a movie.

After a few more instances of the iPhone owner being impacted by slow system performance, she finally heads to an Apple store where she tells an employee that her phone is “really slow.” The Apple employee responds, “You could turn off the performance management feature but it might lead to unexpected shutdowns.”

Her only real solution? An upgrade.

All in all, it’s an A+ commercial that portrays the iPhone in a negative light without being too preachy, even though the iPhone model in the ad is ancient. You can check it out below.


Samsung moving up Note 9 & Galaxy S10 launches over poor Galaxy S9 sales

Samsung’s next-generation Note flagship could be just two months away as supposedly poor sales of the Galaxy S9 series prompted the South Korean firm to roll out the next Note one month earlier, as early as August. Plus, a foldable “Galaxy X” device will reportedly be joining the lineup in 2019.