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Thailand Patent Office Tweets Existence of Two New iPhones

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Episode 1110

Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission inadvertently tweeted its approval of two new iPhone models for sale later this year. This is the year of the big redesign of the iPhone, which Leo refers to as the "tock" of the "tick-tock" development schedule from Apple. Apple has called a meeting with the Commission to discuss the matter. Leo says this doesn't necessarily mean we'll see two new iPhones, though, but he hopes so.

Samsung vs Apple Verdict In: Apple Awarded $119 Million

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Episode 1079

There have now been two lawsuits between Apple and Samsung. The first was in trade dress, or the "look and feel" of the phone. The jury awarded Apple over $1 billion, siding with Apple that Samsung stole the design. In this most recent lawsuit, the jury wasn't as much in favor of Apple. They awarded Apple $119 million, which fell short of the $2.2 billion Apple was seeking. The jury also found that Apple infringed on one of Samsung's patents, and gave Samsung $158,400.

Didn't Apple just copy everything they own from someone else?

Episode 903

Rick from Long Beach, CA

Rick feels Apple is being hypocritical by suing Samsung, since they haven't really invented anything new. They merely refined existing technology. Leo says that if Apple owns patents, they have to protect them. Apple does innovate, even after refining a technology. The problem is that software patents really hamper innovation because the patent law duration is 17 years, and that's an eternity in software development. This is why Leo says reform is needed.

Samsung Loses, Apple Wins in Patent Lawsuit

Episode 903

In a sweeping decision, a jury awarded Apple over $1 Billion dollars in damages in a patent lawsuit that claimed Samsung knowingly copied hardware and software designs of the iPhone, and that Samsung's technologies violated Apple's patents. Leo says that if the infringement is willful, and that was what the jury concluded, the judge can triple the damages. On the other hand, the judge could also lessen the fine, or even overturn the findings.