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Qualcomm settles gender discrimination suit for $19.5 million

Qualcomm will pay $19.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by female employees who claim they were paid less and denied promotion opportunities that were given to men. The deal stipulates that the company must implement policies ensuring that w…

Qualcomm settles gender discrimination suit for $19.5 million

Qualcomm will pay $19.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by female employees who claim they were paid less and denied promotion opportunities that were given to men. The deal stipulates that the company must implement policies ensuring that w…

EFF sues US government to void 'onerous' copyright rules

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has sued the US government in an attempt to overturn a part of the DMCA that it says violates the First Amendment. The provisions, contained in Section 1201, restrict user access to purchased content in…

Samsung fires back at Huawei with its own patent lawsuit

Huawei filed a lawsuit against Samsung back in May, accusing the Korean corporation of infringing on some of its 4G-related patents. Now, it’s Samsung that’s on the offensive: according to Reuters, it has filed a lawsuit of its own against Huawei for…

Twitch says 'CS:GO' gambling broadcasts are prohibited

The niche world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skin gambling is starting to crumble. Last week, two YouTube personalities were outed as the owners of CS:GO Lotto, a third-party gambling website that used CS:GO weapon skins as currency for…

Valve distances itself from 'Counter-Strike' gambling sites

Last week the internet was buzzing with news that a few popular YouTube gaming personalities were involved in ethically shady business ventures. No, different ones from this week. What happened was Tom “Syndicate” Cassell and Trevor “TmarTn” Martin o…

Apple Faces Patent Lawsuit Over iPhone's Battery Technologies

Somaltus, LLC has filed a complaint against Apple today in an Eastern Texas district court, accusing the iPhone maker of infringing upon its 2010 patent related to complex battery technologies. The small Frisco, Texas-based firm also filed lawsuits against Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba over the same patent.

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The lawsuit claims that the iPhone 6s and any similar devices sold by Apple infringe upon U.S. Patent No. 7,657,386, titled “Integrated Battery Service System,” and seeks unspecified monetary damages or, alternatively, a running royalty on sales of infringing devices from the time of judgment going forward.

Defendant sells, offers to sell, and/or uses telephones including, without limitation, the iPhone 6s (the “Product”), for example, and any similar devices, which infringe at least Claim 1 of the ‘386 Patent.

On information and belief, the Product includes a battery service system including a processor (e.g., the A9 chip), which is configured to receive signals from connectors coupled to a battery (e.g., the Product’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery).

Specifically, it appears that the infringement claim at least partially relates to the iPhone’s process of charging in fast-charge mode until the battery reaches 80% capacity, and then adjusting to trickle-charge mode above 80% capacity.

On information and belief, the processor executes the control codes to continually adjust a charge level to the battery. The Product has a charging system according to which the system operates in fast-charge mode until the battery reaches 80% capacity and then adjusts to trickle-charge mode when the capacity exceeds 80%. When the capacity drops below 80%, the system gain adjusts to fast-charge operation. The purpose of the system is to reduce the charging level applied to the battery at high capacity in order to extend the battery lifespan. Thus, the system adjusts the charging level applied to the battery and does so continuously as the battery charge capacity repeatedly exceeds and drops below 80%.

Somaltus, LLC generally fits the description of a “patent troll,” as it does not appear to provide any obvious products or services and lacks an easily identifiable online presence. Nevertheless, it has successfully reached out-of-court settlements with automakers like Ford and Nissan in the past in relation to the same particular patent.

The legal complaint’s case number is 2:16-cv-00758 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

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Hyperloop One's BamBrogan allegedly left due to harassment

When Hyperloop One co-founder Brogan BamBrogan quit the company last week, it prompted plenty of questions. After all, the prodigious former SpaceX engineer walked away from a startup that he’d built just when things were getting exiting. Now, Buzzfe…

MakerBot didn't mislead customers about broken replicators

A Minnesota court has dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought against Makerbot that said the company had knowingly-produced dodgy 3D printers. The firm was accused of fraudulently misleading both investors and customers after talking-up the f…

Snapchat faces class-action suit for sexually explicit content

Snapchat has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit accusing the service of showing sexually explicit content to minors without providing the proper warning. A 14-year-old John Doe and his mother filed the lawsuit in California after he came…

Pennsylvania Man Sues Apple Over Web Carousel Use

Pennsylvania resident Samuel Lit has hit Apple with a lawsuit claiming that the company infringed on his patent for web carousels, according to documents filed in the Northern Illinois District Court (via AppleInsider). Apple’s website typically features a homepage with a carousel containing four to five windows displaying its products.

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Lit owns U.S. Patent No. 8,793,330, which is a “system and method for displaying graphics, art, text, animation, video and other content.” It’s described as a “three-dimensional ‘Display Carousel’ system” that can cycle through its windows in a rotating manner that makes it look like a carousel at a predetermined speed.

The lawsuit claims that Apple’s website, which also has a system that cycles through windows in a rotating manner at a predetermined speed, infringes some or all of the 20 claims of the patent. Some of Apple’s infringements on Claim 16 include having a “system for displaying content,” a “display carousel embedded” into the website, a display engine to deliver the carousel content when its on a web browser, and a database to track how many customers purchase things linked from the carousel.

Lit is seeking “reasonable” royalties with interest. While Lit is a radio broadcaster, he used to work with software systems and engines for Hy Lit Radio Technologies, which was named after his father Hy Lit, another radio broadcaster. He previously attempted to monetize his patent via a website called YourDisplayCarousel.com but the site shut down in December.

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Huawei sues T-Mobile over 4G patents

It took a while, but Huawei finally has a response to T-Mobile’s lawsuit from 2014. The Chinese mobile giant is suing T-Mobile US for allegedly violating 14 patents on 4G wireless technology. Supposedly, the Uncarrier rejected a 2014 offer to license…

Blizzard sues an 'Overwatch' cheat developer

Blizzard has about as much interest in stamping out cheaters as you do, and it’s willing to go to court to keep things clean. The company has filed a US lawsuit against Bossland, a German developer whose Watchover Tyrant app is designed solely to hel…

Jury awards HP $3 billion in damages from Oracle

In yet another legal tussle between HP and Oracle, a jury has decided to award HP $3 billion in damages. The case stems from Oracle’s decision to stop developing software for HP’s Intel Itanium-powered servers in 2011, which HP says is a breach of co…

ACLU sues US over law limiting data discrimination studies

It’s no secret that algorithms can be biased against certain demographics, but the American Civil Liberties Union wants more proof — and it’s willing to go to court to get it. The organization has sued the US in the belief that the Computer Fraud an…

Florida Man Sues Apple for $10+ Billion, Says iOS Devices Copy His 1992 Drawings

Florida resident Thomas S. Ross has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringe upon his 1992 invention of a hand-drawn “Electronic Reading Device” (ERD). The court filing claims the plaintiff was “first to file a device so designed and aggregated,” nearly 15 years before the first iPhone.

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Between May 23, 1992 and September 10, 1992, Ross designed three hand-drawn technical drawings of the device, primarily consisting of flat rectangular panels with rounded corners that “embodied a fusion of design and function in a way that never existed prior to 1992.”

What Ross contemplated, was a device that could allow one to read stories, novels, news articles, as well as look at pictures, watch video presentations, or even movies, on a flat touch-screen that was back-lit. He further imagined that it could include communication functions, such as a phone and a modem, input/output capability, so as to allow the user to write notes, and be capable of storing reading and writing material utilizing internal and external storage media. He also imagined that the device would have batteries and even be equipped with solar panels.

Ross applied for a utility patent to protect his invention in November 1992, but the application was declared abandoned in April 1995 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after he failed to pay the required application fees. He also filed to copyright his technical drawings with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2014.

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While the plaintiff claims that he continues to experience “great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money,” he has demanded a jury trial and is seeking restitution no less than $10 billion and a royalty of up to 1.5% on Apple’s worldwide sales of infringing devices.

Ross v. Apple, Inc. was filed with the Florida Southern District Court on June 27. The case number is 0:2016cv61471.

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Airbnb files suit against San Francisco over rental laws

Airbnb’s long-running tussles with home-city San Francisco have escalated even further. The rental outfit recently sued the city, claiming that a new law requiring hosts to register their living spaces with local government before listing them via Ai…

Expect a settlement in the Volkswagen emissions fiasco tomorrow

A federal judge has given Volkswagen until Tuesday, June 28th, to present a plan aimed at making amends in the diesel emissions scandal that’s been dogging the company for nearly a year. Reuters and Bloomberg report that the settlement will cost VW $…

AP: VW will shell out $10.2 billion to settle emissions claims

Volkswagen is set to pay $10.2 billion to settle claims in the emissions-dodging scandal, the AP reports. Last year, Volkswagen was caught using software that disguised the true emissions output of 600,000 of its diesel vehicles sold since 200…

Your iBooks price fixing credit is on its way

Don’t fret about your piece of Apple’s e-book price fixing settlement — the check is in the mail, virtually speaking. The attorneys behind the class action lawsuit have revealed that digital credits from the case will start reaching book buyers fro…

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