Samsung patent review could save Apple from paying $532.9 million in damages to Smartflash

Samsung patent review could save Apple from paying $532.9 million in damages to Smartflash
Samsung has asked the USPTO to review a couple of patents owned by patent troll Smartflash to see if they are valid. The latter is taking Samsung to court claiming that the manufacturer infringed on patents related to accessing digital data by using payment systems. Samsung just might get a ruling in its favor. A preliminary decision by a patent agency review board found that the patents were invalid since they covered abstract concepts instead of definite inventions.

If the USPTO follows suit, not only will Samsung be spared the expense of a patent infringement trial, Apple will also benefit to the tune of $532.9 million. That is the amount of money that Smartflash was awarded in February by a court that found that Apple's iAd, iOS, the iTunes Store, and the Mac and iOS App Stores had infringed on Smartflash's patents.

Both Apple and Samsung have been accused of infringing on six Smartflash patents. Apple and Samsung together have successfully petitioned for a review of five of the patents by the USPTO while a sixth review (asked for by Samsung) is still pending.

Apple is looking to stall writing out that $532.9 million check since it will be harder to get back once paid. In Samsung's case, it is hoping to avoid having to face-off against Smartflash in a trial that is scheduled to begin in August.

source: Bloomberg

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30 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hook it up Sammy, and Apple should kick you down with a few mil, for helping them out.

9. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

LOL - for a second, I thought Samsung is the Robin Hood here until "BOTH Apple and Samsung have been accused .....Apple and Samsung TOGETHER have successfully petitioned ..." - Great twist there, Alan. But hey, click for entertainment - we're even.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well Sammy does copy a lot.

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Jeez, that's a pathetic attempt at trolling, even by your low standards.

4. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

They even copied the iBend feature

5. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Not a samsung fan, but have any bent in peoples pockets or are we just basing that on the fact that they bent it in a machine?

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yes, plenty of people have had those bending issues from regular use in their front pockethttp://oneofthenine.com/

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Give us a source. Don't worry I'll wait.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I'm referring to the SGS6, the iphone6 and sony ones, we already know they bend. Hell, a non related article on arstechnica had a picture of his iphone6, and it was bent ever so slightly!

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I haven't seen anything for the S6 yet We'll have to wait for a few months to see if it happens with normal use Also that test was with the S6 Edge with the loading pin on its front curved glass I think the S6 would perform much better Or even the S6 Edge with its flat back to the loading pin

26. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

hes talking about the s6

14. tedkord

Posts: 17409; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, Apple does copy more.

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

If Samsung was copying, then so was Apple.

20. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Well Mxy does troll a lot.

24. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Dont you even dare steal Taylor Swift's attention for your beloved Beyonce.

6. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Samsung biggest Apple fan why people still don't get it.

10. seven7dust unregistered

and Appleā€™s is samsungs biggest customer too , only Apple Haters love keep talking smack. Samsung really likes Apple they are good competitors.

12. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Without the other, neither would have advanced as much as they have.

23. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I can say a lot of propagandists dwell here. Were living in the world of phoneArena(Mordor) where the fanboys(orcs)lurk. They wage battles against the true techies(elves,dwarves,humans,etc.). This sparked the first tech debate(the War of the Rings).

30. ShadowHammer

Posts: 207; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

I'm giving you a thumbs up just for how geeky your analogy is! I do find the back and forth between Samsung fans and Apple fans humorous though. I don't own either, so I don't really have a dog in that fight.

13. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"A preliminary decision by a patent agency review board found that the patents were invalid since they covered abstract concepts instead of definite inventions." I'm certain most of Apple's "patents" that Samsung allegedly infringed upon will meet the same fate. How do you expect a foreign company to receive a fair trial in an American court that allowed Apple's attorneys to use xenophobic remarks to evoke the jury's prejudice of foreign companies that destroyed the American television manufacturing industry in the 1970s and 1980s. It's the same tactic that US car manufacturers use to beg Americans to buy (unreliable) American cars. It's all about "Us" versus "Them". That's America for you: You can use unethical methods if it benefits the nation. How do you think slavery lasted for so long? Until the 1940s!!! http://www.nytimes.com/1995/07/18/us/last-us-tv-maker-will-sell-control-to-koreans.htmlhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/11/at-apple-v-samsung-damages-retrial-accusations-of-racism-fly/

17. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

You're right - Only korea can ensure a fair trial where Samsung's convicted fraudster chairman is still hanging around just fine. That's what we should call 'free land'. http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/30/3709688/samsung-25-years-lee-kun-hee

27. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"You're right - Only korea can ensure a fair trial where Samsung's convicted fraudster chairman is still hanging around just fine. That's what we should call 'free land'. http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/30/3709688/samsung-25-years-lee-kun-hee" -dmn666 Yes. I am right. Only Korea can ensure a fair trial against Apple, a foreign company. What's your next concern? http://bgr.com/2012/08/24/apple-samsung-patent-trial-verdict-south-korea/http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10000872396390444812704577608242792921450

19. Sauce5 unregistered

Pocket change for Apple.

21. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

May I be th first to say"YES SAMSUNG. GO KICK THEIR ASS."

22. MarquiX unregistered

I love how Samsung is a good sport, they helping Apple in that $500 million check, they using their more powerful then SD810 chips for Apples A9 production, but all Apple fans can do is complain of how Samsung copied this and that and all Apple can do is sue Samsung.. Pathetic. 1. Sweetie the S6 wasn't a copy of the iPhone 6, get your facts right. (Samsung ATIV se - bit.ly/19Qcxi4 - April 2014) 2. S6 isn't bend gates either, of course the phone is going to bend under pressure! 3. Apple needs to chill, unlike Samsung... Apple just puts the pieces to the puzzle together, while Samsung makes the pieces, test the pieces, sell the piece, and use them. #Samsung

25. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Samsung and Apple is actually making story to fool people though they are enemies to gaint publicity. In reality Samsung and Apple is best friend. Why some people still don't see it. Both use and need each others. They are the best friend ever.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You hit the nail on the head with that one. +1

29. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

So true.

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