The judge left open the possibility that he might change his mind, and that's what he did
FORTUNE -- When last we visited Judge Richard Posner's court in the Northern District of Illinois he had issued an order dismissing "with prejudice" the Apple v. Motorola patent infringement case -- an order that was widely reported as the end of the line for both parties.
But the order was tentative, and it came MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 14, 2012 4:17 PM ET
Having whittled the case down to the nub, Richard Posner tossed out the rest
FORTUNE -- First he characterized a Motorola claim as "ridiculous." Then he called one of Apple's (AAPL) "frivolous" and "untimely," warning Cupertino's lawyers that he'd had his fill of such things. Later he told both sides to rewrite their briefs in language a layperson could understand, and forbade Apple from trying to turn the case into a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 7, 2012 4:16 PM ET
The new man comes from the semiconductor side, the old from mobile phones
FORTUNE -- With an Apple (AAPL) patent trial set to begin July 30 and no settlement in sight, Samsung replaced its chairman Thursday.
According to Reuters, the new CEO is Kwon Oh-hyun, a 27-year veteran of the Korean electronics giant. He succeeds Choi Gee-sung, who met with Apple CEO Tim Cook last month in San Francisco for two days of court-ordered mediation MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 7, 2012 5:28 AM ET
Forbids lawyers from trying to make patent case an Apple-Android "popularity contest"
FORTUNE -- If you're following the smartphone patent wars and have never run into Judge Richard A. Posner before, you're in for a treat.
The federal judge who drew Apple v. Motorola is one of America's most respected -- and outspoken -- jurists. He's had a hand in everything from the Microsoft antitrust trial to the Monica Lewinsky case. He MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 2, 2012 11:21 AM ET
In the court-ordered talks that begin Monday, the two sides are playing by different rules
FORTUNE -- The federal judge overseeing the Northern California front of the global smartphone patent war has the power to bring the CEOs of Apple (AAPL) and Samsung -- Tim Cook and Choi Gee-sung -- to a mediation session, but even he can't force a settlement.
The differences between the kinds of patents the two companies are MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 21, 2012 7:09 AM ET
Two models held for inspection after a December patent ruling in Apple's favor
FORTUNE -- In what is believed to be the first tangible effect of the two-year-old proxy war Apple (AAPL) has waged against Google (GOOG) though the makers of Android phones, U.S. Customs officials have delayed shipment of two of HTC newest models pending inspection.
The delay is indefinite, but may turn out to be brief.
In December Apple won a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 16, 2012 7:12 AM ET
Claiming every trial delay is costing them money, Cupertino turns up the rhetorical heat
FORTUNE -- In a motion filed in California federal court Monday, Apple (AAPL) accused Samsung of not only stealing its intellectual property, but using courtroom delaying tactics to steal more of the iPhone's market share.
FOSS Patent's Florian Mueller has the money quote:
"While the parties have been readying the case for trial Samsung has vaulted into first place MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 8, 2012 10:36 AM ET
If it gets its way, the jury will hear no talk of Apple waging thermonuclear war on Android
FORTUNE -- FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller has been reading through the motions Apple (AAPL) and Samsung filed in advance of their upcoming patent trial in the Northern District of California and has come across a few interesting tidbits.
Both sides want to exclude some of the things that have been written about them.
Samsung doesn't want MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 1, 2012 10:53 AM ET
Ordered to meet on 5/21-22. But with more than 50 cases pending, it's probably too early
FORTUNE -- Tim Cook seemed to be putting some distance between himself and Steve Jobs during Tuesday's conference call when he was asked about Apple's (AAPL) flexibility in its ongoing patent disputes with the makers of Google (GOOG) Android phones.
"I've always hated litigation, and I continue to hate it," he replied. "We just want people MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 28, 2012 10:58 AM ET
Yahoo filed a patent suit against the social media giant. Does Amazon have a case too?
By Roger Parloff, senior editor
FORTUNE -- Last month, just weeks ahead of Facebook's highly anticipated IPO, the "it" company of the Internet got hit with a meaty patent suit. Struggling behemoth Yahoo sued Facebook in federal court, alleging that it infringes 10 of its patents, covering such functions as messaging, social commenting, and advertising display. Facebook, MOREMar 27, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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