Hello and welcome to the week that was in the world of technology, with Monday arguably reporting the most explosive news story of the year as a U.S. federal court stung Samsung with $1bn damages in its high-profile patent case against Apple.
A Californian jury made the ruling late Friday, recommending the world’s most valuable company be awarded compensation after finding Samsung guilty of ‘willful’ violations of a range of Apple patents.
While Samsung says it will ‘move immediately to file post-verdict motions to overturn this decision in this court, issuing private memos to staff expressing their disappointment with the verdict, Apple immediately pounced at the chance to turn the knife – submitting a list of products they want removed from U.S. shelves.
The world’s most valuable company wants eight Samsung smartphone products pulled from U.S. shelves, the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.
But since the submission Samsung has hit back, issuing a short statement saying: “”We will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the U.S. market.”
Apple shares increased 2.3% following their high-court victory over rivals Samsung, with the company forecast to reach an all-time trading high.
Yet in the biggest twist yet, IT Brief editor and all round good guy Donovan Jackson proved jurisdiction does matter, reporting that South Korean enjoyed a major victory over it’s arch-rival in a Seoul Court.
The relatively scantily-reported verdict came on August 24, the very same day on which Apple triumphed over Samsung in a courtroom not far from the American company’s headquarters.
Such verdicts from either side of the globe draws on the importance of a home crowd which embarrassingly possess clear advantages for the company fighting in their own back yard, making a slight mockery out of the system wouldn’t you say?
Intellectual theft, as courts like to call it, has unfortunately dominated the news this week with a Chinese-born American woman jailed for four years after stealing millions of dollars in trade secrets from Motorola.
Stopped carrying $31,000 and over 1,000 confidential Motorola documents stored on a laptop, external hard drives and thumb drives at a Chicago airport, such actions led to the quote of the week (if Techday so happened to offer such a feature).
“In today’s world, the most valuable thing that anyone has is technology. … The most important thing this country can do is protect its trade secrets,” says Judge Castillo.
On a slightly more positive note for the mobile industry, however, New Zealand’s smartphone market will grow 20% in the next 12 months with over half of adults expected to use the technology by mid next year.
According to a new Smartphone Market monitoring report from Horizon Research, another 621,300 Kiwis are expected to indulge in the market by 2013, increasing the device usage by 20%.
The findings represent another indication of the growing technology market in New Zealand, with Kiwis once again showing their tech nous in expanding their knowledge and gadgets through their wallets.
Another new release which is now up for grabs is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which Mr Jackson gladly previewed on our behalf. After reading this snippet below, it’s probably best you see the rest for yourself...
“In the same way that buying a surfboard won’t make you a surfer, buying a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will not make you a creative genius.”
Jumping to the Channel ship now and Microsoft made long-time employee Brent Colbert redundant as part of a company reshuffle this week.
Colbert’s eight years of service comes to an end as multiple roles where being combined within the company which Colbert simply choose not to reapply.
Renaissance took legal action against Exeed on Wednesday over the alleged holding of over $800k following the sale of its distribution company.
The former IT distributer released an official statement by Chairman Colin Giffney on behalf of the board saying since settling the deal on July 18, “funds of $837,373 had been withheld by Exeed.”
The news follows a turbulent few months for the company, who also lost CEO Shaun Rendell to Kordia last week. Will things turn around?
Yet as Renaissance tries to recover funds, Kim Dotcom has been granted $6m in seized funds from the government to pay for lawyers and living costs, currently totaling $3.6m.
An Auckland High Court cleared the way for the cash, covering current legal fees of $2.6m, estimated $1m future costs and a further $1m to cover rent for the $30m north Auckland mansion where he lives.
With the case against Dotcom scheduled for March 2013, it seems the Megaupload founder is gathering momentum for his defence despite the best efforts from authorities to derail his progress.
Have a great weekend!!