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Apple Struggles to Break Ties with Samsung






California – They say that breaking up is hard to do. This really seems to be the case in the matter of Apple and Samsung.

Samsung is Apple’s biggest rival when it comes to smartphones and PC tablets. Coincidentally, the former is also Apple’s main supplier for the chips used in iPhones and iPads, at least until 2014. Imagine the predicament that Apple seems to find itself in. After all, how can you break ties with the company that supplies almost all of the major components of your devices even the better part of the decade involved patent lawsuits left and right?

Never the less, Apple seems to have already found a way to get out of Samsung’s path for good. After much technical delays, the company has finally sealed the deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. earlier this week. This deal has long been rumored but the reason why it has taken forever to push through is because the previous TSMC chips were unable to meet the performance standards set by Apple. However, TSMC has finally figured out how it can meet Apple standards and that is by utilizing the advanced “20-nanometer” technology in manufacturing the chips it will be supplying.

The breaking of ties could seriously hurt Samsung’s revenues. After all, orders from Apple amount to more than 10% of the company’s revenues. It has been noted that Apple has been trying to break ties with Samsung since 2008.

Both Samsung and Apple declined to comment on this news.



Apple Complains About Polish Page


WARSAW – Apple, with a recent victory by a patent case against rival Samsung , is eyeing to Page A.pl. Polish Internet.

The Polish Patent Office said the maker of the iPad, the iPhone and the iPod has filed a lawsuit accusing copy one page of their icons to your logo and exploited to gain customers.

“The Apple brand is widely recognized and the company says it A.pl, using a name that sounds similar, and is using Apple’s reputation,” said spokesman Adam Taukert patent office.

A.pl Chief Executive, Radoslaw Celinski, said that “the accusation is ridiculous.” The firm, which currently does not use the logo in question, checks Apple demand.

No date has been set for the hearing.

Lawyers for Baker & McKenzie, which represents Apple in Poland, was not available for comment.




Apple’s Action on Wall Street Shines


Shares of Apple closed Monday up to 1.88%, to 675.68 units on the Nasdaq market, according to data from CNNMoney.com and after hitting an intraday record high of 676.73 dollars.

On Friday, a U.S. jury determined that the South Korean firm copied Samung key features of the iPhone and the iPad and ordered to pay compensation of 1,050 million dollars to the signature block.

Just on August 20, Apple became the most valuable company in the U.S., when its shares reached 665.15 U.S. dollars value to reach a market value of $ 618.900.

The verdict could lead to a total ban on sales of key products of Samsung and Apple likely to consolidate in the mobile communications market.

Samsung said the decision is “a loss for American consumers” because they stifle competition and raise prices.

Apple said it plans to seek a ban on sales of some Samsung devices within the next seven days.


Foxconn Worst Recorded Historical Loss


HONG KONG  – Foxconn International Holdings (FIH), the mobile assembly company largest in the world, published the worst net loss in its history for the first half of the year due to weak orders from key customers such as Nokia Oyj , hit by the economic slowdown.

FIH, whose partner Foxconn Technology Group helps assemble iPhones and iPads for Apple, reported a net loss of $226.07 million for the January-June period, far outweighs the loss of 17.65 billion a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

It was the largest loss of FIH for the first half of the year since it was floated on the stock exchange in 2005.

In addition, FIH warned that uncertainty in global demand for mobile phones was complicating its forecast for the rest of the year and said the administration would focus on reducing costs in the sector, beset by a demanding competition for market share.

“Looking forward, the challenging economic conditions around the world can continue sowing uncertainty in our business environment. Administration remains cautious about the future of the mobile market conditions in 2012,” said FIH.

“Our main focus on will be doing our best to control costs. We have a number of measures in place and one of them is to increase automation in certain parts of our production line,” said company spokesman Vincent Tong.

The firm, which does not publish quarterly results, posted a net loss for the first half for the fourth consecutive year.

Shares of Foxconn International, which has suffered a decline of over 40% this year, closed up 2.9% on Monday, prior to delivery to the results.


Apple Estimates the Damage from Samsung



An expert witness Apple Inc. said Friday that consumers would be willing to pay $100 for three patented features of the smart phones that are in the center of the lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

John Hauser, a marketing professor at MIT, said he consulted to clients via the Internet on how much they would pay for some of the technologies included in the application, as the touch scroll and the recognition of multiple contact zones, which Apple says Samsung stole.

However, Samsung Hauser sank with questions about whether his study actually relates to the decision making of clients in the real world.

In addition, the director of Apple’s patent portfolio, Boris Teksler described the licensing strategy of the company saying that you can have “one hand” the number of times it has allowed other companies to use their design patents. Teksler no mention of these firms.

Apple and Samsung have not given way in a patent dispute that emulates the struggle for supremacy between rival industry , which together control more than half the sales of smartphones in the world.

The U.S. company accused Samsung of copying the design and some features of the iPad and iPhone, and calls to ban sales of South Korea in the country and compensation for damages.

Samsung, which attempts to spread in the U.S., says Apple violated some of its key patents for wireless technology.

At the end of the second week of the trial ended in federal court in San Jose, California, most of the testimony focused on technical patents.

However, at day’s end Hauser said that consumers would pay tablets $90 for the same patented features which would have paid $100 smartphones.

This information could be relevant when calculating damage for Apple, which seeks to $2.5 million from Samsung.

The South Korean company lawyer, William Price, Hauser asked why the jurors did not say how much customers pay for additional features such as computer memory in different models of tablets. That compares to the prices Apple charges in the real world, Price said.

Although Hauser said he was confident in its methodology, eventually acknowledged that their results do not necessarily correspond to what consumers actually pay for such technology in the real world.

“This is related to that, but it is not, not,” said Hauser.

Teksler left the stage after Hauser ended. While Apple is open to license patents on certain categories of said Teksler, they are very resistant to give other companies access to technology that has made central to his “unique user experience.”

All Apple patent suit against Samsung fall into that special category Teksler said.

After Samsung launched its Galaxy S phone in the summer of 2010, Teksler said the former chief executive of Apple’s current chief Tim Cook, Samsung contacted personally to complain.

Apple is one of the largest customers of the parts manufactured for Samsung smartphones and tablets.

“We were very surprised,” said Teksler. “They were a partner you trusted,” he added.



Apple Shows 126 Evidences Against Samsung



Susan Kare, the designer who created much of the appearance of the original Macintosh, took the witness stand Tuesday in the multimillion-dollar lawsuit Apple filed against Samsung for patent infringement.

Kare slide A was shown to attach (test no. 44 of the plaintiff), a comparison between a full screen of iPhone icons and a screen similar to Samsung Galaxy S1, along with instructions on how Samsung designers could use the Apple working to improve theirs. (Examples: “use highly intuitive icons” and “change the long names for the simple.”)

If the slide was not enough to convince the jury that Samsung deliberately copied the look and “brand image” of Apple (a legal term for the appearance of a product patentable), Apple had many more tests in the hole. There were 126 slides in total showing Samsung doing the same thing for almost every aspect of the iPhone user interface, from the graph on the main screen to the way a map can be manipulated to show more menu options in the Maps application.

These slides were part of the report, “Relative Evaluation Report” that Samsung created in March 2010, following the launch of Galaxy S phone and before the debut of the SII and SIII Galaxy teams.

Samsung fought hard to keep the report out of the hands of the jury. On Tuesday, Apple managed to introduce as evidence in an English translation (along with the original Korean) marked as Exhibit No. 44 of the applicant.

AllThingsD has published a Scripd version of the document admitted by the court.



Amazon Seeks Patent Guidance


SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon.com recruit a team of IP experts to lead its plan to acquire licenses and patents, in the midst of their increasingly intense battle with Apple and Google face the segment of mobile devices and content digitally.

Amazon hired the executive recruitment firm, Argos Search, to help find a “leader in investments and “intellectual property” acquisitions to identify and evaluate strategic opportunities for the acquisition of IP and licensing,” according to a job description obtained by Reuters this week.

The candidate would work closely with leading technology equipment and development of future projects for Amazon, as described.

“At Amazon, we are growing rapidly in many new and innovative technology areas,” the company said in the text.

“To support and protect our expansion we are looking for an executive to work with our business teams to identify and seek intellectual property,” he said.

An Amazon spokesman did not respond to an email in which he was asked to comment. Thomas Wedewer, Argos executive recruiter who works in the project, also declined to comment.

The search suggests that Amazon is trying to get more patents, either through acquisitions of companies that have in abundance or the purchase of portfolios of patents or licenses, according to experts in intellectual property.

It is also a sign that the third largest retailer on the Internet is serious about its intention to take a greater role in the segment of mobile devices and digital content, they said.

Amazon is known for developing their own patents, but mostly in the commercial online. An expansion to mobile devices and digital content delivery for these phones require a number of different licenses, intellectual property, experts say.

“As we go to wireless devices and digital media, they have realized that the best way to handle this is to be more proactive in IP,” said David Pridham of IPNav, which helps companies make money from their patents.

“They are following Apple in delivering digital content to their own hardware devices (…) That’s the kind of technology around which they want to build an IP barrier,” he said.

Buy or build intellectual property licenses in these areas will help to protect against possible Amazon claims alleging violations of patents of other companies, Pridham said.



Sharp Struggles to Survive


TOKYO – Sharp may be limited to one option for survival: to abandon its consumer business and commit as a manufacturer of components for Taiwanese partner Hon Hai Precision Industries, which like Japan, is a supplier of Apple.

With serious liquidity problems , the pioneer of LCD televisions depends on the support of banks such as Mizuho Financial Group and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.

A source of one of the leading banks told Reuters that, in exchange for their help, these lenders may insist on closer ties with Hon Hai and sale of business other than LCD. All to raise cash.

Faced with a reduced earnings outlook and cut its credit rating, investors have begun to question the viability of the company founded 100 years ago.

Sharp insists that Hon Hai proceed with a deal in which lose money by taking a stake in the company.

Battered by foreign competition and declining demand for its televisions, as well as too few buyers for their LCD screens, the company’s shares have lost almost Nippon three quarters of its value since early this year.

The cost of insuring its debt against a default has grown since February.

A stake in Sharp would give Hon Hai, which on Monday saw its shares rise, some control over another part of the Apple supply chain.

Sharp offers screens for the iPhone and iPad U.S. company, also part of their devices mounted on the soles of the firm Hon Hai.

So, the future of TV assembly plants in Japan Sharp, Poland, Mexico, Malaysia and China may be uncertain, with the thousands of jobs they offer.

Sharp was the first Japanese company that produced television sets in droves.



The Battle of Apple and Samsung Continues



SAN FRANCISCO – Two high-tech titans face off in federal court on Monday in a trial that will be closely followed and is part of their fight for control of the super smartphones and tablets in the U.S..

Apple Inc. filed a civil lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. last year, considering that the smart phones and tablets of the largest manufacturer in the world are illegal imitations of its popular iPhone and iPad products. The company based in the Californian town of Cupertino demand $2.5 million in damages, a figure that would exceed by far the largest failure to date issued patent violation.

Samsung accuses Apple of stealing their patent and that part of the technology at issue-like rounded rectangular design of smart phones and tablets, have been industry standards for years.

The U.S. trial is the latest confrontation between the two companies for the design of their products. A similar case began last week and both companies have litigated in the courts in Britain and Germany. The case is one of 50 lawsuits between different telecommunications companies seeking to improve their position in the growing market of smartphones and tablets is $219 million.

In the U.S., the Federal Court Judge, Lucy Koh, in the Californian town of San Jose, ordered last month that the U.S. market Samsung withdrew its 10.1 tablet Galaxy until the end of the trial, although the judge barred lawyers from Apple to inform the jury of the ban.

“It’s a very emphatic statement of the judge and shows what he thinks about some of the arguments of Apple,” said Bryan Love, Professor of Law at Santa Clara University and specializes in patents. Love said that although the case will be decided by ten jurors, the judge has the authority to overrule its decision if you think you missed.

“In a way much of the case are not Apple’s claims for damages, but if Samsung can sell their products,” said Professor Mark A. Lemley, Faculty of Law at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology.

Lemley also said a ruling in favor of Apple could indicate to consumers that the products with the Android operating system, such as Samsung, are in legal limbo.

A ruling in favor of Samsung , especially if their demands contends that the other party to pay multimillion amounts for certain transmission technology that controls could expensive Apple products.




Investors See Slower Growth in Apple


SAN FRANCISCO, California – Apple will face an unusual phenomenon when reporting their results on Tuesday: low expectations.

Few expect that the most valuable technology company in the world (that exceeds the expectations of Wall Street regularly) delivers extraordinary results once again.

The main reason is that consumers are waiting for the new iPhone.

Apple could still surprise the market observers, but many Wall Street analysts and investors remember how the comments on the launch of the iPhone last year led Apple fail to comply with quarterly expectations in the fall for the first time in years.

It is expected that the iPhone 5 hits stores in October (just in time for the holiday season) with a larger screen and thinner and improved search functions.

Its pre-launch has been delayed by the slowing economy in Europe and China, Apple’s main markets outside North America, and the expectations on Wall Street to the “darling” of the market appear more moderate than many can remember in quite time.

“Apple is no longer the company that always exceeded expectations. I hope to exceed the estimates, but do not know if that will happen,” said the manager of Granite Investment Advisors, Tim Lesko, which owns Apple shares.

Bernstein Research analyst Tony Sacconaghi, is a reasonable choice that Apple defaults on its expectations for revenue. These are their reasons:

“The macroeconomic weakness in China and Europe, a lull in the cycle of a product like the iPhone, the introduction of the new iPhone later in China, and the later arrival of the new line of Mac laptops.”

Any setback in demand for the popular smartphone could have a major impact on both revenue and profits, as almost 50% of Apple’s revenues come from exactly such a device, which is 5 years old.

The results also will be reported at a time when Samsung and other manufacturers that use the Android software from rival Google, are eroding the market share of Apple.

Apple is expected to report a profit for its third fiscal quarter of 10.35 cents per share on total revenues of 37.200 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.



Apple is Moving Away; But Facebook Accelerates

Apple confirmed their position as the most valuable company in the world, with an amount of 182.951 million dollars (mdd), representing an increase of 19% over 2011, according to the study of “The 100 Most Valuable Global Brands in the World”, presented by Millward Brown.

“It seems that the death of Steve Jobs did not leave any effect on the mark and left everything very well maintained for years after his death,” said Ricardo Barrueta, director of the consultancy.

This ranking is done for seven years with data collected from the consumer’s opinion, Bloomberg financial reports on companies, and the contribution of the brand with its products.

The “bell” in this count gave Facebook , who advanced 16 positions and is now within the top 20 most valuable companies in the world, with a rating of 33.233 billion.

“At this rate of growth would not surprise me to see this social network within the top 5 most valuable brands,” Barrueta said in an interview.

The valuation of Facebook, which first appeared in this ranking in 2010, was made before the company started trading in the Nasdaq, although the manager said the company already reported financial status since the end of 2011.