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December 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Samsung Electronics Co. sued competitor Sharp Corp., Japan's largest maker of liquid-crystal displays, claiming that it infringed four U.S. patents for the technology used in televisions and computer monitors. Sharp is wrongly importing "products and processes" protected by patents awarded since 2004, Samsung, based in Suwon, South Korea, claimed in a complaint filed Dec. 21 in federal court in Wilmington, Del. The action is part of a continuing battle between the two companies.
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April 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung Electronics Co. has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device, released over the weekend, is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones. Its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, sold more than 10 million units worldwide just one month after being launched last year. The GS5 may be more of an incremental step forward from its predecessor and will face more competition from capable, lower-cost devices. But the new Galaxy is expected to be one of the highest-selling phones in the U.S. this year.
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BUSINESS
February 18, 2006
Walt Disney Co., Time Warner Inc. and three other movie studios sued Samsung Electronics Co., saying the company's DVD players allowed consumers to circumvent encryption features that prevent unauthorized duplication. The lawsuit demands a recall of all Samsung DVD players that allow copy-protection features to be disabled.
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March 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung Electronics Co. struck social media gold when Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres used one of its smartphones to take what has now become the world's most famous selfie. DeGeneres never mentioned Samsung, a major Academy Awards sponsor, but handed actor Bradley Cooper the company's Galaxy Note 3 for the celebrity-filled shot that included Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o. The Oscars selfie was such a viral hit that it crushed the previous record set by President Obama after his reelection in 2012 and temporarily knocked Twitter's service offline as fans retweeted it more than 700,000 times in the first half hour alone.
BUSINESS
December 17, 1996
Irvine-based AST Research Inc. signed a final agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. for a $200-million, two-year bank credit guarantee in exchange for 500,000 nonvoting preferred shares. The personal computer maker has been struggling with quarterly losses, declining market share and continuing executive turmoil as Seoul-based Samsung tries to save it. Samsung invested $378 million for a 40% stake in AST earlier this year and raised the stake to 46% in July.
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April 4, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nintendo, Samsung Electronics Scrap Lawsuits: The two companies said they have dropped the suits they filed against each other after Nintendo alleged that Samsung made illegal copies of its video games. As part of a settlement, neither company will pay money to the other, they said. Nintendo Corp. a Japan-based maker of home video game players and games, filed suit in Seattle in January, alleging that Samsung Electronics Co.
BUSINESS
March 27, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
AT&T Signs Five-Year Deal: Under the contract, the company could sell up to $1 billion worth of computers to the South Korean government and two of that country's largest electronics companies, it said. It's the largest contract AT&T's Global Information Solutions computer unit has signed in Asia. The renewable contract is worth $50 million in 1995, and can be expanded to $1 billion over five years, AT&T said. It plans to sell 500 systems to the Korean government and to Samsung Electronics Co.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Turns out that for Apple Inc., being one of the most innovative companies on the planet does have at least one big drawback. The Cupertino, Calif., company says it is the No. 1 target for so-called patent trolls. In court and regulatory filings, Apple provided a rare look at the amount of litigation it is facing from companies whose main business involves threatening to file patent lawsuits against other companies unless they agree to make royalty payments. Apple has faced nearly 100 such lawsuits in the last three years, according to the documents.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
LAS VEGAS - Local resident Tony Holdip stood admiring the latest technological lust object on display at the world's largest consumer electronics show as a friend joined a crowd of amateur photographers snapping pictures of the immense 110-inch Samsung TV. "This is unbelievable," Holdip said, and commented on the set's brightness and image clarity. "The only problem I can see with this is it's possibly too big. " The Samsung Electronics Co. television set represents the next generation in home entertainment, "ultra-high-definition," or "4K," TV sets that boast four times the resolution of HDTV displays found in American households.
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November 21, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
A federal jury Thursday ordered Samsung Electronics Co. to pay $290 million in damages to Apple Inc. in the latest round of the two adversaries' ongoing litigation over mobile patents.  In U.S. District Court in San Jose, an eight-person jury handed down its decision after a weeklong retrial of a case heard last year in the same court.  In 2012, a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion, agreeing with the company's claims that Samsung's products had...
BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Jonathan Kaiman
BEIJING - If Nicole Zhou reflects how the Chinese feel about Apple Inc.'s latest iPhones, the technology giant may have a huge struggle on its hands winning consumers over in the world's biggest smartphone market. One day after the Cupertino, Calif., company unveiled two new iPhone models - the 5s, with an upgraded processor and fingerprint security system, and the slightly cheaper 5c, with a colorful plastic back - 30-year-old Zhou, an employee at a state-owned enterprise, bought herself a Samsung Galaxy S4 instead.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2013 | By Don Lee
TOKYO - After two decades of economic stagnation, once-mighty Japan is beginning to revive - under policies that some experts say could offer lessons to the still-struggling economies of the United States and Europe. While the Eurozone tries to break out of recession and the U.S. economic recovery remains anemic, Japan has begun to grow at an encouraging rate. The shock-therapy policies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have helped Japan's economy expand for three straight quarters at a pace faster than that of the United States.
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August 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc. are all developing electronic devices that people wear instead of carry. But Google's getting a jump among the fashion-minded. The company's Glass eyewear is worn by models in 12 pages of the 902-page September issue of Vogue magazine. Vogue said it would not release the photos until Wednesday. However, a Google employee posted a snapshot on Google+ . Glass is expected to be available for public purchase early next year, and Google wants to make sure people see the eyewear as something cool rather than dorky.
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August 5, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
A surprise veto over the weekend by the White House of a proposed trade ban is escalating the stakes in an already epic global patent war between technology giants Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Analysts say the decision will probably make the thicket of litigation between the two smartphone rivals even more tangled. At the same time, intellectual property attorneys are trying to understand what the rare presidential intervention may mean to existing patent rules and lawsuits.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
For years, the BlackBerry was the smartphone of choice among professionals seeking ironclad security features and super-fast email. But its perch at the top of the corporate and government ladder, the cornerstone of its business and perhaps its last bastion, has begun to erode. And that's raising worries among investors and analysts that BlackBerry Ltd. may be running out of time. A slew of businesses and government agencies have abandoned BlackBerry phones in recent months, a troubling trend for a company that has been refocusing its attention on business users after watching consumers depart in droves.
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