The big names in any industry always have bullseyes on their backs, and the consumers electronics industry is obviously no different.
Another year, another lawsuit for Samsung.
As a result of Samsung's infringement of the '993 Patent, PACid has suffered monetary damages, and is entitled to an award of damages adequate to compensate it for such infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 284, but in no event, less than a reasonable royalty.Those patents had previously been deemed invalid by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (USPTO), however, so it remains to be seen whether Apple will actually have to pay out any penalty. According PACid Technologies, Samsung owes the company $2.8 billion. The South Korean tech giant has been slapped with similar patent infringement lawsuits before and this time, a data security firm from the United States has just filed one against Samsung. They call companies such as PACid whose business is based on inventing new technology and licensing it to others "patent trolls" because we are not a manufacturer ourselves. The complaint was filed in the Texas Eastern District Court on April 6.
Because Samsung is now leading the FIDO Alliance, an organization that aims to develop standardized authentication technologies, including biometrics, across industries, it's believed that PACid could purse other cases against FIDO members Amazon, Google and LG.
Considering the amount of money that the phones named in the suit generated for Samsung, you can be sure that PACid is seeking a huge judgment in its favor. A quick perusal of the company's website suggests that is indeed the case. All three relate to data encryption.