US District Judge Lucy Koh greenlights a lawsuit filed in May about disappearing iMessages when switching from an iPhone to an Android device.
Judge Lucy Koh earlier this week ruled not to institute a permanent injunction against Samsung for selling older-model smartphones found to infringe Apple patents.
After a district court judge rejected a $324.5 million settlement in August, the tech firms are hoping the Ninth Circuit will intervene.
After a federal judge threw out a settlement in August, the two sides have come together and are requesting a new trial date.
A US judge rules that Apple won't "suffer irreparable harm" if Samsung continues to sell various older smartphone models that may include patent-infringing components.
Judge Lucy Koh says class action suit, also involving Intel and Adobe, has compelling evidence that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was "a, if not the, central figure in the alleged conspiracy."
The decision by the USPTO, while relevant to the most recent Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement trial, isn't final and could take months or years to come to conclusion.
A deal settles all lawsuits pending outside the US, but US patent lawsuits between the two are unaffected.
District Judge Lucy Koh threatened to sanction one of the best-known lawyers in the country and asked another legal titan if he was on "crack." A rookie judge builds a reputation for being tough.
Courtroom pyrotechnics: U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh makes it clear there have been too many low blows in the patent case.