• Patent Peace in South Korea:  Samsung and LG Electronics have settled their contentious patent and trade secret dispute relating to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology that is widely used in flat-panel televisions and computer monitors.  (via CNET)
  • For the second time in a week, the Federal Circuit denied Apple’s request for an en banc hearing (this time an initial hearing of Apple’s appeal of Judge Lucy Koh’s denial of a permanent injunction against Samsung).  However, the court did note that “a party” (i.e., Apple) could argue to the panel about the need to overrule precedent or any other bases to hear the appeal en banc.
  • Apple’s “slide-to-unlock” feature patents have been well-documented (and well-litigated).  But as Dennis Crouch at Patently-O notes, Micron Technology just received a patent for a slide to unlock feature that dates — could this add another wrinkle to the smartphone wars?