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Apple Attacks Samsung Again

David Gilbert


Apple Attacks Samsung Again

It seems as if 2012 is set to continue in much the same vein as 2011, with Apple and Samsung set to face off in court once again.

The latest installment in the companies’ legal battle sees Apple applying to a federal court in California to ban the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones, which uses the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich. The application by Apple claims the phone breaches four patents including new features such as a voice-command function.

Currently the Galaxy Nexus is only smartphone which is running the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android though it is likely that other companies, such as HTC and Motorola, will launch handsets running this software in the very near future.

"Google cannot deny its undivided responsibility for any infringement findings. A preliminary injunction would not prohibit the sale of a Galaxy nexus just because it's called Galaxy Nexus or looks like one: it's all about which patents it infringes on," said independent patent expert Florian Mueller in his blog Foss Patents.

"I am absolutely certain that...for the preliminary injunction motion the Galaxy Nexus was singled out because it's so new, and important."

Mueller believes the court will rule on this motion within a matter of months. The analyst goes on to say that one of the patents, related to data tapping, should be “a slam dunk.” This is the same patent which Apple won a victory at the International Trade Commission back in December against HTC.

It seems as if Steve Jobs assertions that he would do everything in his power to destroy Android while CEO of Apple, is something Apple will continue to carry out despite his absence.

Source: Reuters and Foss Patents


February 13, 2012, 7:06 pm

I really don't understand how Apple could have patented the data tapping. Even Nokia Series 40 phones going back many many years had the ability to pull phone numbers out of text messages so unless this is specific to emails I don't see how it could be patentable?

Going even further, surely Skype's web browser plugin that detects phone numbers in web-pages and highlights them with a "call with Skype" button pre-dates the iPhone and/or this Apple patent?

Then there's the "slide to unlock" patent - or as I prefer to call it "patenting a digital dead-bolt simulator". This one is essentially Apple saying "we have the most effective and simple unlock method and we want to be the only ones to use it" otherwise it would be a legal request for a license fee rather than an outright ban.

Then there's the voice-search patent... hasn't Android been using voice-search for a lot longer than iPhones have had that capability? Then there's the recent interview with Apple co-founder Mr Wozniak who said that his Android phone does voice-search better than his iPhone 4S which just suggests that Apple is doing it's "they've done it better than us, we can't allow that" and are trying to ban the competition rather than make something better - just like what happened with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs iPad!

Apple: grow the hell up and compete with better products not better lawyers!

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