Apple expands current suit against Samsung to include Samsung Galaxy Players and others
Apple has now expanded the suit to cover 17 devices and now alleges that the Korean manufacturer infringed upon eight Apple patents, double the figure from the original filing. The suit now covers the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 and a pair of tablets, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus and the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9. Other phone models include all of the variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II sold in the States, the Samsung Captivate Glide, Samsung Exhibit II 4G, Samsung Stratosphere, Samsung GALAXY Nexus (natch), Samsung Illusion, Samsung Transform Ultra, Samsung Admire, Samsung Conquer 4G and the Samsung Dart.
The four patents in the expanded filing includes U.S. Patent No. 6,847,959 for a "universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system" and was filed 12 years ago. Filed in 2007, U.S. Patent No. 8,014,760 covers missed phone calls such as a button that return dials a missed call or shows contact info. you know the feature on some browsers that allow you to type the first few letters of a often-used URL and have the browser complete the address? That is the focus of U.S. Patent No. 5,666,502 for a "graphical user interface using historical lists with field classes" which was filed in August 1995. Lastly, U.S. Patent No. 7,761,414 on "asynchronous data synchronization amongst devices" allows synched data to appear in the background while the relevant database is being edited at the same time by the user.
2. ljruble (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Seriously. This is so far out of hand now it's not even funny.
5. jacko1977 (Posts: 376; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
nice try apple
i bet there using patents that they dont even own
6. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Wow.. a patent from 1995? Seriously? What's next? You're going to sue everyone because they use plastic - something which was patented - by Apple of course - in the 1800s? Why not just sue everyone because they use matter? Matter existed since 2,000,000,000 BC. And of course Apple created it.
19. E.N. (Posts: 2217; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
lol, they make so much noise. Whining and crying isn't going to change anything. And to be honest, I kind of agree with some of these suits (not all of them of course). Like that web browser bounce effect that Samsung put on their devices.....total rip. Those white dots at the very bottom of the applications list, even though I know is very general/minimal, is still very iPhone-esque. And also to take a screen shot, you push the home button and the power button......very iPhone-like too. And pinch/zoom (not multitouch in general).....they should have won that.
I can understand wanting to incorporate things like a market, multitouch, etc in your OS, but having companies copy those nitty gritty details must be annoying.
8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5170; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I suspect Apple will find that at least 2 of the new 'power' patents are invalid.... Lets see how they do at convincing the judge to grant a restraining order. Personally, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the restraining order to be granted.
No restraining order - life goes on. Meanwhile, the attorneys are billing at $750/hour.
9. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)
with apple's pile of cash, am sure they can afford to pay those lawyers. If only they would just give all that money to charity instead of wasting it on lawyers.
10. roscuthiii (Posts: 1671; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
"...U.S. Patent No. 6,847,959 for a "universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system"
Universal? Doesn't get much more overly broad than that does it?
11. JonBjSig (Posts: 175; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
How long are they going to try o beat others down using patents that they filed over already existing systems?
Apple... this is just just sad.
12. andro. (Posts: 1926; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Its just about time that apple goes and f*cks off.
The mindless ifan drones out there keep asking why theres so much 'hating' of apple,,this article explains exactly why.
I'd also request that phonearena stop these publishing these articles as its the same stupid childish nonsense from apple time after time after time.
13. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
It clear Apple is not suing Samsung, but Android.
14. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
Nice job, Apple! Keep pursuing plagiarists and thieves!
16. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
and the slave and sheep army keeps marching ever forward... oi
15. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)
wow. I smell the hating from a mile away... and while you guys bit** about it... a Samsung truck is unloading ipad3 screens in Cupertino...
17. downphoenix (Posts: 2142; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
More like Shanghai, they dont make those Ipads in America :p
18. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Childish. . . they should get grounded for this