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Did Samsung steal its “Smart Pause” feature from Queen's University? The judge will decide...

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Did Samsung steal its “Smart Pause” feature from Queen's University? The judge will decide...

Queen's University, based in Canada, has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics for technology theft. According to public court documents, between October 2003 and January 2004, the university and the non-profit organization PARTEQ were in negotiations with the Korean company. The latter was interested in using their "Attentive User Interface" technology in its products.


Patented by the institution in March 2003, this technology gives a device the ability to track the eyes of a user and make it respond with a specific action. Which is exactly how the Galaxy devices' "Smart Pause" feature ended up working in 2013. Samsung, however, backed out of the acquisition talks much earlier - around the beginning of 2004.


Thus, on January 31 2014, the university and PARTEQ filled a collective lawsuit. This happens almost a year after Samsung revealed the Galaxy S4 and its "Smart Pause" feature, also available on the Galaxy Note 3, “Queen's University offered Samsung the opportunity to license the technology to create such return on investment. Samsung chose not to do so, and therefore it has no right to use our intellectual property." - the institution claims on its patent litigation website.


It is not yet known when the parties will enter the courthouse to settle the matter.


via GlobalNews

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posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:05 7

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7647; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Here we go again... Just license the damn patent so we all can move on with our lives.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:47

6. ScottSchneider (Posts: 313; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Exactly... It like in the National Treasure ''You stolr the Decleration of Independence''... It was only for the good...

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:43

15. stealthd (Posts: 927; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Samsung isn't a charity. They aren't out to better the public good, they're out to better their bottom line.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 14:40 3

21. Ashoaib (Posts: 1275; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I damn care who has the patent, I just want more and more features.... keep stealing samsung, keep it up...

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 12:59

29. andynaija (Posts: 453; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Look at you foolish goat, encouraging theft! Shame unto you!

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 22:24 2

27. lalalaman (Posts: 291; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Lol...who is stopping you from moving on with your life??? U can do all u want in ur smurf village...these patent wars shall not come in ur way;):D

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:11 3

2. praveen1033 (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


the feature is nearly 2 years old and they are fighting for this now
i cant understand what they(Queen's University) have done so far!

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:22 4

4. a_merryman (Posts: 631; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Its more like nearly a year old considering it came out on the S4. And it tells you in the article that Queen's university offered Samsung the opportunity to license the patent, so I would assume they spent the past year consulting lawyers and in talks with Samsung.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:23 1

12. Nkolsen (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


No it came with the S3. I had it in mine to start with. And Nice to see universities turning into patenttrolls. They had it for 10 years, but used it for nothing.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:35 3

13. a_merryman (Posts: 631; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


"This happens almost a year after Samsung revealed the Galaxy S4 and its "Smart Pause" feature, also available on the Galaxy Note 3, “Queen's University offered Samsung the opportunity to license the technology to create such return on investment."

Literally right from the article. It even says that they were in talks with Samsung all the way back in 2003-2004 (almost immediately after they filed for the patent) before Samsung backed out in 2004. Again, this is all in the article right above us.

That is not a patent troll, it is a university who did the research and patented it, then worked with a non-profit org to license it for companies to use....of which Samsung initially wanted to before backing out. Then Samsung puts the technology in its phones, the university offers to license it and Samsung decides it doesn't have to, even though it clearly knew about that patent before it put it in its phones. It really isn't hard to get...Samsung fanboys always seem to defend them no matter what Samsung does. SMH

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:01

16. Awalker (Posts: 216; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I think had it on my S3 from the start too. I'll check it out.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:07

17. Awalker (Posts: 216; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


The S3 was upgraded to include the feature around the time the S4 was launched.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:38

19. Pancholo (Posts: 375; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Very much like what certain other companies do, but you don't see people going "dude, you stole this from me!" (who am I kidding?). And if they do, the loyal fan base usually uses the " but they made it better and/or from scratch" line. SMH

Do you even lift?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 17:05 2

23. a_merryman (Posts: 631; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Oh, I know other companies do it. But Apple and Samsung fanboys seem to be the worst. I just remember when there was hooplah about how LG and Samsung weren't paying for how much electricity they were actually using in Korea, and fanboys defended Samsung pretty hard (obviously not all did), I can't even begin to understand how they think that would be ok.

But most importantly, just because other companies do something doesn't make it legal or OK to do.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 16:18

22. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3935; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You might be thinking about Smart Stay. Smart Pause was definitely debuted on the GS4.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 19:23

24. pwnarena (Posts: 833; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


it doesn't mean any company can just use it. they had a deal with samsung and samsung backed out but proceeded to use it. isn't that an obvious malice?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:13 7

3. newbey123 (Posts: 389; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Not really surprised. This is what they do, steal ideas and try to take credit. Sammy is like the Hyundai of the phone world. Steal ideas from everyone else and try to pass them off as original.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:31 7

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7647; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Care to explain how the LG G Pro 2 is a blatant copy of the Note 3? Didn't think so.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:48 12

10. technitude (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


They all do, Apples the worst.

i.e. Everyone was increasing their resolution, so when Apple went to catch up, they gave it a name - 'retinal display' which was clearly an attempt to appear like they invented high res on a phone. When you see Apple introduce USB3.0, for the iMac, they are clearly implying that they invented USB backwards compatibility, but PCs had already been doing that for 4 years.

Apple knows their fans think Windows is a copy of the Mac, but they fail to mention that they copied Xerox. The iPhone is a copy of Palm. The iPad is a copy of MS Windows tablet edition and the Kindle. The iPod is a copy of Rio. And weirdly, I've already seen people give Apple credit for inventing the smart watch.

Samsung, LG, Nokia, HTC and Sony might copy some things, but I don't know of any other company that is as deceptive as Apple.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:07

11. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


BAAHAHA... oh my god, you're serious

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:36 9

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7647; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'd say about 80% of his post is accurate, so yes he's serious. Are you?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:14 8

7. sbw44 (Posts: 380; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


That's what CrapSung does best, STEAL!

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:17 6

8. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Samsung... in court... for copying. This is not new

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:48 3

9. Topcat488 (Posts: 1122; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Samsung "Steals" everywhere if it's not from Apple, it's from Queens Uni., or from vacuum cleaners, or refrigerators, they "Samsung steal ideas from washing machine makers, auto makers, ect, ect, ect... That's why they're so big as a company. Go Sammy Go. Hahaha.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:44

20. Pancholo (Posts: 375; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Nobody else does that. It's exclusive to Samsung and the blinding hatred people feel when looking at the color blue. I also think Samsung copied PhoneArena's button palette and design for their own logo... It's so similar and so blue... Have they no shame?

I hope your period is over soon.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 20:19 1

26. Topcat488 (Posts: 1122; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Woot, woot, woot. Somebody escaped from the rubber room. Better call 911 and lock this nut case up again. He sounds MAD. Hahaha

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:08 1

18. Awalker (Posts: 216; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


The patent seems overly broad.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 19:24 1

25. Dunknown (Posts: 80; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


It is clear that Samsung has no capabilities like Motorola, Nokia, Blackberry and Sony do. They have their own proper R&D while Samsung is just out there stealing peoples idea. How terrible! As a Samsung product consumer, I am very disappointed. I would have stick with my old brand Nokia!

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 01:52

28. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 629; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Enough of this stealing and copying...!!!!
A technology which existed and is adopted by several companies, -> Its not stealing.
Had it been limited to that "Queen's University", we would not see adoption & improvement in this technology...
Fingerprint scanner was existing in some devices. Apple adopted and improved on it.
Notification center was already in Android, Apple adopted it.
Bluetooth, NFC etc were on some devices, others adopted..
So, ultimately the user is benefited...
What stealing copying nonsense...!!! fed up of it...

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 13:56

30. AnukulVcool (Posts: 119; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


Samsung don't steal as elegantly as apple used to. They just copy and paste

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