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.