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Samsung GALAXY Nexus not Apple-proof as Cupertino firm sues Samsung over 4 "high-power" patents

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Samsung GALAXY Nexus not Apple-proof as Cupertino firm sues Samsung over 4
Back in October, none other than the CEO of Samsung, J.K. Shin, said that the then unreleased Samsung GALAXY Nexus was made in a way to avoid patent infringement suits. Then in January, Apple sued Samsung in Germany alleging that the first Android 4.0 handset violated its "slide-to-unlock" feature. That filing opened up the floodgates as FOSS Patents is reporting that Apple has filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeking a preliminary injunction against the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. Apple claims that four "high -power" patents have been infringed upon by Samsung in the production of the phone, which was targeted by Apple "because it’s so new, and important".

The first patent in the suit is U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 , which the ITC has already put an import ban on HTC for using. This patent is for "system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data,”  and with the prior ruling against Taiwan based HTC, FOSS Patents says this particular patent should be a "slam dunk" for Apple. HTC removed the offending feature and did not appeal, telling you how strong a case Apple has on this patent. The next patent involved is U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604 which relates to "universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system," or in other words, this patent protects some of the process involved in unified search and the technology used for Siri.

The third patent allegedly used illegally by Samsung is U.S. Patent No. 8,046,721 which, as we already noted, was the subject of a prior suit by Apple to protect its "slide-to-unlock" technology. The actual phrasing on the filling says this patent is related to "unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image". According to FOSS, even the head of the Taiwanese government was worried about this patent. Lastly, U.S. Patent No. 8,074,172 protects the "method, system, and graphical user interface for providing word recommendations," which deals with auto-correct and other word completion features that make it easier and faster to type on a touchscreen.

While FOSS Patents notes that Google has left certain features out of its stock Android devices to prevent just this sort of thing, Google might have to make some hard decisions when a ruling comes down in a few months. If the court finds that there is an infringement of Apple-owned patents, Google could simply changing the program code of the phone. But in doing that, the Mountain View based firm would be admitting its culpability in an infringement case relating to a lead device.

Three of the patents appear to be very recently granted as they start with an "8" and the 8 millionth U.S. patent was awarded just this past September. The Samsung GALAXY Nexus first launched in Europe two months later.

source: FOSSPatents

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posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:34 33

1. iblackdroid (Posts: 67; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Apple why dont you fight with phones and not in the courtroom... Apple is run by a bunch of poltroons

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:53 15

10. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


how can u say apple when they have a patent that presides over "unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image"? u expect anyone to sit around with such a patent? i think samsung, htc, moto, anyone wud use that too its full extent… in my opinion this is more the patent offices fault for loading apple with these patents…

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:57 12

14. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


The thing is, Motorola had the slide to unlock feature way before Apple.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 15:14 8

40. rf1975 (Posts: 238; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


You are wrong dear. First to implement this system was Neonode a Swedish phone manufacturer same year (2005) Apple file the patent application.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 14:52 10

34. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


so you are basically saying that if some one is not watching you, it gives you the right to be an a$$**** ?

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 02:23 2

59. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


not at all… but if someone gives u all the tools too, says its okay, legally allows u too, and it makes u much richer, what would u do?

apple should not be given every tool it needs to do stuff like this… but honestly i dont blame them, companies are out there to make money… i have no doubt moto, microsoft, or htc would do the same if they had such patents.. and they are with what they have

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 00:26 4

57. vijaysivakula (Posts: 162; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


We should do a macarena before the phone to open it. Maybe that is what apple wants.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 17:26 4

48. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Actually they do, mate. More than 80% of the worlds' smartphone sales profit goes to? Yes, Apple! :)

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 08:35 5

62. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


the next thing ROTTEN FRUIT gonna file the patent for would be, "watching porn on your mobile device in landscape mode". they will surely get it and then sue everybody on this planet.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 11:33

80. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


you must be a sicko if you watch porn on your device..

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 11:46 2

82. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


why pass judgement. it doesn't matter if He does or doesn't watch porn. what matters is that he should be able to do it if he wants.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 13:22

76. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Ifan drones keep wondering why theirs so much 'hating' of apple. The childish controlling nature of apple in this article is the exact reason why.

Constant thirst for control,never looking to innovate always looking to sue anyone with products which better their own. Thank god ultimately android is and will continue to massively outsell ios

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 21:32

85. JLMCGE01 (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


They can't fight with their phones.... why? because its all crap!!!.... Google is still waiting on their notification bar patent approval and once that happens.... I'm sure apple WILL be getting sued for iOS5 and its notification bar.... and I'm pretty sure that Apple will also be getting sued for using a face to unlock your phone.... apple has had its 15 years of fame.... all they are doing is producing garbage.... and let me tell you... the garbage stinks, and all they do is rip off other people to implement on their devices....!!!!!

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:35 18

2. TARDIS (Posts: 16; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


Apple deserves it's own dedicated section on this website for all of the articles that have posted relevant to Apple suing other companies and vice-versa. WE MUST KEEP A RUNNING TALLY lol

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:36 8

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5534; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Just because a patent is awarded, doesn't mean it is not invalid. Attorneys are going to make out like bandits on the patent litigation.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:37 18

4. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)


"Slide to unlock technology" wow these people really have their head way up their ass. Seriously every time apple files another law suit it's like an episode of south park. You're just looking at it like "really? are these people that ridiculous and self absorbed."

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:38 9

5. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Breaking News Apple sues someone. What? This happens everyday? O well then here is your daily Apple Sues someone post I wonder who is it going to be tomorrow.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:42 23

8. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Tomorrow: Apple sues itself for 67,564,849 patent violations.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 13:03 7

17. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Don't spoil it for everyone else.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 13:15 7

21. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Dear Apple. I will forgive you for all your sins. Just please please PLEASE bring a major UI overhaul in iOS 6.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 14:33 2

33. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I could see widgets coming in iOS 6 but most likely the big thing will be the iPhone 5

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 15:06 2

38. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


iPhone 5 aka iPhone 4SS. Breaking leak: will have a 4x4 icon grid and an unmissable Marimba ringtone.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 16:58 1

47. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


The iPhone 5 should be a major change and considering how good the iPhone 4 was a I could see the iPhone 5 being very good aswell.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 12:27 2

83. tedkord (Posts: 4282; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


biophone wrote:

"I could see widgets coming in iOS 6 but most likely the big thing will be the iPhone 5."

I could see widgets coming in iOS 6, then lawsuits against any other phone that has widgets the day after.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 21:33

86. JLMCGE01 (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


Only for Google to come in and shut them down!!!!

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 13:15

74. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Apple change anything much in the next updates.....are you crazy??? The origional iphone ui and design is pretty much the exact same as the 4s

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 11:36

81. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


-"The origional iphone ui and design is pretty much the exact same as the 4s"-

"pretty much" or "is the same"... those two are 2 different thing.. and is not he same. so yes .... is pretty much the same...

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 12:29

84. tedkord (Posts: 4282; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


With the addition of a revolutionary new notification system. Honestly, I don't know where these genius Apple designers come up with such inspired ideas, which everyone else then steals.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 18:54

51. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


LMAO!!

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 12:49

67. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


LOL, good one, hehehehehehehehe! i think its gonna get to that point

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:40 16

6. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


thumbs up if you saw this coming

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:41 5

7. remyrz (Posts: 184; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


why always german court.. >_>

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:54 8

12. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Only place they can win? It's not like their winning the phone war or anything. Pick your easy battles Apple......

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:49 15

9. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


This is the kind of behavior that keeps me away from apple's products.

Sheesh. Its despicable. I can't wait until Google acquires Motorola and turns the tables on apple.

I can see it now, "googlerola sues apple for infringing on the patent for transmitting data via a cellular radio." I can't wait.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:55 5

13. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


I'm waiting for that day. then I'm going to drop a deuce on the nearest Apple product.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 14:25 2

32. thnkthru3 (Posts: 73; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


Actually I think your not that far off the mark...one of the patents is so vague... as to seem to apply to any handheld computing radio type device.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 14:55 8

36. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


exactly. despite making beautiful devices they always act like bunch of a$$h**les. i just hate rotten fruit.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 13:18

75. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Think everyone but ifan idiots are just annoyed with this constant childish apple behaviour. They should just carpet bomb every apple building in any hope of saving the world.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 11:38

65. Sdubb3 (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


I like Moogle. Lol.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:53 6

11. BioTek (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


How unsurprising.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:57 1

15. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i decided i dont apple because they have their fans just like android, But this is getting ridiculous

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:57

16. jibraihimi (Posts: 657; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I like the title of the post..... 'galaxy nexus is not apple proof'....... Hahahaha...... Now every manufacturer will have to think out of box to make new phones, and like ipv6 certified water and shock proof mobile, they would also need to get aip5(apple iphone5) certification..... This certification will prove that the mobile is not a copy of apple in way, and they can't be sued by Apple........ :)

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 13:05 4

18. jibraihimi (Posts: 657; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Apple loves suing so much, tat in future they will become full time attorneys and will stop making and devices......... Minimum qualification to become apple employee will be graduation in law......... And every apple employee should be ready to take the role of attorneys, to fight the lawsuits filed even in African Forests, against all the rivers and snakes for moving so smoothly, and against all the animals for being so innovative......... :) :)

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 15:57

44. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


LOL ! Apple full time attorneys !!!

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 12:52

68. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


LOL, hehehehehehe! I'm like literally rolling on the floor laughing my Apple head off.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 13:10 3

19. Pings (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


OK the way I look at it is. The US government is crooked. That's known. Apple will lose most if not all patents in court against Android in the US. Not because Apple are full of themselves and 90+% of the patents cases are BS. No they will lose because Android just signed contracts with the DOD and US Military. The US gov has invested interest in Google/Android. As other governments follow suit their lawsuits will be a thing of the past worldwide. With that said even without the invested interest angle. How many of these lawsuits will Apple lose before they just give it up. Come one Apple just because Android is a superior OS doesn't mean you have to pull out BS lawsuits. "Apple: if can't beat em, well sue em" Not only that I've read here and other places that Apple customers themselves say they will no longer buy Apple products. Yeah I know Apple just had their best sales number ever, but that is mostly over charging on cheap hardware at premium price.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 18:32

49. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Lol. You mean vested interest, not invested interest.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 13:13 7

20. medicci37 (Posts: 593; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Wish Anonymous would start hacking apple.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 13:23

22. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


This. Cause a little real chaos

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 13:25 1

23. Pings (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Why so those fools can give out all the wrong info. Like they did with the UFC. "Don't mess with us Dana White. We'll put all your info online" Oh yeah, but the morons gave out the wrong info. Some poor lady got her house broken into and a gun pulled on her, because some crazy fan thought she was Dana White. Yeah let's get the morons at Anonymous to start hacking Apple. From what I understand that liitle kid got caught for that (the UFC hacking). There are more Anonymous members though. The funny thing it would be supper easy from them to do. Everyone knows Apple has the worst security (pwn2own), and it would probably be super easy to do. Unless Apple's own security is not ran on Apple products. Which would be even funnier.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 13:35 10

24. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


the funniest and MOST ridiculous one is the slide to unlock patent as there is prior art to just that...you just need to check YouTube...I swear the US patent has to be the stupidest business/people etc if they award patents to things that already exist...it seems like its about who's got the more money...as for the other patents well phones before the iPhone did most of them....its reasons like this and many others I despise apple and stay away fom apple products...I know lawsuits have always existed it but it wasn't this ridiculous until apple became big headed.. don't even think Microsoft were this bad when they were at the top.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 13:38 8

25. jacko1977 (Posts: 382; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


dont say anything bad about crapple coz iphonearena will ban ur account

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 13:50 7

26. Zayuh24 (Posts: 148; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


This is hilarious IMO... Apple is suing everyone over patents that are COMMON SENSE. Unlock screens, computer-generated data performing system operations (hence an Operating System), user-interface for retrieving data, etc. All forms of technology perform the latter 2, while all phones MUST have a way to protect their owners' identities. Why do courts even bother with this bull? And how does this bull PASS?!

If Apple isn't completely dominant in an area, they'll try to force you out of business with bs patents based on common sense... I can see the older Galaxy lawsuits, as the Galaxy branded phones had a strong resemblance to the iPhone at first glance but had different builds. I just don't see the purpose of trying to monopolize the mobile world.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 13:59 4

27. dallas90733 (Posts: 35; Member since: 06 Mar 2011)


Hopefully when this deal with Moto go thru, they can send all 18,000+ pats the own to put apple out of business. and by the look of things it's coming ( Moto victory over apple)

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 14:19 6

30. irvinkeith (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)


ok, for the record I am an apple fanboy and i'm sick of all the lawsuits just as much as everbody else....but i'm curious as to how Apple got away with the "Notification Center" in iOS 5 and not get sued.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 21:27 5

53. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


cuz google doesnt go around inspecting every other device on the market and sue for the most ridiculous features.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 22:49 6

55. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Because Android is supposed to be an Open source project, which I think means you can take elements of it and put it somewhere else, like Bada OS has adapted the pull down notification system too. But I really feel they should limit who gets to use it, not let your competitors steal it...This also why Google hasn't sued Apple over anything yet, it's mostly done by Android OEMs.

Anyway, I'm not too worried thou, iOS's notifications still sucks, you still can't tell when you get an email because it isn't shown on the status bar, and the notification pull down is usually clustered with useless crap like stock and advertistments from apps and foursquare crap...

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 00:29 4

58. vijaysivakula (Posts: 162; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


The next thing to happen is that Apple would patent the Notification system and the stupid dumb US Patents office would accept it. And Apple would sue every other manufacturer.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 14:23 6

31. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


This just in: The highest paying job in the world is being an lawyer working for Apple.

Do they ever get time off and see their families and friends!?!

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 12:59

69. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


LOL, i doubt, they forever working. I'm sure every lawyer has every single fone from the competitors and checking out, and comparing who got more to sue for.

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