11 patents belonging to Apple and Microsoft that Android has been found to have infringed

11 patents belonging to Apple and Microsoft that Android has been found to have infringed
Things have not been looking too good for Android in the courtroom as Judge Lucy Koh in quick succession has ordered preliminary injunctions against the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. The former has been replaced with a sequel model while the latter is being shoved out of the limelight by the Samsung Galaxy S III.

FOSS Patents has come up with a list of eleven patents belonging to Apple and Microsoft that an Android manufacturer has been found in court to have used illegally. Let's start with EP2059868 which is a patent relating to a "portable electronic device for photo management," which was used by a Dutch Court on August 24th, 2011 giving Apple an injunction against certain Samsung handsets. On March 1st 2012, a court in Munich used this patent to order a permanent injunction in favor of Apple against now Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility.

U.S. patent 7,469,381, relating to "list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display" is actually about the 'bounce' that users see on their phone at the end of a list being scrolled. On December 2nd 2011, The United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that this Apple patent was valid and infringed upon by Samsung.

U.S. design patent D618,677 covers the ornamental design of the Apple iPhone while U.S. patent 5,946,647 is about a "system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data." This is the patent that focuses on what is being called "Data Tapping" and was used December 19th by the ITC to order an import ban on some HTC devices. It was also used by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to grant Apple's motion for a preliminary injunction against the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. Motorola Mobility tried to prove this patent was invalid in the Northern District of Illinois using summary judgment motions, but failed.

Next is European patent D1964022 for "unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image". In other words, this is the infamous slide-to-unlock patent, which was used by a Munich court on February 16th 2012 to issue an injunction for Apple against Motorola Mobility. "Generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device," is the subject of U.S. patent 6,370,566 used on May 18th 2012 to order an import ban in the U.S. for Motorola devices that infringe on the patent. European patent EP1304891 is for "communicating multi-part messages between cellular devices using a standardized interface" and was used to give Microsoft an injunction against Motorola Mobility's Android devices just days after Google closed on its purchase of Motorola Mobility. This patent is already being enforced in Germany.

An Apple iPad related design patent, D504,889 was used by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on June 27th, 2012 to grant an injunction requested by Apple against the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1, a tablet that has already been replaced by the sequel in Samsung's lineup. In the Summer of 2011, a court in Dusseldorf used the European version of the U.S. design patent to give Apple a injunction against the tablet in Germany. Perhaps the most famous of the newer wave of patents being used by Apple in court, U.S. patent 8,086,604 is the so-called Siri patent or '604. It was used on Friday to give Apple its asked for injunction against the Samsung GALAXY Nexus and could be used against the sizzling hot Samsung Galaxy S III.

We are down to the last two patents. U.S. patent 8,046,721 is the second slide-to-unlock patent. While it was not used to order the injunction on the GALAXY Nexus, in its ruling the court said Google and Samsung both infringed on the patent. Lastly, U.S. patent 8,074.172 covers the "method, system, and graphical user interface for providing word recommendations" which is basically your typical autocorrect patent. In the recent injunction order against the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, the court said that Samsung and Google infringed on this patent.

The list does not include patent cases that were withdrawn or overturned. Of the 11 cited, 9 are Apple patents with the remainder belonging to Microsoft. And while Apple has these victories, the only non-standard essential patent Apple was found in court to infringe on was Motorola's push-notification patent in Mannheim. Google's only win over Microsoft (as Motorola Mobility) also came in Mannheim and is based on two standard-essential patents although it cannot be enforced soon.

source: FOSSPatents



1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Seems that this article will attain a lot of comments...

95. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

There are basically two types of readers on this website. The first group can read the information and remain objective. The second group is all the other types, and I've never seen so many people express their unhappiness based on known facts. Judge "Lucy" Koh (not "Lucky Koh) wanted both sides to sit down an reach an agreement and it was clear Samsung didn't want to settle. Okay, we now go do the path that Samsung doesn't want to go -- facing a battle where they have been adjudicated for infringing on Apple's patents. This is NOT NEW NEWS ... this is the natural progression because this was what Samsung wanted when it knew it was infringing on Apple's IP. Samsung must now reap what it sows. I have been writing for a long time on this website that from a business perspective, Samsung should apologize, make amends and move on. Samsung's push in the mobile business was flawed as if gaining market share at any cost was the right choice. When you steal people's IP, don't be shocked when they sue you in court. I have also been writing on the need to create new patents and how the patent system encourages people and companies to invent. As a patentholder myself, I was very impressed with Apple's slide to unlock feature and I knew someone will get around that patent, and I wasn't suprised when Google employed a systems of dots as an unlock feature. This is how innovation is supposed to happen -- you INVENT new ideas to overcome the current status quo. Stealing IP is just bad business. The bottomline is if the courts don't protect patents, then there won't be any patents to protect. We need the courts to protect patentholders.

126. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

A lot of comments that will probably think Samsung has did no harm even though there's evidence and a judgment that they do infringe on patents owned by Microsoft and Apple. Justice needs to be served.

132. ilriz08

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

the heck even the slide-to-unlock is a patent! i wish the apple would just go to hell. because they copy even features made by other companies and patent them for themselves then sue the creators of that features.

128. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It's like a human body with patents on every organ's function

138. jimjam unregistered

even the dirt under the toenails

2. LOLpple

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Seriously, F*CK apple. Sub par novelty products aside, I cannot abide a company that tries to win by taking choices away from the consumer vs building a better product. Absolutely, disgustingly shameful.

118. ifan98

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

No..Apple is the best...Most advanced..!! I love apple

124. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

He cited specific reasons why he doesn't like Apple, and all you can say is "Apple is the best" without backing up your claim? Fantastic argument you have there.

133. ilriz08

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

the heck apple is s**t they dont do their own hardware they just buy it from samsung and sony.

127. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Don't blame Apple. Blame Samsung for violating patents and not wanting to pay royalties.

3. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

These are all either trivial, stupid, or just plain ridiculous. "A portable electronic device for photo management." THAT APPLIES TO EVERY CAMERA EVER MADE. Slide to unlock is ridiculous as well. Android's unlock doesn't go the same way or even look the same. It also has several other options other than just sliding your finger across the screen. Oh my God. F**k apple.

5. LOLpple

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Right? What will they sue for next? "our phone is oblong, so we're going to patent a shape and sue everyone that has ever made anything rectangular in shape." F*ck apple, bunch of butt hurt nerds, can't make anything other than an ipod in various sizes so they try to c*ck block anyone that actually innovates and improves their products from the previuos itteration.

139. androidrockzz

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

the entire idea of a mobile by Apple was taken from other companies!!! Apple dint make the first mobile .. they just copied it,now they want justice ???.

105. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

At the end of the day, there appear to be work-arounds for each of the 'infringing' patents. For example: 1. Is slide-to-unlock an existential function? Remove it and the injunction falls on its face. 2. Same for bouncing scroll. 3. HTC developed a work-around for the data-tapping issue. I imagine the work-around is not patented, so Sammy could use the same solution if its handsets are infringing. And, and, and. What is compelling about the handsets are the hardware specifications in conjunction with the core Android O/S - not slide to unlock, bouncing scroll or data-tapping.

113. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Also why samsung only, xperia models have slide to unlock they are not suing sony niether nokia in the "portable electronic device for photo management." I had a Nexus imported for my friend now put me in jail and i will use "slide to unlock" and get out of there thanks crapple for the original innovative idea.

119. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

simple answer, apple is being a f**ked up kid who is jealous and scared of samsung.. f**king butthurt company..

134. ilriz08

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

because they know the s iii will kick the fight right out of the super crap apple iphone 5.

137. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Thank God Apple wasn't around to patent the automobile in the late 1800's. Imagine this; Apple holding the patent to "An internal combustion vehicle with two to four pneumatic tires for transportation of persons or payloads". We would have a half a dozen vehicles to choose from, and probably still stuck in the 50's technologically...

4. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

This bimbo is no judge Posner!

10. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

i wonder what this will mean to android in America if the nexus is found to infringe on any of the patents

11. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

REally things like the bouncing are a big deal? who cares get rid of it on my phone and i'd never notice. I understand the whole Idea behind patents but it seems like arguing over them really slows down progress. everyone share every patent and lets just see who makes the better phone out of the bunch.

13. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Why innovate when you can litigate? #AppleLogic

14. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

All these lawsuit of apple doesn't make them winner, Apple now is the blacksheep of mobile world. Instead of improving more of all the technologies that we have now, apple wants to monopolize it and stop other companies to innovate and use it. They think they are the only one should run the mobile business but sadly they are not capable of doing it. Their dominance of all lawsuit will come to an end, perhaps sooner. Being a blacksheep never succed, they will be doomed hopefully next year. Just saying...

15. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Capitalism gone wrong again.

16. ron1niro

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I don't understand fanboys. Let me give you a scenario; Google invests time and money into making android. They try to make it as user friendly as they can, they add features that will differentiate it from ios or windows phone. Some of those features, they want to keep exclusive to android and so they make them patents which means that for any one else to use them, they have to seek permission from google and if google accepts, then they have to be paid. Now, Mr apple who makes ios identifies one of those features of android and uses it in ios without google's permission. Google has the right to take apple to court because they have used their intellectual property without permission. No matter how small a feature might look to you, it helps in selling a product. If apple and microsoft thought that the infrigement was insignificant, they wouldn't have gone to court. Google has very few patents compared to other tech giants like microsoft, apple, nokia and sony. That is why they never take anyone to court because no one will infringe on what you don't have. It doesn't mean that they are the good guys, it just means that nobody copies anything from them while they copy a lot from others. Simple as that.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So you're saying that, hypothetically, if Apple had a crappy notification system that users didn't like, and they saw a nice, funtional one on Android, and they ripped it off,...wait, what was the point?

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You know what the point is...

27. LOLpple

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

That you're a moron AND a WELCHER? Is that the point or just a fact of life?

58. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Meant to thumbs up. Sorry.

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