Apple and Samsung each drop two patents from lawsuit sequel

Apple and Samsung each drop two patents from lawsuit sequel
Before the sequel to last year's epic patent trial between Samsung and Apple begins, Judge Lucy Koh wants both sides to cut down on the number of claims. By February 5th 2014, each side is supposed to be down to five patents that they are claiming were infringed, and ten devices that are alleged to have infringed those patents.

Making the cuts is a difficult process considering that each side had 22 devices each in the middle of last month. By yesterday, that list was slimmed down to 18 devices each as each side tossed out older models, some of which are no longer sold. Apple has dropped the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0, and both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.  For its part, Samsung dropped the Apple iPhone 3G, the original generation Apple iPad, and the third-generation Apple iPod touch.

Judge Koh also asked both sides to drop two patents each without prejudice. This means that these claims can be reinstated later in a different case. Apple withdrew its claims on U.S. Patent No. 5,666,502 for a "graphical user interface using historical lists with field classes," and U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604 on a "universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system". The latter patent you might remember as the '604 Siri patent which dealt with using universal search. This patent originally was used by Apple to get a preliminary injunction on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus which was overturned in Federal Court. Apple is still keeping a similar "Siri" patent in its claims list for the new trial.

The two patents that Samsung has tossed include U.S. Patent No. 7,672,470 for an "audio/video device having a volume control function for an external audio reproduction unit by using volume control buttons of a remote controller and volume control method therefor" and U.S. Patent No. 7,232,058 on a "data displaying apparatus and method".

Each side will have to remove just one patent each before the Thriller with manila folders begins next February.

source: FOSSPatents

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22 Comments

1. Kurai unregistered

the two babies are having a fight again? . . .please feed them milk or something . . .

4. zero1

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

I like to see them fight cuz that will make them develop their devices more and more to improve themselves

7. Kurai unregistered

improve? like making the galaxy lineup more plastic and ugly . . . and adding "s" at the end of every version of a new phone model?

19. zero1

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

I see 10 million units of s4 sold in one month you right its ugly why would ppl buy it.

22. Kurai unregistered

10 million units were shipped but not sold . . .

15. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I disagree. All this does is distract them from innovating and funnel away resources.

18. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

They are developing more devices BUT they arent improving themselves. they both are just using same blueprints for every device.

20. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

This is the tech's biggest joke ever. How could they have a trial at Cupertino, apple's backyard. They might as well hold the court at Apple's headquarter office. This trial is such a joke that's it's not even funny. If there is such thing as blind justice, they should have moved the trial to another state, or at least another city. How can you get a fair trial, when most of the people are apple employees or connected to apple in some way. I'd be surprised, if samsung don't get fined another billion or two for anything really.

2. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

another day,another patent war....this sh%t is getting boring,apple growup already !!

3. Igneel unregistered

You mean, both of them should grow up.. *Aah! Finally! I can comment on PA!

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Welcome to the PA comment section, where you'll get bashed for expressing your opinion.

8. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

If you are implying that Igneel was bashing anyone with his comment then you need to look up the definition of bashing. If I misunderstood you then I apologize.

11. Igneel unregistered

Thanks but I've actually been here for a while already. It's just that PA suddenly banned me from commenting or voting last week :P

16. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

By both sides.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah Smurf said it right. Be prepared to get ripped apart on this site, just for being honest. Very few unbiased people here. Inspectorgadget80, gmr1, droiddoes, andro, and Troll are pretty bad.

17. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

so a kid gets picked for being better and smarter(samsung) by bully (apple) coz he want all the attention your telling me the the kid being bullied as no right to stand up to the bully

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's funny how you generalized your post, but singled out apple...wink.

21. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

You forgot to add Samsung's name in there

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Jeezes please enough already Apple and stop your damn bogus patent law suit. We have enough of this crap.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I believe the article clearly states apple, and Samsung. Foot n mouth

9. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Alan, what's the rest of Samsung's U.S. Patent No. 7,232,058? All you're including is, "...on a 'data displaying apparatus and method'." so then what exactly is the function on a data displaying apparatus and method being described here?

10. jimjam unregistered

If only either side had patent #1 phone that makes calls and does other stuff

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