Apple and Samsung each drop two patents from lawsuit sequel
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.