Apple expands current suit against Samsung to include Samsung Galaxy Players and others
Apple has now expanded the suit to cover 17 devices and now alleges that the Korean manufacturer infringed upon eight Apple patents, double the figure from the original filing. The suit now covers the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 and a pair of tablets, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus and the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9. Other phone models include all of the variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II sold in the States, the Samsung Captivate Glide, Samsung Exhibit II 4G, Samsung Stratosphere, Samsung GALAXY Nexus (natch), Samsung Illusion, Samsung Transform Ultra, Samsung Admire, Samsung Conquer 4G and the Samsung Dart.
The four patents in the expanded filing includes U.S. Patent No. 6,847,959 for a "universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system" and was filed 12 years ago. Filed in 2007, U.S. Patent No. 8,014,760 covers missed phone calls such as a button that return dials a missed call or shows contact info. you know the feature on some browsers that allow you to type the first few letters of a often-used URL and have the browser complete the address? That is the focus of U.S. Patent No. 5,666,502 for a "graphical user interface using historical lists with field classes" which was filed in August 1995. Lastly, U.S. Patent No. 7,761,414 on "asynchronous data synchronization amongst devices" allows synched data to appear in the background while the relevant database is being edited at the same time by the user.