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

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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83 Comments

1. iblackdroid

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

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

10. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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…

14. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

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

40. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

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$$**** ?

59. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

57. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

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

48. Striker

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

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

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.

80. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

82. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

76. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

85. JLMCGE01

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 21, 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....!!!!!

2. TARDIS

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 18, 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

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

4. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 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."

5. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

8. ilia1986 unregistered

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

17. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Don't spoil it for everyone else.

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.

33. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

38. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

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

47. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

83. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

86. JLMCGE01

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

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

74. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

81. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

84. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

51. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

LMAO!!

67. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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

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