Samsung sues Apple in Korea over Apple iPhone Notification Center

Samsung sues Apple in Korea over Apple iPhone Notification Center
When Apple launched a Notification Center in iOS 5, the feeling was that it was just a matter of time before Google took Apple to court. Well, as it turns out, it isn't Google but is Samsung that is finally taking Apple to court over the feature. Samsung, based in Korea, has the home court advantage with its filing in the country. Unlike some of the other patents being defended in courtroom battles globally, this would not appear to be a standards-essential patent which means that Sammy could be in for a big pay day.

It is unknown whether Samsung is defending a patent it had received or whether it has enhanced an existing patent that some other company received before Apple launched its Notification Center. And that is the billion dollar question because Samsung cannot sue for something Google patented. Google recently received a Patent in the U.S. for the Android Notifications Center, but technically, Samsung cannot use that to sue Apple unless it was enhanced by Samsung or if it was sold to Samsung by Google.

Apple launched its Notification Center in 2011 for iOS 5 well after Android models had been shipping with a similar feature. The Notification Center on the Apple iPhone allows the user to drag down a screen that shows emails, texts and weather. Even the most die-hard Apple fan has to concede that Apple's legal team has its work cut out with this suit.

source: inews24 (translate), Brightwire, FossPatents via AppleInsider



1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012


5. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

So nothing is going right for fruit...because season is changing and an era is coming to an end soon...!!! Upcoming years will be the years of a real tech giant ----> Samsung

8. MeoCao unregistered

I think that Google will license the Notification patent to Apple, Google is more like a business partner to Apple than an enemy. Google needs iOS to deliver their service, and some extra money does no harm. Frankly I hope I'm wrong.

13. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I think you are. Apple have pay a fees for using notification center. But, honestly, SS shouldn't fall to Apple's level by suing everything. Apple did it own its own.

32. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

I think you are almost right, they will and should pay. Apple shouldn't be above their own tyrannical extortion methods. However, I do think as extra punishment, Tim Cook should get on his knees for Eric Schmidt; 'a little service please?!'

51. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You wouldn't want Samsung to stoop to Apple's level, but when a bully keeps punching you over and over just because he's bigger, sometimes you have to throw some punches back, hoping to land one that's good enough to make him stop.

57. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I don't support hypocrisy. Apple is one. Samsung is strong enough handle such situation. Apple is "trying" to bully him. I doubt SS needs such measures to fight Apple back. Infact, SS has landed a few punch. Its doing good in market, Premium Suite is awesome. I am using it. Leading in phablet category. But, apple getting a piece of its own medicine won't hurt.

45. thelegend6657 unregistered

Why you want to be wrong ? You want apple to die ?


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

GOD when will that day come.....? Awaiting shall be on par with BB Nokia and WP8™®©

81. maxout

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Google do not need iOSiht. google got Motorola Mobility in pocket which will be super boosted in 2 yrs... google didn't spend $12 billion on MMI for no reason.. lol..Google is being smart and playing dumb with the market demand... but final laugh will be from Google.. frankly you are wrong..

93. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

They can remove it for all I care. I didn't use on any of my Android phones and I don't use it on Apple IPhone 5. As for the court battles both of these kids need to play nice and quit the "take my ball and go home" BS. Consumers pay for this garbage.

99. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Business partner to apple? So is Samsung.....

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Based on what? If recent statistics are to show, apple is still very much in the lead.

30. Mr.Alawi

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Lead ?? what lead ? US Lead or whole world Lead? as i can recall from previous posts that Android toke 52% of market share while iOS at marely 35% ... but if you ment Apple on the lead of sueing companies then you are right..

33. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

My friend wake up here on PA itself Sales figures showed that Sammy is the leader in smartphones as they sold 59 million units whereas Apple was a far second with just 26 million what lead exactly are you talking bout?? And as far as Sammy suing Apple....there's an old sayin mate....Payback is a Biy@ch!!! Go Sammy Go!

46. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Uh ohhh u went snoop dog on em phenom lmao...good one dude.

82. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It's losing out in many parts and share is being eaten into by WINDOWS :)

28. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

I'm just shocked that iPhone has notifications; I thought they received alerts through an iOuija board.

43. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Please explain how it's coming to an end for apple? I'd just like to hear your take bro.

49. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

He's right, the end is soon. It's Apple's own fault, they're playing in a rapidly changing and competitive market with a mindset of 2009; it's their own pompous attitude that will be their ultimate demise. I speak to more former iPhone owners on a daily basis now than ever before; they usually have opted for a GS3 or a Note 2. Based on what they've said, they just got tired of the micro hardware updates; they wanted a bigger screen; they wanted a more powerful phone; they got tired of everything being proprietary; they're fed up with iTunes; or, all of the above. The end is near: R.I.P. Apple!!

65. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Good points, I recently sold my ip5 and got the note 2 for those same reasons. Ip5's a solid device, but apple is holding it up with their restrictive nature.

87. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Sad really, truly sad. I always think of saying a little prayer for Apple when I go to church (problem is, I don't go to church) *-(

91. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012


63. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

yeah right, way to go samsung, first you copy and now you try to sue for stuff you don't own.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What on earth did Apple ever invent or make? They stole every-thing and claim they invented and revolutionized it, what a joke, my foot! You're new in this tech news, go research befor posting bogus nonsense ™®©

83. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Apple has patent on copying/stealing i guess :)

44. thelegend6657 unregistered

Google could have sell the patent to Samsung for 1usd and buy back from Samsung with 1usd just to protect its partner

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Payback time! Time for apple to have a taste of its own medicine!

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

More like unreasonable.

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