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

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119 Comments

119. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is WHAT SAMSUNG should of show in their trail here in the STATES. APPLE DID STEAL THE NOTIFACTION BAR and yet still got a way with it. But Apple got away with a billion dollars so low of them to copy someone else.

98. theultimatephoneguy

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Apple made a mess of copying android's idea anyway. when you get a notification, it disappears and you won't see it until you pull down from the top, possibly several hours after the notification was received. Android shows a little unobtrusive icon in the top left hand corner, which is easy to see so you would never miss it. EPIC FAIL APPLE.

96. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

lmfao... Samsung has completely lost the plot. Patents relating to event notifications are way too broad to be considered "non-essential". It therefore comes as no surprise that samsung would only try to pull something as stupid as this on its home soil.

97. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The notification setup is waaaay different on iOS now than when the iPhone first came out. It changed dramaticallly after Android appeared on the scene. Events notifications is one thing....they way its implemented is another. Still surprised this didnt come from Google tho. I dont know why Samsung would think they have a case.

118. willard12 unregistered

I'm sure it's a lot more specific than the "rounded corner."

94. angelesmec14

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

The legal battle continues...

92. leetg01

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

You guys know wrong. Google has no patent of notification Center. However Samsung got this patent in Sep/2000 at Korea. Even before Google made Android, Samsung got this 12 years ago. It is Samsung's long history of phone business. Apple and Google are just newcomers to phone business.

88. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

this is pathetic and the law suits need to stop.

84. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Google has actually patented part of Android? That's a shocker. I would say that Samsung has "enhanced" the default Android Notification system because they are not exactly the same. Good to see an Android manufacturer suing Apple over an Android feature rather than Apple trying to sue the manufacturer over an Android feature.

77. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

i do believe google didn't invent that nofitication but they were the first to use well on android. the IOS is a really ripped off of the android one. also i dont think sammy have the right to sue anyone over this. P.S: so tired , i dont think what i wrote makes any sense. i wrote it anyway :D

59. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

this time Samsung is gonna win.

47. jameshoe unregistered

or they can just do nothing, sell their products, see the winner

38. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Love it. In Korea this case will easily be a Samsung victory. Way to go Samsung. Apple is the one that wanted the war with Android, well they got it.

42. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

yeah. But whats the difference between android and apple then? We need to treat Apple a little differnt for Android to have that moral victory over them.

62. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Difference is they started it. I firmly believe that when someone starts with you, you finish it. Punch the bully in the mouth as hard as you can and continue your day.

86. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

I hear you but then apple can come back with some other stuff and this will be a never ending battle only to hurt both giants

55. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And there's more to come from Android and Samsung!

90. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Korea doesn't really show any particular support to Samsung. In fact, i think it might hurt them a bit. Korean government has been trying to limit the influence of conglomerates like samsung and lg for years. This might the perfect opportunity.

31. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

I think, in the longer run, it will just confuse the consumers over which phones to pick from. I am a big Samsung fan but I belive these patent wars must end.

37. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

I think we all can agree that that patent wars must end bro. That said, we need to tell that to the lawyers who keep cooking up the lawsuits over all this dumb sh*t.

40. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Agree. These companies need to be more innovative and creative (which Samsung is, no offense to Apple fans out there) instead of keeping this meaningless patent wars going on which no one will really benefit from. Like I said, it only really adds to consumers confusion.

27. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

waited for apple to lie down comfortably on a bed of roses then SS lit the whole room on fire....

89. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Saw something like that in a movie once... Sinister was it?

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

DIdnt expect this from Samsung, Google maybe but not Samsung. Tit for tat; whats good for the goose , etc? Maybe....but Apple had to know this might happen. One more thing....Touchwiz notification features were or are nice. Many ppl wanted it in custom ROMs, or apps. How is a company (Apple) gonna sue, claim copying and turn around and have a notification feature that smells alot like a competitors?

19. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Google tried too hard to be the peacekeeper. They are like the UN, all talk and no action. Someone needs to step up to the game.

18. rajagopalan.k

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

well everyone sees this as a payback time for APPLE but the real hero from the story is GOOGLE which decided not to sue the i-asses and showing the i-assed "narrow minded and closed sourced" people that google is a MATURED company compared to i-assed company that say "ALL SQUARES WITH ROUNDED CORNERS".belong to them. google only wishes people (WHICH EVEN INCLUDES THE iassed iphone OWNERS) to enjoy it's innovations.

17. rajagopalan.k

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

well everyone sees this as a payback time for APPLE but the real hero from the story is GOOGLE which decided not to sue the i-asses and showing the i-assed "narrow minded and closed sourced" people that google is a MATURED company compared to i-assed company that say "ALL SQUARES WITH ROUNDED CORNERS".belong to them. google only wishes people (WHICH EVEN INCLUDES THE iassed iphone OWNERS) to enjoy it's innovations.

15. smallworld

Posts: 531; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

As much as I dislike Samsung, I hope they win !!

14. YouGotTrolledSon

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Apple = copy cat

66. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Apple = Xerox™®©

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