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This case has more to do with Android software than Samsung's hardware

Apple and Samsung are at it again in yet another round of their ongoing patent dispute, but it looks like Google will play a bigger role in this particular case. 
 
According to The New York Times, Apple and Samsung's latest trial over smartphone and tablet patents -- which begins today in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California -- will include more of a say from Google, since software is largely the complaint at hand.
 
Apple is accusing Samsung of violating five of its software patents, and is seeking $2 billion USD in damages. Samsung says that it licensed four of those software features in Google's Android operating system, and that the technology had been in the works even before Apple filed its patents. 
 
On the flipside, Samsung is going after Apple for violating two of the South Korean electronics maker's patents. Samsung is only looking for $7 million USD in damages. 


[SOURCE: GSMArena]

The patents in question apply to more recent smartphone models, including Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S3. Apple claims that Samsung violated patents such as those covering the detection of data in messages, which convert them into a link that can be clicked; background syncing of data; universal search used in Siri; the auto-complete feature, and the "slide to unlock" feature.
 
Samsung said these were all features of Android except the "slide to unlock."
 
Software is Google's game, since Samsung only provides the hardware. Samsung's popular Galaxy line and many other phone offerings run Google's Android operating system. 
 
Apple hasn't directly sued Google over these patents, but Google engineers are expected to take the stand to defend Samsung against Apple's claims. One potential witness is Andy Rubin, the former head of Android. 
 
Apple and Samsung had their first trial in 2012, when Apple said Samsung made products that copied the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad. Apple won that case, and Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $930 million USD in damages. Samsung is appealing that verdict.

Source: The New York Times



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LOL Just give up Apple
By retrospooty on 3/31/2014 5:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
Not that we think or care that you invented "slide to unlock (you didn't), but people just don't care who invented what 7 years ago. They are going to go buy the best product available for them at best price point today. You would be far better served concentrating on improving your products than hypocritically worrying about who copied you years ago.

Put some of your vast reserves of cash into R&D and see if you can resolve that age old resolution scaling problem you haven't been able to work out, or perhaps tackle the "multi user" mystery that has been eluding you. /s




RE: LOL Just give up Apple
By ritualm on 3/31/2014 5:46:39 PM , Rating: 2
When all else fails, litigate.


RE: LOL Just give up Apple
By marvdmartian on 4/1/2014 7:14:58 AM , Rating: 3
Funny, the difference in the "worth" of their patents. Samsung, 7 million dollars. Apple, 2 billion dollars.

Must be the addition of the magic fairy dust that makes all the difference, eh?


RE: LOL Just give up Apple
By hpglow on 3/31/2014 6:00:12 PM , Rating: 4
I think its time for the government to step in and either invalidate both of their patent portfolios or force them into a no funds cross licensing deal. Or make them both donate $1B to cancer research for every year they both continue to drag this on in courts. Apple may be the more agressive abuser here but they both refuse to value their patetents reasonably.


RE: LOL Just give up Apple
By shikigamild on 3/31/2014 7:43:39 PM , Rating: 2
Sadly the federal government is on Apple's side... because they are MURRICANS!!


RE: LOL Just give up Apple
By Reclaimer77 on 3/31/2014 7:58:01 PM , Rating: 4
Why should Samsung have it's patent portfolio invalidated because Apple constantly trolls them in court??


By Penti on 4/22/2014 9:01:21 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't it time to actually invalidate those two at least? Unified search for that matter too. Prior art is available, there where even products out before Apple applied for any patents.




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