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Unable to compete, the Cupertino company claims that Google and Samsung stole features from Siri

Given that the massive Galaxy S IV doesn't look too much like the much smaller 4-inch iPhone 5, Apple Inc. (AAPL) is having to turn to new and creative routes to try to convince federal judges and juries to ban its competitor’s flagship product.

I. Apple Targets Samsung Again

Samsung is doing quite well with the Galaxy S IV, moving 10 million units in a mere four weeks.  Overall Samsung is outselling Apple 2-to-1 in unit sales.  In addition, Samsung is approaching Apple in profitability for the first time; while Apple has seen its own profit margins slide for the first time in years.

Thus it is perhaps expected that Apple would be return to its favorite tactic -- looking to troll Samsung in court.

Galaxy S IV
The Samsung Galaxy S IV

Its latest accusation is that Google Inc.’s (GOOG) Android "Google Now" service violates five invention claims that Apple has patented, with respect to its Siri voice search/assistant that it co-designed with Nuance Communications Inc. (NUAN).

The patents asserted are:

13-05-21 Apple Motion to Amend Infringement Contentions

But wait, you say, what could patents filed at least four years before Siri was released (or ten or more years in most cases) have to do with Siri or Google Now?  And what in the world do graphical user interface patents (the latter two patents from the 90s) have to do with voice search?

II. Apple Looks to Use Ambiguous Decade-Old Patents Against Samsung

Apple contends that the trio of initial patents -- which cover interaction with ambiguous data constructs -- can be applied to Siri, Google Now, (or likely most other pieces of software).  And Apple says its equally ambiguous UI "inventions" are fair game, as Google Now is activated by an on-screen button at times, replacing the previous "Android Quick Search Box".

According to a filing obtained by Florian Mueller, an anti-Google blogger paid by Google's legal rivals, Apple writes, "The Galaxy S4 product practices many of the same claims already asserted by Apple… in the same way as the already-accused Samsung devices."

Unable to compete, Apple is helping the courts lend it a helping hand in its war against Samsung. [Image Source: Cult of Mac]
Judge Paul S. Grewal of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California will rule on Apple's request to tack on the patents at a June 25 hearing.  

As Samsung and Apple wind up to a second trial, in which Apple is targeting dozens of Samsung smartphones and tablets for bans, the Cupertino company is watching its first $1.05B USD court win over Samsung start to unravel with a pair of patent invalidations by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Apple also failed to secure any lasting bans on current Samsung products in that case.

Sources: AppleInsider, Scribd

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RE: There is no bias here...
By Obujuwami on 5/22/2013 4:14:55 PM , Rating: 2
Interestingly enough, since OSX 10.5 rolled out several years ago, most IT people don't care about Macs on their environment as you can join them to domains and give them access to resources on your windows/linux/unix servers. Why IT folks dislike Apple is probably more personal than anything else. Personally, I dislike the fact that they don't play well in the sandbox with the other kids (Google, MS, etc).

Device wise, IT dislikes iPads because they are CONSUMER devices that everyone wants to make enterprise. We also dislike Android tablets too, for the same reason. Personally, I love my Nexus 7 for home use, and I find a couple of uses for work, but really, it's not for work. I don't have 1/8 of the tools I need on my Nexus 7 vs the work provided Windows 8 laptop/tablet.

RE: There is no bias here...
By jimbojimbo on 5/23/2013 10:32:27 AM , Rating: 2
most IT people don't care about Macs on their environment as you can join them to domains and give them access to resources on your windows/linux/unix servers
Only sort of true. We allow it in ours because some people complain and cry if we don't. However policies that we can enforce with all the Windows machines are impossible with the Macs unless we buy an entirely different Apple server and pay for the software as well to control those laptops. Even then we don't get the policies that we need to control the corporate data. Apple's are still very poor for corporate needs.
By the way I loved how I got a Mac from someone here and didn't know the password but it only took me maybe two minutes without any additional software to change the default password and log right in. So very secure.

RE: There is no bias here...
By Kaldor on 5/23/2013 2:22:45 PM , Rating: 1
"Complain and cry" This is where the IT manager needs to step up and say "EF OFF". Your boss, or your boss' boss needs to grow a pair. The security risks with Mac products, as you pointed out, are FAR too high and the cost of investing in another server for a handful of "special snowflakes" is not worth the money.

We do allow users to user our guest wireless network for their phones and tablets for data, Apple and Android alike. However we do not allow Macs to have access to the network. Its hard lined in this company. There have been people that have asked, and it only made it past my desk once, and at that point it was addressed with the manager of our company. It was squashed from the start, as it should be. Cowing to the requests from a few only opens a Pandoras box that is really hard to close.

And this is not because I am an Apple hater. In fact I think they make some really nice stuff, for the home office or user. However the extra work and money needed to do this is just not worth it unless your IT budget is flush with cash. Apple maybe should spend a little time making their products able to be managed via MS group policy if they want to be serious in the workplace. Until they do that, they wont be taken seriously. The other side of the Apple problem is the cost. I can buy 2 fast Dell workstations for the cost of a single Apple with mediocre specs.

Apple, great for home, shite for the domain/business environment.

RE: There is no bias here...
By cyberguyz on 5/28/2013 6:47:46 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure what fairy tale world you are living in there, but an IT Manager is pretty low on the corporate ladder. He doesn't get an awful lot to say about it when his CIO says "Support MACs. I don't care how you do it, make it happen. Today. And make sure they are secure!". Just what do you think would happen to that IT manager if he were 'grow a pair" to turn around and say "EFF OFF!"? I suspect there would be a new IT manager installing MACs half an hour after the old one was escorted out the front door, balls and all, by Big Biff the security guard.

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