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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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By Shark Tek on 5/22/2013 9:54:09 PM , Rating: -1
You must be retarded.

Just need a small set of screwdrivers and you can replace almost everything on that phone. Is very easy guides are everywhere.




By ipay on 5/22/2013 10:07:58 PM , Rating: 3
And in doing so you void the warranty; a warranty from a company with a bad history of honoring warranties already.


By ihateu3 on 5/23/2013 2:56:59 AM , Rating: 2
And why should a consumer need a screw driver plus instructions???? Android phones usually offer a tool less removal to easily access their battery, so how is needing a guide and also a tool to remove your case any good??

We know exactly why they did this, they did not want the consumer to easily replace components, there is absolutely no other reason!

In all my Android usings thus far, I have never had to think about using a screw driver to replace my battery, is this some new technology I am not aware of??? Make it harder for the consumer???


By BRB29 on 5/23/2013 8:22:41 AM , Rating: 2
They both have their pros and cons.

There's Android phones out there designed with no SD slot and replaceable batteries.

We're beating a dead horse complaining about this for 2 reasons.
1. Apple had always limit user options.
2. There is only 1 IOS maker. Android have a ton and that's why you have more options.

Your choice is to buy or not to buy. I personally stopped buying Apple since the Ipad2. The Ipad2 was simply the best tablet at the time even considering no SD slot.


By testerguy on 5/23/2013 9:50:03 AM , Rating: 1
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And why should a consumer need a screw driver plus instructions???


Well that's the point, iPhone consumers do NOT need a screw driver. Their battery lasts longer than almost all Android phones (bar Razr Maxx) and the battery life remains strong for long enough such that the majority of iPhone owners never need to replace the battery.


By frobizzle on 5/23/2013 2:50:16 PM , Rating: 2
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Well that's the point, iPhone consumers do NOT need a screw driver.

No, the point is iPhone consumers wouldn't know what to do with a screwdriver, unless they could look up on Wikipedia, "Lefty loose-y, righty tighty." Of course, at that point they would need to have the knowledge of which was left and which was right and that would stump about 80% of them!


By cyberguyz on 5/28/2013 7:24:31 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, and when I am in the middle of nowhere, I can pop out my battery and pop in a fresh one without needing to wait for it to recharge.

Here is what I often do. I have a stand-alone charger and 2 batteries. The whole setup cost me a whopping $40.

While I am using the phone I always have a battery sitting in the charger. When my phone battery runs down, I pop the discharged one out and pop in the fresh one. The discharged battery goes on the charger while I carry my fully charged phone around. The whole process of swapping my battery takes me less than 30 seconds.

I never have to plug in my phone and let it sit for hours to charge.

How do you do that if you can't easily swap your battery?

D'oh! You can't!


By testerguy on 5/28/2013 9:50:59 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Yeah, and when I am in the middle of nowhere, I can pop out my battery and pop in a fresh one without needing to wait for it to recharge.


Which you can do with a battery case or with portable chargers, as I said. Without turning your phone off, and without having to buy a new 'battery' every time you get a new phone.

quote:
Here is what I often do. I have a stand-alone charger and 2 batteries. The whole setup cost me a whopping $40.


Per phone. Portable charger - $20 for any of your devices.

quote:
I never have to plug in my phone and let it sit for hours to charge.


Because leaving a phone charging while you sleep is too complicated? All you're doing is replacing the phone with a battery, you have to plug the battery into the charger and leave it for hours. When you're asleep it makes no difference which it is.


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