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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: Typical Apple strategy
By Tony Swash on 5/23/2013 7:52:07 AM , Rating: -1
The problem is that when Apple makes a jump from one connector to another it either has no apparent reason to do so or does an extremely poor job in explaining to users why they've made the change.

Since Apple started making devices with the iPod in 2001 it has used two proprietary cable connectors. The first, the 30 pinn connector, was introduced in 2003 and was used for nine years, which is a very long time in the life cycles of technology especially in that of mobile devices. It's replacement was announced in 2012 and is faster and far more user friendly that it's predecessor. It is better than USB because it can carry a larger charging current than thin USB connectors and can be inserted either way round. How many times a day do you try to plug a USB connector in the wrong way round? Like the thirty pin connector the new Lightening connector will have been designed for a long product cycle and for the sorts of devices Apple are planning for several years ahead.

By the way I think that it is telling that it is mostly people who do not use Apple products and who dislike Apple that keep harping on about this topic, shedding crocodile tears for Apple customers that they regularly mock and disparage in a show of cheap and tawdry hypocrisy. Apple customers just keep buying their products.

Apple has long been a proponent of the computer being an appliance.

That's right and for a long time this did not gel with a computing device market that was dominated by corporate PC purchases of generic PCs assembled by loose alliances of supply chain clusters. This model was created to offer cheap bulk purchases to corporate buyers but it had the added side effect of allowing anyone to open up their PCs and tinker with them. This ability to tinker was great for a minority of user but the inherent instability and complexity of a production model that made the end user often function as the system integrator and incompatibility trouble shooter was all too often hellish for most consumers. Most consumer went along with this model because they wanted compatibility with their work IT and because it delivered cheap hardware. But they didn't like it.

One of the reasons that Apple has flourished and grown in the post PC computer device markets is because it's commitment to making finished, complete, integrated and stable products wrapped in pleasing designs and with a premium product feel about them is far more suited to the mass electronic markets and it is only very recently that a mass market has developed for small but very powerful computing devices bought and sold like consumer electronic durables. This the kind of mass market that is perfectly suited to Apple strengths, hence it's success, and completely incompatible with the strengths of the old PC makers, hence their failures.

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