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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 theapparition on 5/23/2013 10:08:19 AM , Rating: 5
Honestly, do you think Motorola and Samsung would be doing that if not for Apple's crusade against them.

Now also be honest. Do you think most of Apple's patents should have even been granted in the first place?

Either way, you can't deny these actions are hurting consumers. Let the market decide.

RE: Typical Apple strategy
By xti on 5/23/13, Rating: 0
RE: Typical Apple strategy
By testerguy on 5/24/2013 2:45:28 AM , Rating: 1
do you think Motorola and Samsung would be doing that if not for Apple's crusade against them.

Actually, Motorola sued Apple before Apple sued Motorola.

I'm not sure who started between Samsung and Apple - but they were both definitely suing each other long before any 'crusade' became popular knowledge.

You're ignoring Samsung doing something worse than Apple just because you have a preference.

RE: Typical Apple strategy
By retrospooty on 5/24/2013 12:12:40 PM , Rating: 2
"Actually, Motorola sued Apple before Apple sued Motorola."

"Actually", it all happened in the same month, Oct. 2010 and even though Motorola filed a few weeks ahead of Apple it was a preemptive strike, as Apple had already informed Motorola they were going to be sued several months earlier. I am "actually" sure you already knew that though and you are just purposely spreading your BS as usual.

RE: Typical Apple strategy
By testerguy on 5/28/2013 9:47:16 AM , Rating: 2
"Actually", it all happened in the same month, Oct. 2010

This is irrelevant to and does not change anything about my factual statement. Motorola sued first.

even though Motorola filed a few weeks ahead of Apple it was a preemptive strike,

Officer, I thought he would punch me so I punched him first. Therefore I am not guilty of punching someone.

You're so blinded by your Apple hate it's ridiculous.

RE: Typical Apple strategy
By retrospooty on 5/29/2013 3:08:46 AM , Rating: 2
None of it changes the fact that this is Apples BS patent fight and they announced they would sue first. On another hand there is that whole thermonuclear BS comment and the seedy and totally hippocritical moves behind it (its only OK when Apple copies). BTW I don't hate Apple. I hate loser asses on the internet that feel the need to defend every step any company takes and every product they make.

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