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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 BZDTemp on 5/23/2013 11:18:02 AM , Rating: 0
For sure.

Apple managed making the moved from an almost cult company to being craved by most people while still looking some exclusive and amazing company. Unfortunately for Apple they have not been able to keep everyone believing that way and now even those that just follow the trends are starting to catch up. For some time now Apple has alienated a lot of their die hard fans and have gone from being über cool to being everywhere and is now is uncool to many.

For some time I think Apple can maintain a good market share because many people have invested in their platform and aren't savvy enough to move their media collection away from the Apple chains. However this will only last them for a while so unless Apple changes their way even the iSheep will move to green pastures.

As I see it Apple face the following problems.

1. They have alienated much of the tech world.
2. They are falling behind tech wise.
3. Much of the Apple cult is moving on (due to 1 & 2).
4. Due to 2 and 3 and the stupid lawsuits and recently the tax scandal even iSheep is starting to look for alternatives.

Microsoft must be thanking Apple in their evening prayers. Apple has become so Evil that the crap they have been doing, and to some extent is doing, looks almost of no consequence.


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