Foss Patents is reporting that US Judge Lucy Koh has handed down a summary judgement late on Tuesday 24, declaring that Samsung‘s Android-based devices have infringed an Apple patent on word recommendations (autocomplete) and a Samsung patent on multimedia synchronization invalid.
This judgement is in relation to the second Apple v. Samsung multi-patent trial in the Northern District of California scheduled to begin on March 31, 2014.
Judge Koh denied a couple of other summary judgment requests by Apple and the entirety of Samsung’s related motion, leaving those issues to a federal jury, the report said.
“Prior to this ruling, Apple and Samsung were asserting five patents each in this two-way patent spat that started in 2012, roughly a year after the worldwide dispute between the two market leaders broke out in the same district,” Florian Mueller writes for Foss Patents. “After the summary judgment decision, Apple still has five patents in play, one of which has just been found infringed (leaving to the jury only Samsung’s invalidity defense), while Samsung is down to four patents.”
According to the report, Samsung has been found guilty of infringing claim 18 Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8,074,172 on a “method, system, and graphical user interface for providing word recommendations”:
Mueller highlighted that this autocomplete feature is very important on devices that don’t have physical keyboards and if Samsung infringes this autocomplete patent then other Android device makers also have a problem.