Apple: Samsung Galaxy S4 and Google Now App Infringed Our Patents


According to a report from Foss Patent , Apple has recently informed a US court that the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Google Now App have infringed at least five of their patents.

“Last week Apple informed the court that it intended to amend its infringement contentions in the second California patent litigation with Samsung to target the Galaxy S4,” Mueller writes for Fosspatent. “Apple has now filed the motion it announced, and it specifies five patents allegedly infringed by the S4 as well as two patents allegedly infringed by the Google Now search app.”

“[…] Apple determined that the Galaxy S4 product practices many of the same claims already asserted by Apple, and that the Galaxy S4 practices those claims in the same way as the already-accused Samsung devices.”According Meuller, the patents in question are:

  • Two “Siri” patents on unified search:U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604 and U.S. Patent No. 6,847,959 on a “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system”

    Apple asserted the ‘604 patent in a preliminary injunction motion. The Federal Circuit reversed a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus and, in addition to equitable reasons, overturned Judge Koh’s claim construction in a way that affects both “Siri” patents alike (for an excellent explanation of this claim construction issue, see Patently-O’s post). Apple claims that the ‘604 and ‘959 patents are infringed even under the appeals court’s construction.

  • U.S. Patent No. 5,666,502 on a “graphical user interface using historical lists with field classes”
  • U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 on a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data” (which I dubbed the “data tapping” patent, a term many reporters have since adopted)Apple prevailed over HTC on this patent at the ITC. Apple claims that Android infringes this patent at the operating system level (the “linkify” library), as you can see in this infringement claim chart from the HTC case. Apple was enforcing an ITC import ban against HTC but ceased enforcement after a settlement (the parties stipulated to rescision of the exclusion order).
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,761,414 on “asynchronous data synchronization amongst devices”

Source: Foss Patent

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