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”:
[su_quote]A graphical user interface on a portable electronic device with a keyboard and a touch screen display, comprising: a first area of the touch screen display that displays a current character string being input by a user with the keyboard; and a second area of the touch screen display separate from the first area that displays the current character string or a portion thereof and a suggested replacement character string for the current character string; wherein; the current character string in the first area is replaced with the suggested replacement character string if the user activates a key on the keyboard associated with a delimiter; the current character string in the first area is replaced with the suggested replacement character string if the user performs a gesture on the suggested replacement character string in the second area; and the current character string in the first area is kept if the user performs a gesture in the second area on the current character string or the portion thereof displayed in the second area.[/su_quote]
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.