There must be something about the infringement battle between Apple and Samsung that makes it look interesting and fresh all the time. Apparently, both the fans and the courts alike can’t seem to get enough from the two giant arch rivals. The latest so far in the Apple-Samsung epic involves the claim made by Apple that Samsung is violating its original Siri patents which was expressed by the former as an amendment in its latest filed court case. To be more specific, these were identified as patent 8,086,604 and patent 6,846,959.
Apple claims that the patents were infringed by Samsung because of the Google Now technology used in its devices. The technology is said to copy Apple’s Siri which has been described as a ‘universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system.’
Aside from the patents mentioned above, Apple further claims that the Galaxy S4 from Samsung is infringing three more of its original patents. These patents were labeled as US Patent No. 5,666,502 (graphical user interface using historical lists with field classes), US Patent No. 5,946,647 (system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data), and US Patent No. 7,761,414 (asynchronous data synchronization amongst devices).
It may sound confusing but it’s clear that there are at least five patents that are involved in the case. All of these five are allegedly infringed by the Galaxy S4 while two of them are likewise infringed by Google Now.
Originally, Apple has asserted in its claim that the Android Quick Search Box has infringed patents ‘604 and ‘509. After Google launched Google Now, Apple wanted to update its infringement claims accordingly. The document discussing the case has been entitled ’13-05-21 Apple Motion to Amend Infringement Contentions.’ Interestingly, there was no mention of the Galaxy S4 Google Edition in the said document. However, Apple will definitely include the Google Edition in its contention once the device hits the store shelves.
We should take note that there was one filing against the Android Search Box of Google which was overturned when it was filed against the Galaxy Nexus of Samsung. Based on this turn of events, we can assume that the Galaxy S4 will also be declared as innocent in the end.