September 3, 2012
Apple Adds New Complaints Against Samsung In Separate, Utility Patent Suit
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Now Apple is claiming Samsung has violated 8 total patents across a spread of 17 devices, which now include some flagship devices. When the complaint was originally launched in February, Apple had taken issue with the Google-Branded, Samsung-built Galaxy Nexus.
Apple filed this lawsuit earlier this year in Judge Koh´s US District Court for the Northern District of California. Now, Apple has included four new patents in this suit, including patents involving autocorrect, unlocking a touchscreen and other utility patents.
With the addition of the Galaxy S III, (including the Verizon-specific phone) the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy 10.1, Apple has now filed a complaint against a total of 21 Samsung devices in this case.
The Galaxy S III, which was released internationally as early as June, wasn´t yet available when Apple first filed their complaint. Now, Apple has found this new, best-selling device to be in violation of their patents, claiming they´ve suffered “irreparable” harm from this infringement. Since the larger trade dress suit began last year, Apple has said Samsung has “continued to flood the market with copycat products,” despite the legal action being taken against them.
Since these cases have been brewing in court, Apple has accused the Galaxy maker of continuing “to release new infringing products, including its current flagship device, the Galaxy S III.”
In addition to the ´721, “Slide-to-unlock” patent, (which they´ve taken other phone manufactures to court over before) and the ℠172 “Auto-completion” (or autocorrect) patent, Apple is also leveraging the ℠647 “Data Detection” patent and the ℠604 “Universal Search” patent against Samsung.
The ℠721 patent, of course, was leveraged against HTC in December to obtain an ITC sales ban of the devices in the US, nearly halting any sale of the HTC One X in the states.
The ℠647 patent covers a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.”
Essentially, this patent covers the opening of the phone dialer or web browser whenever a number or URL is sent via email or text message.
The ℠604 patent, or Universal Search patent has been referred to as the “Siri Patent,” which covers the way the phone can offer spoken results after performing a search on the device.
In the June ruling which granted Apple a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the court ruling said of the “Siri Patent,” “Apple has shown that the '604 Patented feature is core to Siri's functionality and is thus a but-for driver of demand for Siri. Accordingly, the Court finds that Apple has adequately established the requisite causal nexus between Samsung's alleged infringement of the '604 Patent and Apple´s risk of suffering irreparable harm."
Other devices listed in this specific complaint, which is separate from the case which Apple just famously won a $1 billion payout, include all manner of Galaxy and Galaxy S phones, the Galaxy Nexus, the Stratosphere, the Transform Ultra, and the Galaxy 4.0 and 5.0 media players, Samsung´s response to the iPod Touch.