In an ongoing litigation-riddled relationship between two consumer tech giants, Apple and Samsung, the war of lawsuits intensified when Apple submitted a “temporary” pause of sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. The Nexus line is Google’s own flagship code for the device, which is to be shipped and marketed in the U.S.
The lawsuit has been filed against Samsung, Apple’s biggest rivals in smart phone devices, on Monday, in a San Jose, Calif. court. It is to be the first time Apple has fired a shot directly at Google, as reported by Forbes. Samsung has depended heavily on Google and its code technologies for mobile devices.
As reported by MarketWatch, Apple, in the suit, indicated that Samsung violates 4 patents, including: slide-to-unlock feature, searching across multiple sources to find information (Siri uses this on the iPhone 4S), identifying phone numbers in an email, and spell check suggestions feature.
Reported by FOSS Patents, “This preliminary injunction motion was filed simultaneously with a new federal lawsuit. It is possible, and even reasonably probable, that these four patents were selected out of a larger group of patents asserted in the main proceeding. The main complaint itself has not yet entered the public record."
In the book “Steve Jobs,” by Walter Isaacson, Jobs said, “..he saw Google’s mobile operating system as a blatant copy of the iPhone’s.” And he vowed to “destroy Android” with all of the resources Apple had available. In the book, Google was to have responded by indicating that the “patent system is ‘broken’ and should be fixed to encourage innovation.”
However, Samsung asserted to MarketWatch that “the company will assert our intellectual property rights and defend against Apple’s claims to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business”.
In the most recent report, currently Apple’s iPhone line of devices enjoy a 44.9 percent market share lead in the U.S. Android powered smart phones are at a combined 44.8 percent, according to the latest analysis by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.