Apple and Samsung Raise the Stakes in Latest Patent Battle
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) will continue their long-running patent-infringement battle when the two rivals return to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose on Monday, reports CNET. Like the previous two trials in California, this trial will be presided over by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh.
The latest trial will focus on several newer Samsung devices that Apple claims are infringing on five of its software patents, reports CNET. The patents cited by Apple cover a universal search feature used by Siri, a “slide-to-unlock” feature, an “autocomplete” feature, a “quick links” data detection method, and a background synching technology. As noted by CNET, all of the patented technologies cited by Apple are found in Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system except for the “slide-to-unlock” feature. In this sense, the results of this trial may have future ramifications for Google, as well as Samsung. According to Apple, several of Samsung’s newer devices are infringing on its patents, including the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2.
On the other hand, Samsung has accused Apple of infringing on its patents with the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and several other iOS devices, reports CNET. Samsung’s accusations are based on two patents that it holds that cover technologies related to remote video transmission and the recording and reproducing of digital images and speech.
The two smartphone rivals have been engaged in various legal battles in courtrooms around the world ever since Apple filed its first patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung in 2011. Apple secured a significant victory in August of 2012 when a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages. However, Judge Koh later reduced this amount and ordered a new trial after discovering that the jury based part of its award amount on an impermissible legal theory.