Saturday, February 11, 2012

Apple Suing Samsung Over Autocorrect Patent & Apple Sues Motorola Over Qualcomm Patent Issue!!!!


Samsung:

It was just yesterday that we got news of Apple’s lawsuit against Motorola, but already they are back, this time suing Samsung over an autocorrect patent. Apple’s autocorrect has become somewhat famous, as the automatic replacements it creates can sometimes create humorous situations. From the lawsuit:

One aspect of the invention involves a method that includes: in a first area of the touch screen, displaying a current character string being input by a user with the keyboard; in a second area of the touch screen, displaying the current character string or a portion thereof and a suggested replacement for the current character string [...]

Samsung is notorious for their mimicry of Apple’s products, from the Galaxy Tab II to its 30-pin connector, so it is no surprise that Apple is sensitive when it comes to Samsung copying their products. However, it may be that if Apple continues like this they could alienate their tech allies. In any case, it will be very interesting to see how this plays out in the long run. As always, subscribe to our newsletter below to be notified of any big news ASAP.




Motorola:

It no secret that Apple has been taking every opportunity to take a stab at Android phones, and now they are going after Google’s recently purchased subsidiary, Motorola. Apple has recently filed a lawsuit against Motorola over use of the Qualcomm technology.

Recently, Motorola filed to sue Apple in Germany, and in this lawsuit Apple argues that they have the same right to use the disputed technology as Motorola, so they request that a US court prevent Motorola from suing Apple in Germany. The whole situation is very confusing, but is well represented by this paragraph from the suit:

“This is a lawsuit asserting claims for breach of contract, declaratory, and injunctive relief related to Motorola’s European Patent No 1 010 336 (“the ’336 patent”) and the equivalent U.S. Patent No. 6,359,898 (“the ’898 patent”). Motorola has sued Apple in Germany, claiming infringement of the ’336 patent based on Apple’s use of Qualcomm components in Apple’s iPhone 4S product. Motorola’s German lawsuit is in direct breach of a Patent Licensing Agreement between Motorola and Qualcomm. As a Qualcomm customer, Apple is a third-party beneficiary of that contract.”

It will be very interesting to see how this plays into future interactions between Apple and Motorola, and this lawsuit could mean some major changes for Apple if it fails.

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