Apple taking Samsung to court has become a long drawn-out affair, spread across multiple countries and a host of individual lawsuits. In the most recent cases against its Korean foe, Apple accuses the company of infringing on 5 specific patents with the latest flagship, the Galaxy S4.
Thankfully, Samsung’s seen sense and hasn’t released a phone or user interface that looks similar to an iDevice. The patents infringed upon are the following:
- “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system” (8,086,604 and 6,847,959)
- “graphical user interface using historical lists with field classes” (5,666,502)
- ”asynchronous data synchronization amongst devices” (5,946,648)
- ”system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data” (7,761,414)
The fifth of those is one also it also accused HTC of infringing, a case which ended in the two companies agreeing a multi-million dollar settlement and agreeing a 10-year licensing deal. Along with the Galaxy S4, Apple also alleges that Google Now is also infringing on one of its unified search box patent.
We’ll undoubtedly hear at some point how this develops, but I wouldn’t expect any real definitive judgement for a few years at least.