Apple targets Samsung in its battle against patent infringement, this time effectively banning nine phones from the Korean technology giant. After winning $120 million in a trial against Samsung, Apple now has targeted long forgotten models to claim patent infringement damages.
Apple won over $120 million after it sued Samsung for $2 billion on patent infringement charges. The second trial, now involves irrelevant models from Samsung. They filed a new ban request in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, San Jose, with Judge Lucy Koh on Friday. Judge Lucy Koh from the U.S. Court in San Jose had previously rejected two lawsuits. Apple sought to ban the sales of over nine models such as, the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy Note, Samsung Admire,Samsung Stratosphere, Galaxy S2 Epic Touch 4G and the Galaxy S3.While Samsung’s flagship models like the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S4 were not a part of this suit, the Skyrocket and Epic touch models AT&T and Sprint.
Auto-correct, a feature that corrects spellings automatically, slide-to-unlock and click-to-call are the features that Apple is claiming damages over in this case. While most smart phones today incorporate these features by including apps that do the same, it is believed that Apple held patents on the features. Apple directly blames Samsung for infringing upon these features and wants to ban these nine phones. The jury, however felt otherwise. In the highly publicized second lawsuit, jurors claim that if Apple had to sue anyone it would have to be Android and not Samsung. They believed that Android, which is essentially Google’s property needed to be sued in this case. With recent reports of Apple and Google ending the patent war between themselves, the chances of Apple suing Google are highly likely, making it a short-lived treaty. Google, the jurors felt, was responsible for infringement, as Samsung is the biggest rival Apple has in the tablet and smart phone industry.
Koh has rejected previous bans by Apple, and the chances that Apple will succeed in the third attempt are slim. The fact that the phones are now no longer relevant in the present context of the industry itself, is a major let down. It has been nearly three years for the Galaxy S2 and two since the S3. Most of these phones are no longer eligible for an update beyond Android KitKat 4.4. The Galaxy came out in 2010 and it is time to give it up for an upgrade. These smart phones are now available for upgrades with contracts, and the sales figures hardly cause any damage to Samsung’s sales. Reports suggest that Apple and Samsung will be clashing later this year, as they are about to release the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5. Apple may have a reason to be concerned, as latest reports suggest that Google has displaced Apple in the smart phone industry. Apple views the ban on nine Samsung phones as a victory, but will Apple sue Google is the real unanswered question.
By Rathan Paul Harshavardan