Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Apple files motion to add Google Now, Galaxy S4 to Samsung lawsuit

Last week Apple told the U.S. District Court in California that it planned to add Samsung's newest flagship phone, Galaxy S4, to the patent lawsuit that is already underway against the Korean giant. Never one to break a promise, Apple on Wednesday filed a motion that details five different patents that the S4 allegedly infringes on.

In addition, Apple's filing claimed that two of those five patents -- Siri-related patents '604 and '959, which cover a "universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system" are infringed upon by the Google Now search app.

These two are among the five that the Galaxy S4 allegedly infringes upon.  The other three patents are:
  • '414, which covers "asynchronous data synchronization amongst devices."
  • '502, which covers a "graphical user interface using historical lists with field classes."
  • '647, which covers a "system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data" (often dubbed the "data tapping" patent.
Apple filing states that these are all claims that the other 22 Samsung devices listed in Apple's lawsuit already violate.

There will be a hearing to discuss Apple's newly filed motion on June 25 in San Jose. The lawsuit, which covers newer devices that were not a part of Apple's original lawsuit -- won handily by Apple in August of last year -- is expected to go to trial in March of 2014.

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