Bad news people. Apple are going after Google and the Android software core direct. Apple have filed for in the US to get a preliminary injunction put into place that would ban the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
The “Patent Wars” continue to rage on and I suspect more so now that Google’s Acquisition of Motorola Mobility is near completion. With that aside Apple still rage on in the stakes of it’s fight with Samsung mainly taking the forefront of this seemingly endless war. Normally going after things like the form factors, size, design and build of manufacturer specific issues, hence Samsung being the obvious focus of course.
Well the time is coming it seems now that Apple are now also focusing on Google directly and it concerns Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, namely the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Below are the patents in question for you too see, some you may have seen before over the past 12 months crop up in the press where Apple have won such patents, or you may have even seen Apple win with an injunction over HTC concerning US Patent No. 5,946,647 as well stopping sale and import of many devices to the US.
Here are the patents at stake:
- US Patent No. 5,946,647 – this patent was filed in 1996 (issued 1999) and covers detecting data, such as a phone number, in an email or web page, creating a link to that data, and initiating an action like calling the phone number when the user selects the link. The data could also include addresses, dates, etc.
- US Patent No. 8,086,604 – this patent claims priority back to 2000 (issued Dec. 2011) and covers searching multiple sources of information (on device and elsewhere) through a single search interface, such as Siri. Apple specifically touts Siri in its injunction request, but also argues that a unified text search is covered by the patent as well.
- US Patent No. 8,046,721 – this patent claims priority back to 2005 (issued Oct. 2011) and covers Apple’s signature slide-to-unlock feature. While Apple already has patent coverage on an image unlock feature, this newest patent is obviously intended to be a bit broader — likely addressing potential workarounds implemented by Google and OEMs over the last couple of years.
- US Patent No. 8,074,172 – this patent was filed in 2007 (issued Dec. 2011) and covers providing word suggestions while the user types on a touchscreen keyboard, where the suggestions can be accepted or rejected by the user.
This could also mean following lawsuits if Apple are successful towards the other manufacturers who have Android 4.0 running on their devices in the market. This could spell a bad time for Google and Android if Apple come through on these patents, Ice Cream Sandwich is an important step for Android and it’s not even started flying yet. Whether that happens remains to be seen and this more than any other hardware patent litigation suit is more important and crucial than before. Targeting the core Android software system and winning could change an awful lot. We will keep you posted Android fans on all the latest as it happens regarding Apple vs Google.
Via: The Verge