Recently on Appletell, we covered Samsung countersuing Apple for patent violations in South Korea, Japan and Germany, and wondered why they didn’t file a lawsuit in America as well. On April 27th they did just that in San Jose, California, claiming Apple is infringing 10 patents, specifically those that “relate to fundamental innovations that increase mobile device reliability, efficiency, and quality, and improve user interface in mobile handsets and other products.” Samsung is seeking to prevent Apple from using its technology as well as cash compensation.
Thanks to FOSS Patents, we have a list of the 10 U.S. patents. Seven of them related to communications standards, and three have to do with user-interface. They observe that the communications standard patents describe technology that wasn’t used by Samsung to create any unique standard or technology, but just how to use existing networks with higher efficiency. Although Samsung says that it never granted licenses to those patents, Apple would disagree saying that because Samsung is a member in certain standard-setting organizations that it has an obligation to.
What’s probably going to happen next is that Apple will countersue Samsung in South Korea, Japan, Germany, and maybe other countries as it, too, has smartphone patents around the world. However, Apple has not yet made their next move or released a statement.
Appletell will keep you informed on any major developments in this ongoing dispute.