Apple recently added five new patents to its claims in in its ongoing litigation against Samsung. The patents target both the company’s new flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone as well as the Google Now service for the Android platform. Two of the patents specifically relate to Apple’s personal assistant, Siri, while the other three focus on the graphical user interface, data synchronization, and method for performing a certain action.
According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, the following patents are in question:
- U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604: "Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system" (Siri-related)
- U.S. Patent No. 6,846,959: "Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system" (also Siri-related with the same title)
- U.S. Patent No. 5,666,502: "Graphical user interface using historical lists with field classes"
- U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647: "System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data"
- U.S. Patent No. 7,761,414: "Asynchronous data synchronization amongst devices"
Apple filed the motion to amend its infringement complaint in a California court recently. It simply seeks to add Samsung’s recently released Galaxy S4 to the existing complaint, which as of right now already targets a number of other Samsung products. According to the filing:
The Galaxy S4 product practices many of the same claims already asserted by Apple… in the same way as the already-accused Samsung devices.
The Cupertino California company first signaled the court it was intending to add the Galaxy S4 to its existing patent infringement suit previously. The recent formal filing revealed exactly which patents Apple was accusing Samsung of violating. A hearing to discuss Apple’s motion has been scheduled for June 25 in a San Jose court in front of Judge Paul S. Grewal.
Source: FOSS Patents