It's been at least ten minutes since we last covered an Apple lawsuit, so we're long overdue for the next litigation-laced headline pertaining to our favorite tech giant.
This week, Apple filed yet another lawsuit against its longtime rival Samsung. What's Apple's newest beef you ask? The newest qualm pertains to both autocorrection and the ability to unlock a device from its touchscreen.
Once again invoking the familiar term "preliminary injunction," Apple's new lawsuit wants the Samsung products that allegedly infringe upon Apple patents to be pulled from consumer availability. As of this writing, however, few other details pertaining to the suit - like exactly which Samsung products are offending Apple - have become available.
The patents controlled by Apple that are supposedly infringed upon today by Samsung include:
- U.S. Patent No. 8,074,172 - "Method, System, and Graphical User Interface for Providing Word Recommendations"
- 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. 8,046,721 - "Unlocking a Device by Performing Gestures on an Unlock Image"
- U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604 - "Universal Interface for Retrieval of Information in a Computer System"
To date, it is estimated that Apples legal feuds with Samsung have already cost the iPhone maker $100 million in legal expenses.