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  • Apple Tries To Ban Samsung Galaxy Nexus In The U.S.


    We all familiar with the Apple lawsuits against samsung, last time Apple banned the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Germany. Today, Accroding to Reuters Apple has asked a federal court in California to block Samsung from selling the new Galaxy Nexus all over the U.S. These patents will cause problems to current Galaxy Nexus users who bought the ICS device.
    Not just the Galaxy Nexus, Apple has its attentions on a number of software patents which affect the Galaxy Nexus due to its use of stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. As such, these lawsuits would be just as applicable to any device which used an untouched version of ICS no matter what hardware Manufactured this device.

    Apple US Patents Against Galaxy Nexus

    US Patent No. 5946647 - System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.
    Apple previously won the ruling over this patent, resulting in the ban of importation or sale on a number of HTC Android devices, including the T-Mobile G2, the AT&T Aria, the Sprint Evo 4G and the Verizon Droid Incredible. It affects the device's ability to detect a phone number, date or address and allow the detected content to initiate an action resulting in a new application such as the phone dialer or maps to launch.

    US Patent No. 8086604 - Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system.
    This refers to searching multiple sources of information on a device from a single means of entry. Apple make reference to Siri specifically, but they argue that the inclusion of text-based entry via the means of Spotlight would be just as viable for grounds of infringement.

    US Patent No. 8046721 - Unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image.
    Every iOS device has that recognizable 'slide to unlock' bar along the bottom of the screen. Despite already having patent coverage on the image unlock feature, this newer, broader patent aims to include the more unique ways in which other OEMs have developed for unlocking their Android devices.

    US Patent No. 8074172 - Method, system, and graphical user interface for providing word recommendations.
    The fourth and final patent in Apple arsenal is also the most recent. It covers the nature of semi-predictive text entry; that is to say, when the user starts to enter text into the device and is given the option to accept or reject suggested words manually.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Tries To Ban Samsung Galaxy Nexus In The U.S. started by knewsom32 View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. SD550's Avatar
      SD550 -
      So basically, except for the first one, what it's coming down to is you can patent something that someone else has already done and then sue them for continuing to use their invention because they wanted to keep everything open source?

      Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong...
    1. FybrOptx's Avatar
      FybrOptx -
      That sounds about right...
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