Seems like Apple wants to warp Samsung into another galaxy, something catalyzed by the head-to-head competition that the popular Galaxy has been giving Apple’s iPhone. The turf just got heated with Apple raising the stake in an intensifying global patent battle with Samsung Electronics by targeting the latest model using Google’s fast growing Android software. And not just that, but it could affect other phonemakers across the Android world.
Courts & Ice Cream Sandwiches
Apple has asked a federal court in California to block Samsung from selling its new Galaxy Nexus smartphones, which use Google’s newest version of Android, called Ice Cream Sandwich, alleging four patent violations including new features such as a voice-command search function. Now, even though Nexus’ launch was delayed by Samsung in October, out of respect to Steve Jobs, it doesn’t seem like the handshake struck any emotional cords. Well, business is business, isn’t it? It is the first phone running on the newest Android version before the platform is widely adopted by hardware giants such as HTC and Motorola Mobility, who are also locked in separate patent disputes with Apple.
According to patent expert Florian Meuller, “Google cannot deny its undivided responsibility for any infringement findings. A preliminary injunction would not prohibit the sale of a Galaxy nexus just because it’s called Galaxy Nexus or looks like one: it’s all about which patents it infringes on.” And hence, the traditional legal tennis match continues from one side to the other.
Samsung Alleged to Be Infringing on Key Features
In a lawsuit filed last week in San Jose, the Galaxy Nexus was alleged to be infringing on key Apple product featuers such as the slide-to-unlock phone, and to search for information by voice, something that the Cupertino giant has been cashing on in the form of Siri, the personal voice assistant. However, Samsung has its side of the story too, “We continue to assert our intellectual property rights and defend against Apple’s claims to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business,”
Given the more than 20 Apple-Samsung legal fights in at least 10 countries for sales turf, it looks like the mobile version of Tom & Jerry is set to continue for quite some time.