Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 5 as Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban scrapped

Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 5 as Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban scrapped

Summary: The Korean firm has folded Apple's flagship smartphone into an existing lawsuit covering iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Meanwhile, a judge has lifted a temporary ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, as a jury found it was not infringing on Apple's patents.

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Samsung has launched legal action against Apple's iPhone 5 in the US, and has also succeeded in getting a temporary ban against its Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet lifted.

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Samsung has Apple's iPhone 5 in its sights. Image: CNET

The moves mark the latest chapter in the long-running global battle between the two companies, which saw Apple win more than $1bn in compensation from the Korean manufacturer in August.

In that verdict, the jury found Samsung was infringing on Apple's intellectual property in its Android smartphones but not its tablets. Judge Lucy Koh had previously granted Apple a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and late on Monday — with Samsung pointing out (PDF) that more than a month had passed since the verdict — she agreed to scrap that ban.

However, that was a relatively small event compared to Samsung taking on the iPhone 5, Apple's flagship iOS device as of September.

In a filing made on Monday, Samsung's lawyers added the iPhone 5 to a previous filing they had submitted in June. They said the alleged infringements were the same in the iPhone 5 as in previous iterations of the smartphone, and they had clearly been unable to include it in the original suit as it had not yet been launched at the time.

According to Samsung, Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch all infringe on two mobile broadband standards patents and/or six feature patents held by the Korean company.

The company has also claimed that the iPhone 5's 4G/LTE functionality infringes on its patents, but has not yet sued over those patents.

The US patents involved in this suit are:

  • No. 7,756,087: Method and apparatus for performing non-scheduled transmission in a mobile communication system for supporting an enhanced uplink data channel
  • No. 7,551,596: Method and apparatus for signaling control information of uplink packet data service in mobile communication system
  • No. 7,672,470: Audio/video device having a volume control function for an external audio reproduction unit by using volume control buttons of a remote controller and volume control method therefor
  • No. 7,577,757: Multimedia synchronisation method and device
  • No. 7,232,058: Data displaying apparatus and method
  • No. 6,292,179: Software keyboard system using trace of stylus on a touch screen and method for recognising key code using the same
  • No. 6,226,449: Apparatus for recording and reproducing digital image and speech
  • No. 5,579,239: Remote video transmission system

Topics: Apple, Android, Legal, Patents, Samsung, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • Go Samsung!!!

    Here's some figures (you can look them up if you want - I did a few hours of research last night). Samsung owns 25% of the Global Android Cell phone market. Android owns 68.1% of the Global Cell Phone Market, which means Samsung owns just over 17% of the Global Cell Phone market (and that's only with it's Android phones). Apple owns 16.9% of the Global Cell Phone market ... can anyone guies why Apple is picking on Samsung?

    Ludo
    Ludovit
    • Samsung

      That is interesting, and I agree with you I have a Galaxy Note love it and hate apple. One reason why Apple is so gun ho on suing is because Steve Jobs, Hates Google and they wanted too squish them. Since Samsung is the biggest one out there with Android they shot at them to squish them so they can have all the market.
      yogib37
  • Company Wars

    Some Sci Fi paint a future where it is companies that go to war rather than nations. Considering that these firms are bigger than some nations, this may be the start. Soon they may be throwing hand grenades rather than lawsuits;-)
    kurio999
    • Re: Company Wars

      Like how Taco Bell won the "Franchise Wars" in Demolition Man.
      Andyman09
  • This is what is comes down to.

    These patent wars are getting absurd, but that is the way some companies want to play so I can't blame any return fire given.
    Emacho
  • 30+ years later

    I ran into the Apple arrogance in the days of 8 bit computing.
    I used a motorola processor computer using microware's OS9.
    Then along came apple with their OS9 claiming it was theirs.
    Apple users invaded the microware OS usergroups demanding we change the group name because we weren't supporting the apple.

    Remember their apple clone advertising with the lemon on the side of the box, saying if you bought a clone, too bad, you're on your own? Smart selling would have taken in any clone that needed service & upsold a new apple, but it was much more important for Apple to tell the buying public that they were stupid and apple was the ultimate.

    That impressed me so much back then, that I still wouldn't have an apple product in the house. why would I need to take a "sphincter" pill or an "arrogance" pill, just to start up my computers?

    I''m still waiting for Cupertino to bring a lawsuit against the produce department of every local supermarket, because that round red (or green) fruit is infringing on their trademark.
    inkwell
    • you need to learn to think, rather

      Than just spouting Microsoft nonsense.
      "Remember their apple clone advertising with the lemon on the side of the box, saying if you bought a clone, too bad, you're on your own? Smart selling would have taken in any clone that needed service & upsold a new apple, but it was much more important for Apple to tell the buying public that they were stupid and apple was the ultimate."

      Maybe Microsoft should do warranty repairs on all Windows PCs, for three years. If you believe Apple should pay to fix a competitor's product, why not your Redmonian Gods? I didn't see Microsoft stepping up and offering money to replace all the defective products Microsoft sold over the lase 30 years, or does that not count?
      Troll Hunter J
      • Huh?

        Why would a software company repair hardware?
        And...
        Inkwell said Apple should have "sold" new products, not "repaired" them.
        SlimSam
        • He hates MS to an obsession, so he doesn't have to make sense

          he just trolls, and trolls, and trolls.

          Sad that his whole life is reduced to that.
          William Farrel
      • Here comes the Apple worker bee ready to defend the hive!!

        Odd that he never mentioned MS, yet you did.

        You're obsessed with them, so much that it forces you to make up stuff, and each time more and more assinine.

        Maybe you should go seek some professional help, as you're slipping downhill right before our eyes.
        William Farrel
      • LOL

        Spot the paranoid! noboduy mentioned MS but you mysteriously add 1 + 1 and get MS? Wow

        Anyway...... I like most products but hate Apples arrogance.. I have iToys, and I have Samsung toys. Each on their own merits but I side with Samsung on their right to to coexist. I do so hope they at least get respect and a degree of recourse through the US biased court system. A country that outsources all it can then moans when others try to join in. Go Samsung; go Android!
        johnmckay
        • Let me get this straight

          You have issues with Apple litigation against Samsung when they believe that their IP is being violated and the only way they could have won is because the court is biased? Yet you are cheering on Samsung for doing the exact same thing, litigating against Apple because they feel their IP is being violated?

          I see a bias here and it's not the courts, it's you. Why is it alright for Samsung but not Apple? They each have the right, actually the obligation, to protect their IP when they believe it is being violated. Just because they believe it's being violated doesn't mean it is but they are obligated to protect it. To claim that Apple is only going to court to eliminate all competition is a pathetic whiny talking point. Apple is not afraid of competition but they feel, rightly so, that the competition must stand on their own merits.

          If Samsung is right in their allegations then more power to them and I am sure you would agree with that statement. If Apple is right then more power to them as well, regardless of your bias against them.
          non-biased
    • the beatles

      if yu look back quite a ways you'll find that Jobs and friends had a stoush over the use of the Apple name with the Beatles
      Mike.Moller
  • Wars

    It is sad to see Apple replacing innovation with litigation. They can't beat Samsung, they came up with a total flop in my opinion with bad maps, no NFC, no removable battery, no widgets, no file attachments within email, no SD Card, no access to the file system, problems with Wi-Fi all over, and a zillion other problems and years behind Android... instead of seeing that as a CHALLENGE to fix things and come up with something that would defeat the competition, they SUE. Sad. Very sad what is happening within Apple. Christ, do I have to pay Thomas Edison 2 cents every time I flick a light switch now too ?
    pkerbage
    • Which is why

      Samsung is suing Apple. And why Samsung refused to accept a licensing deal with Apple that would have been less than half of the fees incurred by them at the US court hearing. Yeah.
      athynz
      • appeals aren't over on the $1bn trial - if that's repealed, and this is won

        appeals aren't over on the $1bn trial - if that's repealed, and this is won , then it could be 1 billion USA to samsung from Apple.
        stevey_d
        • Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 5 as Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban scrapped

          we have another ceo hell-bent on meeting wall street expectation through litigation at the expense of his company's future. deja vu sco all over again. hope apple survives! but for how long? they miserably failed the first time, and was given a second chance. don't know if they will be given another... besides the visionary is gone! maybe they can start selling sugared water on the side for extra earnings to appease the street.
          kc63092
        • Big ifs

          If you want to play the "if" game, how about the appeal is thrown out of court and damages are tripled due to the "willful" portion of the verdict and this case is also laughed out of court. We can play the "if" game all day but it doesn't mean anything at all.
          non-biased
    • Clueless bias

      Maybe if you opened your eyes a bit you would realize that your narrow biased view on everything does not match everyone elses. So Apple devices don't fit your needs/wants, good for you, now move on because your opinion doesn't change facts no matter how much you believe/hope it does.
      non-biased
  • Samsun can't prove anything, this is why these patents are overly broad.

    I still think Samsung is trying to "double dip" No. 6,292,179: Software keyboard system using trace of stylus on a touch screen and method for recognising key code using the same? Apple doesn't use a stylus, So this is absurd."No. 7,232,058: Data displaying apparatus and method"? Has been done by Apple, and several others, longer than Samsung has been making computing devices. Another Absurd claim.The list goes on. Samsung sells Apple the components based on these capabilities, then sues because Apple uses the components they paid for? Samsung should have to pay triple damages for frivolous lawsuits.
    Troll Hunter J