We had known Apple was looking to include the GALAXY S 4 in the patent suit with Samsung. As of today however, it looks like Apple has filed a motion with the courts to include both the GALAXY S 4 and Google Now. Specifically, Apple is claiming patent infringement for a total of seven patents — five of which deal with the GALAXY S 4 and two of which deal with Google Now.
The part of the filing that touches on how Apple believes the GALAXY S 4 falls in with the other named Samsung Galaxy devices. The filing notes;
“Apple determined that the Galaxy S4 product practices many of the same claims already asserted by Apple, and that the Galaxy S4 practices those claims in the same way as the already-accused Samsung devices.”
This comes by way of 13-05-21, which is the “Apple Motion to Amend Infringement Contentions.” Otherwise, while Apple has chosen to include the GALAXY S 4, they have yet to specially mention the recently unveiled “Google Edition” model that was announced during Google I/O. It is believed that Apple will also include this model once it becomes readily available in late June.
Shifting away from the GALAXY S 4 and into the topic of Google Now and Siri. Here Apple has cited two patents. These two patents deal with unified search and they have been attached to a mention of the Android Quick Search Box for devices running Android 4.0 and below. Basically, these two new claims amount to Apple updating their filings to make sure Google Now is included.
While the outcome remains to be seen, it is worth mentioning that one of those filings against the Android Quick Search Box was overcome in the past. That previous incident was dealing with the Galaxy Nexus and it occurred in October 2012.
Aside from this case, Apple and Samsung are expected back in court in November for another case. This other deals with an earlier patent case and will be to recalculate the damages. Those looking back will remember that as the case where Apple was awarded $1.05 billion to have that later reduced by $450 million.
SOURCE: FOSS Patents