Samsung's latest attack on Apple - Smiley!
The legal battle between Samsung and Apple still prevails as now a new claim by Samsung that Apple is infringing on its intellectual property rights with the way Apple processes smiley faces on its iPhones.
This claim concerns one of the four new patents that Samsung asserted before a German court last week as reported on the Florian Mueller’s Foss Patents blog. Samsung has sued Apple over three more patent claims that were asserted in April, while Apple has six patent claims lodged against Samsung in Germany which also includes slide to unlock mechanism on the iPhones.
The trend of one attacking the other has started since April this year when the first Apple claimed Samsung to have copied the iPad model on its Galaxy 10.1 tablets.
This new claim from Samsung concerns its patents for a method and apparatus for reporting inter-frequency measurement using the RACH message in a communication system. Other issues it concerns are a method for configuring gain factors for uplink service in radio telecommunication system, a speech output device for data display into speech data for output via loudspeaker and an emotion input method for mobile terminal.
Mueller points out that some these claims against Apple are made by Samsung in other jurisdictions including the U.S.
He also believes that Apple may respond to these escalations by introducing a few more additional patent infringement lawsuits against Samsung. He adds that Apple is also suing Motorola and HTC in both regional courts in parallel.
However, Samsung appears to have withdrawn an earlier request for ruling on Apple products like the iPhone 4S which uses the QUALCOMM baseband chips. With new patents from both sides every month both the giants do not seem to be planning any pause with the battle.