Apple Wins Copyright Infringement Against Samsung

| August 28, 2012 | 0 Comments


“A warning shot has been fired, and Apple’s competitors will be extremely wary of creating any device that even vaguely resembles an Apple product”, reports the New York Times’ Nick Wingfield

Friday, August 24th, the billion-dollar, mobile-phone patent lawsuit ruled almost solely in Apple’s favor. According to the Huffington Post, the court ruling supports the fact that Samsung did “willfully” infringe a number of Apple’s patents in creating a number of devices and has been ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages. Samsung countersued for $422 million however, Apple won’t be paying anything to Samsung. Samsung has stated that they intend to take action to overturn the decision and are willing to take the case to the Court of Appeals. From iPad/iPhone features such as the “pinch and zoom,” tap and zoom and the grid-like appearance of the iDevice icons…Wired spelled out the specific features that Samsung and Apple were sueing each other for…court documents below.

What Samsung devices does Apple think rips off the iPhone and iPad?
Apple is unhappy about the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets. And it also doesn’t much care for these Samsung phones: Captivate, Continuum, Droid Charge, Epic 4g, Exhibit 4g, Fascinate, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S (i9000), Galaxy S II, Galaxy s 4g, Gem, Gravity, Indulge, Infuse 4g, Intercept, Mesmerize, Nexus S 4g, Replenish, Transform and Vibrant.

Which Apple devices does Samsung argue infringes its patents?
The iPod touch, iPad 2, the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.

What patents does Apple say Samsung pilfered?
(Note: Not all Samsung devices named in the suit are alleged to breach every patent listed below.)

  • The 381 patent (.pdf) covers touchscreen interactions, including dragging documents, multi-touch, pinch-to-zoom, twist-to-rotate and that nifty little scroll bounce when you’ve reached the end of a list of items.
  • The 915 patent (.pdf) covers technology for how to use an API to let users scroll through documents on touch-sensitive devices.
  • The 163 patent (.pdf) covers touchscreen tap-to-zoom and navigation features.
  • The 677 patent (.pdf) covers the general outline and “ornamental design” of an “electronic device” that appears to be an older-model iPhone.
  • The 087 patent (.pdf) covers general outline, or “ornamental design” of an “electronic device” that appears to be an older-model iPhone.
  • The 889 patent (.pdf) covers the general “ornamental design” of an iPad.
  • The 305 patent (.pdf) covers the “graphical user interface for a display screen.”

What patents does Samsung say Apple infringed?
(Note: Not all Apple devices named in the suit are alleged to breach every patent listed below.)

  • The 941 patent (.pdf) covers mobile phone 3G capabilities.
  • The516 patent (.pdf) also covers mobile phone 3G capabilities.
  • The 711 patent (.pdf) covers MP3 playback technology on a mobile device.
  • The 460 patent (.pdf) covers a “communication terminal” that functions as both a portable phone and a camera, and which can send, receive and display images.
  • The 893 patent (.pdf) covers a method for remembering a user’s place in a gallery of images.


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