Samsung has reportedly filed a new lawsuit in Korea against Apple regarding its iOS Notification Center. According to Korean news site iNews24, Samsung only just filed the suit, so there’s not much information about what exactly encompasses the spat.
“The Korean online news site iNews24 is reported today that “Samsung Electronics has brought a lawsuit against Apple in a court in South Korea over its ‘Notification Center’ patent infringement.” No other details were made available at this time.
The delay in launching the lawsuit may have been due to Google’s patent pending notification patents not being officially granted. However, that changed last month when one of their notification patents was indeed granted under the title “Priority inbox notifications and synchronization for mobile-messaging application.” This may have been enough for Samsung to get the lawsuit rolling.”
Of course, patent lawsuits have become commonplace between the two tech giants in recent years. Typically, however, Samsung has used its standards-essential, hardware-related IP to go after Apple. But this time it’s software-related…
It’ll be interesting to watch this develop, because I think we’ve all heard the argument that Apple’s iOS 5 NC menu implementation “was inspired” by Android. And if Samsung has the documents to prove that, it could be very powerful.
Apple has acquired a reputation for being overly-aggressive in taking its competitors to court over patents (as demonstrated by this awesome video called “Apple Kills Star Trek”).
Since the court case will be in Korea, Samsung will have the home court advantage on the other hand Apple has some good lawyers though, so we’ll see how this pans out.