Update: It should come as no surprise, but Samsung has responded to Apple's attack on the Galaxy S III, saying it will "demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S III is innovative and distinctive."

Apple and Samsung's ongoing litigation in California federal court has become something of a three-ring circus. Back in December, the presiding judge denied Apple's request for a preliminary injunction against a wide variety of Samsung products. Apple has since filed for more such injunctions on newer products, and the newest is the Galaxy S III.


Apple claims the devices infringes the same "data tapping" patent it has accused HTC (again today) and Motorola of infringing - which it is now extending to the core Android long-press action dialogue menu for URLs (eg, links in Gmail, browser, etc). It has also accused the Galaxy S III of violating a "unified search" patent, which in some ways relates to Siri's ability to determine what actions to take and options to provide when a voice command or text search inquiry is received. A number of past Samsung phones have also allegedly infringed the patent (including the Galaxy Nexus), so no, this isn't really about S-Voice so much as Android's native voice command and search systems.

Apple is, of course, sure to stress the urgency of this particular injunction request, given the Galaxy S III's massive number of pre-orders across the globe. The judge in the case has thus far not ceded to Apple's pleas for preliminary injunctive relief.

We'll be following this one closely - though I'm of the opinion that a federal judge will show far more restraint than the ever-keen ITC in stopping huge amounts of commerce over what, frankly, amounts to a market share proxy war over trivial pieces of larger technologies.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://thekonietzkystrain.tumblr.com/ NeuroMan42

    Apple is a complete bag of dicks to Samsung yet are TOTALLY reliant on them for the displays and many other components.

    • ProductFRED

      Because they make an assload of money from Apple, but I do agree with you. Watching Apple scramble to find a new CPU manufacturer would be fun though.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

         I think just wait until Apple places a mass order for their (finally) iPhone 5, then just before delivery day, send them a nice card attached to a bag of sh*t telling them to go shove... well I'm sure you get the picture. Oh, and make it delivery by one of Google's driver-less cars :D

        • Rick Ramo

          Or, the note says the shipment is on hold due to possible conflicts over imagined patent infringements. The prepaid shipment will continue post EULA analysis for infringement conflict. Blah blah blah for another thousand words and a contribution to Debbie at DNC.

    • McLean Riley

       They sell more Samsung Screens than Samsung does.

      Also, samsungs screens are a completely different company than Samsung mobile.

      Apple is biting the hand that feeds it, but understands that that hand is completely separate from any other limb on the body.

      • storm14k

        Well unless Samsung doesn't use its screens on all of its own phones it sells more of its screens than Apple does. I think the question is whether them pulling their components out of Apple would hurt Apple's quality enough to hurt sales and whether Samsung could capitalize on that lull with their own phones. If I were Samsung I'd try it. Apple will cut them out of the loop once they find another supplier anyway. Don't wait until they have sorted it out. Beat them to the punch.

        • McLean Riley

           January to March Apple sold a little more than 35 million phones. Samsung sold 32 million in the same stretch. Some analysts believe that they sold more than 32 million, but most believe that is the correct number. All Apple phones have sammy screens right now, so they are selling more than Sammy themselves. Of course if you take out non smartphones as this is really more of a smartphone debate that number would be even lower. Although I do agree with your point I was just backing mine up a little.

          • storm14k

            There seems to be some back and forth on this because all the latest reports claim that Samsung has outsold Apple in total smartphones over or around that same time period.

    • G-MaN

      the money...

      • http://thekonietzkystrain.tumblr.com/ NeuroMan42

        I know they BOTH are at fault... but DAMN. It would simpler to walk away from the damn "Sue me, Sue you" bullshit. LOL!

    • Spam0702

      Its about money. You shouldnt actually think of Samsung as a victim, its a global player and they know what theyre doing.

      They just want apples money, nothing else matters 

  • Craig Rachel

    Apple mouthpiece Jonathan Geller was on CNBC yesterday with "What to expect" from iOS 6. The top 2 bullet points? *Cleaner Look & *Automatic App Updates. Hence, Apple has taken to patent trolling.

    • John O’Connor

      Automatic App updates? It's not like Android hasn't been doing that as long as I can remember

      • R Venslovas

        yesand and than samsung could sue apple for automatic market updates pattent :d 

      • chris125

        that's what Craig was saying, apple is copying so why they are taking to suing everyone since they aren't really innovating with IOS anymore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Waldrip/620162274 Daniel Waldrip

    I hope this is the straw the breaks the camels back and the judge is fed up with apple trying to stop every next big phone out there that's not theirs. I understand intellectual property but damn this is ridiculous. These patents (include slide to unlock) should be considered FRAND.

  • Roger Sellers

    The more Apple files law suits against other companies, it appears they only way they can sell a phone is by trying not to make other competitors models available. So if theirs is the only one available, then someone would buy it.

    Not me.
    The more they files lawsuits the more I'm inclined NOT to buy one of their products. No matter what it's quality is.

    • http://thekonietzkystrain.tumblr.com/ NeuroMan42

      I do not and will never own an Apple product. They can keep their "Walled Garden" and their "Big Brother" tactics. It is funny how more and more folks are going the Android, Windows, Blackberry direction. Apple keeps shoveling that the iPhone IS the only real smartphone... maybe it was once true but those days ended a long time ago.

      • http://droiddev.co.cc/ CuriousCursor

         Okay easy there buddy, nobody's "going" to Windows if they don't already use it. Linux and OS X are superior for people that know how to use them than Windows for people that know how to use it.

    • Justin

      The problem is dude, there are way way way more uninformed IDIOTS out there compared to informed people like yourself, who actually know what they are purchasing and why.

  • skinlessAndroid

    Apple is run by tyrants in magical clothing. People say that Microsoft is evil? Apple is from Hades itself, people were just fooled. Now that they have all the money in the world, their true color shows like a beacon.

  • Androidgnosis

    Apple has lost all of their innovation. Without Steve Jobs to market their rehashed products as something new they are completely lost. These lawsuits are the only thing they have left to stifle the competition. Ultimately they will fail at this tactic, as they have in the past...

  • Yyang08

    Google and Samsung are copycat, and should be stopped.

    • http://www.facebook.com/neopanther J Houston Brown

      Quiet troll.

    • fixxmyhead

      Get out of here u fag troll

      AP: Sorry for the language but it had to be said

    • GBGamer

      Really? Google and Samsung, copycats. Oh, what's this? 
      Apple copycatted this. And I am gonna love and tolerate the shit out of you, you fanboy.

    • Sadermaxx

      if google and samsung are copycats, it seems quite funny how the iphone is copying them, for example the drop down notification that was a new feature that apple added to the iphone s4 that was on every android device since i believe android started, and thats just one feature that the iphone copied out of many...

  • randyfromreno

    Get ready for a wait in getting your new S3!  I wish apple would grow up and come up with something new. If not they will continue to lose market share and gain folks who hate them and will never buy anything made by apple again.

  • Cnn888

    in my opinion, all of these only make samsung more popular, and boost their sales. actually it is a very good marketing strategy from apple to make people aware of the real situation. there are better stuffs than apple's. lol.....

  • chris125

    cant wait til google gets the pull down notification patent and then throw this BS back in apple's face

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=639737455 Chris Wright

    Just as long as it doesn't interfere with the SIII's US launch

  • Eddy315West

    So this is what they do with all their billions instead of example feeding all these homeless kids worldwide build some schools wtf bunch of android haters !!!! Going after HTC And Samsung Jesus Apple Get an iLife lol

  • Jaysann22

    this better not delay the launch of the SIII, otherwise i will start a campaign to completely smear Apple!! I will do everything in my ability to make sure everyone knows how petty Apple and their products really are!!

  • Jaysann22

    this better not delay the launch of the SIII, otherwise i will start a campaign to completely smear Apple!! I will do everything in my ability to make sure everyone knows how petty Apple and their products really are!!

  • Bala

    i think apple should better concentrate on ios6 for their fan boys else they too will be switching to droids!! , probably apple would have peed on their pants once they got their hands on sgs3 :D:D

  • Simon Belmont

    So, they're going after Voice Search/Actions now? Oh, come on.

    Voice controls/commands have been around since the WinMo/PalmOS days. This is prior art, so this should be invalidated.

  • Jaysann22

    GO GET 'EM SAM!!

  • Oscar

    so let me get this straight..Samsung make parts for apple,then Samsung and Android have a voice search system.. then apple comes out with a better one... then Samsung comes out with S voice but now apple sues?? lol

  • http://www.geekchoice.com Dagmar Schneitz

    I don't know if Apple actually had a heart to drop the lawsuit or was this a pure business decision. For my money, it's probably the latter. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y4SHFJM4TFNFZ5KBT5SSU6TNZI Justin


  • yarrellray

    Nothing NEW HERE folks...Same old same old from cuppertino guess they forgot along the way to innovate instead of litigate. Htc BLEW past them in 2010 with the EVO 4G and now here in 2012 it's a sad shame that all apple has time for is courtroom games. Piss on apple and all it's users...

  • Ashkeptchum

    This is ridiculous, is this apple going thermo-nuclear on Android operating system. there are plenty of patents that apple may infringe but nobody cares because there's something to lose in doing. Such as Sony losing apple from buying it's camera lenses. Only apple has nothing to lose

  • Trixz_D

    lmao its almost as if Apple dont think us smartphone users should have a choice of phones and should all run to them to become Apple worms :P

  • GreaterAmerica

    Technology leakage from Japanese companies to Samsung has been limitless, ranging from SRAM, LCD, TV, through Digital Camera. Samsung's 'secret' way of stealing Japanese technology was to illegally bring numerous Japanese engineers to their research center during weekends, by offering a huge amount of money as a return. They also have stolen many core cellular phone technologies from Qualcomm by coporate spying. (To achieve that, they built their research center in San Diego, where Qualcomm is located.). Samsung already obtained the power to sway/manipulate Korea's public opinios. BE AWARE OF Samsung. Many Japanese companies has been collapsed due to Samsung, and the similiar thing might happen to American/European companies. They have never been able to develop core technologies for themselves. They always enjoyed stealing technologies from other companies.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dyrver.eriksson Dyrver Eriksson

    This sandbox behavior is exactly the reason I never will buy into Apple or Microsoft products. Never owned anything from Apple, never will. Congrats! It's also rather funny they mention Unified Search, Google's been a specialist on search for a while now and stopping Android from utilizing that feature sure would be ironic. LOL! Also... slide to unlock, how I will miss that feature! And we all know how well iPhone auto-correction is working for them. How about you collaborate with google instead? :) BTW, writing your own code based on an idea is not stealing, Apple, you've said so yourself about Xerox features + Graphical UI. So what now about data-tapping?