The iPhone 5 was announced last week and it seemed to be more of Apple catching up than really anything. We reported that Samsung wasn't going to just let Apple's latest and greatest slip through the cracks and was planning on going after them if the iPhone 5 had LTE, which it did. Of course that whole situation was short lived as Judge E. James Gildea ruled that all four patents "are not valid or hold any precedence".
While this seemed like the end of that, not so fast. Samsung is coming back with a fight, this time with eight cases of patent infringement. As far as the patents are concerned, these are the same ones from a lawsuit earlier this year, however, Samsung claims the iPhone 5 also infringes them which is why this new one.
Out of the eight patents, two were found to be standard-essential patents. Why Samsung waited to bring this out of the woodwork is quite simple: The iPhone 5 officially launches tomorrow and they want to disrupt any sales if they can. But, unless they were to get an injunction which is very unlikely at this stage, they'll just have to wait.
Here's the eight patents that Samsung is claiming that Apple is infringing:
- U.S. Patent No. 7,756,087: A "method and apparatus for performing non-scheduled transmission in a mobile communication system for supporting an enhanced uplink data channel".
- U.S. Patent No. 7,551,596: A "method and apparatus for signaling control information of uplink packet data service in mobile communication system".
- U.S. Patent No. 7,672,470: An "audio/video device having a volume control function for an external audio reproduction unit by using volume control buttons of a remote controller and volume control method therefor".
- U.S. Patent No. 7,577,757: A "multimedia synchronization method and device".
- U.S. Patent No. 7,232,058: A "data displaying apparatus and method".
- U.S. Patent No. 6,292,179: A "software keyboard system using trace of stylus on a touch screen and method for recognizing key code using the same".
- U.S. Patent No. 6,226,449: An "apparatus for recording and reproducing digital image and speech".
- U.S. Patent No. 5,579,239: A "remote video transmission system".
The whole patent battle between the two tech giants has no end in site. The second Apple vs Samsung trial isn't scheduled to go to trial until March 2014 which means a lot of back and forth until then. And likely far beyond that. Apparently, Apple wasn't satisfied with Samsung only paying $1.05 Billion so they're now seeking $3 Billion.
Do you think Samsung will have a chance in court or do you think Apple will rack up yet another win?