According to a report by the Reuters, Apple has sued Samsung in a California court for alleged patent infringement through Galaxy Nexus, the world’s first phone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If the case is decided in Apple’s favor, Samsung could well be stopped from selling the phone in US market.
As it is Apple and Samsung are suing each other, either way, in about 10 different countries over supposed patent violations. At the base is the contention that how much the Samsung’s Galaxy line resembles Apple’s signature products like iPhone and iPad.
US is the key market for both these biggies and if Apple is able to win this lawsuit then that could affect other manufacturers of Android 4.0 phones as well. Apple has cited four patents in its motion.
One of these is the voice search assistant Siri of iPhone 4S which Apple says, has been lifted to be used for Galaxy Nexus. Also a data tapping patent and another- slide to unlock- as well as a word-completion feature that’s used to speed up touchscreen typing- have been copied, alleges Apple. HTC had also faced a ban by the US International Trade Commission after Apple had complained about its data tapping feature being copied by HTC.
Also Steve Jobs saw Google’s mobile operating system as a blatant copy of the iPhone’s. Noteworthy is the fact that Apple is suing Samsung and not Google.