In the endless war between Apple and Samsung, things are getting pretty complicated. Now, in its ongoing lawsuit against Samsung, Apple has recently added five new patents to its claims, aiming at the company’s new handset, Samsung Galaxy S4, as well as the Google Now service for Android.
Last week, Apple announced the U.S. District Court in California that the company is planning to add Galaxy S4 to its patent lawsuit. Apparently, the new Samsung handset violates five patents used by Apple within its voice recognition assistant, better known as Siri.
In order to be more precise, the application filling also includes two Siri-related patents violated by Google Now, Apple’s rival, and three other ones related to Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Patent 604 and 950 display a “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system” and they aim at the Google Now service.
The other three patents in the application offer an insight view related to the “graphical user interface using historical lists with field classes”, “a system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data” and “asynchronous data synchronization amongst devices”. These three claims refer directly to Samsung and its new Smartphone.
According to Apple, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 product infringes multiple other claims, and the company is using some patents already asserted by Apple. Moreover, both of these companies were summoned to narrow their lawsuit claims. In the same time, Apple signaled the court, and it required permission to withdraw one of the other 22 infringement devices from the lawsuit, only if it is permitted to add the latest Samsung product.
As far as the Google Now case is concerned, the two patent infringement describing Google’s service, they were integrated within the ongoing lawsuit because Google Now has replaced the Android Quick Search Box in some instances. Apple previously targeted the search box in its complaints.
In this case, Apple and Samsung agreed to make a local copy of around 1.9 TB of source code available for Apple. In the same time, Apple asked Samsung to correlate their source code with the “accused products”. After multiple attempts and delays in downloading the source code, Apple finally managed “to match its analysis of the source code produced by Samsung to those products as well”.
For now, a hearing to discuss Apple’s motion is scheduled for June 25 in a San Jose court with Paul S. Grewal as judge. The incoming hearing will discuss the newly released devices, which were not part of the original complain, and it is expected to go to trial in March of 2014. Until then, Apple has plenty of time to prepare its arguments and proofs in what concerns the Samsung lawsuit.