Giant phone manufacturers Apple had taken one of their rivals Samsung to court alleging that there are a number of handsets that have infringed on its auto-complete patent. Apple managed to win the case when a judge ruled that Samsung had indeed infringed on the word recommendation technology that had been patented by Apple. Experts state that this ruling might also have an effect on other Android devices that may be offering the service. This judgment was made at a time when both companies are planning to claim that others have copied some of their features.
Lucy Koh who was the judge presiding over another dispute case in 2012 ruled that Samsung was not allowed to claim that Apple had also infringed on one of the synchronization technology that Samsung uses on the basis that the company was not the first to register this idea. This implies that Apple will be setting to allege a total of 5 cases when the case resumes on the 31st of March all of them dealing with patent infringement. Since one has already been secured, Samsung is left to claim the remaining four cases.
The case was first filed way back in January 2007 a few days before the first iPhone was unveiled by Steve Jobs. It was noted that typing was becoming quite challenging because of the size of the phone and suggestions were made to introduce an auto complete function that would be used through a graphical user interface as part of the solution. Later Samsung claimed that the patent in question only affected tablets and handsets that featured the physical keyboards. This argument was rejected by Koh noting that the invention by Apple has specifically stated that the feature could only be accessed by a touchscreen virtual keyboard.
This did not go well with Samsung’s team saying that they were very disappointed with the decision made by the court and would wait for the jury trial. Apple however has not yet commented on tis issue. It however contends that there are a number of Samsung products that have infringed on its technology. Some of these include the Galaxy Note Phablet and Galaxy Nexus handset. This ruling works on its favor as it means that it can now go ahead to stop the sale of these products. This can also affect the negotiating stance that had been taken by both Apple and Samsung during the meditation talks. Chief executives from both companies are yet to meet on 19th February to talk about “settlement opportunities”.