It seems like the tussle between Apple and Google is finally taking it’s toll. Apple has claimed that Google Now voice controlled search infringes on two patents related to Siri.
Apple’s current feud with Google claims that Android is a copy of iOS has played out between Apple and Samsung. We all are aware of the court case last year where a California judge stated that Samsung has to pay more than $1 billion in damages. Earlier this month, Apple asked courts to include the Galaxy S4 in the list of infringing devices with the intention of hampering sales of the new handset.
Today’s motion filed by Apple points to five patents the S4 infringes on as well as two Siri- related patents which the company declares Google Now infringes upon.. Here’s a citation from Apple’s latest filing:
To further complicate matters, Apple’s infringement analysis of the ’604 and ’959 patents focuses on Google functionality that Samsung incorporates into its devices. For example, in its original contentions, Apple identified Google’s “Quick Search Box” found on the accused Samsung phones as satisfying the limitations of the ’604 and the ’959 patents. Since Apple initially served those infringement contentions, however, Google released the Google Now search application, which,in some instances, replaces the Quick Search Box, but incorporates the relevant ’604 and ’959 patented functionality. Google did not begin production of the source code for this application until at least the beginning of April.
A new trial between Apple and Samsung is due for spring 2014, and Apple has agreed upon removing one of the 22 devices it asserts infringes on the company’s intellectual property. Maybe Apple lawyers feel as if it is their obligation to question every claim they deem applicable.