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Apple versus Samsung The patent battlefield as of 05Jul11

The next 10 pages show howthis conflict has escalated. Move by move. Thereafter, reference material.
version 11.07.05.100 2011 by Florian Mueller http://fosspatents.blogspot.com Twitter: @FOSSpatents

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Move #1 15 Apr 11 Apple files lawsuit against Samsung in Northern California

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Move #1: Apple files a suit against Samsung with the US District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging the infringement of various IPRs (7 utility patents, 3 design patents, trade dresses, 3 registered trade dresses, 6 trademarked icons) by Samsung's Android-based smartphones and tablet.
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Move #2 22 Apr 11 Samsung files lawsuits against Apple in Korea, Japan and Germany

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Move #2: Only a week after Apple's first lawsuit, Samsung files patent infringement suits against Apple with a court in Seoul, South Korea; Toyko, Japan; and Mannheim, Germany.

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Move #3 28 Apr 11 Samsung files another lawsuit against Apple, nowin California, over 10 patents

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Move #3: Less than a week after its countersuits against Apple in South Korea, Japan and Germany, Samsung also files a suit in the US (in the Northern District of California).

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Move #4 16 Jun 11 Apple amends its California complaint, asserts more patents against more products

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Move #4. part 1/2: Apple amends its complaint, dropping two utility patents and one design patent...

Move #4. part 2/2: ...but introducing three new utility patents and five new design patents (plus four trade dress applications not shown here).

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Move #5: Apple files a countersuit against Samsung with the Central District Court in Seoul, S. Korea. The asserted patents (and their number) are not known.

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Move #6 28 Jun 11 Samsung files an ITC complaint and a companion lawsuit in Delaware

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Move #6: Samsung files an ITC complaint and a federal lawsuit in Delaware over the same set of five patents.

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Move #7, part 1/2: Samsung files a lawsuit with the High Court of England and Wales over an unknown number of UK patents.

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Move #8 30 Jun 11 Samsung converts California countersuit into counterclaims against Apple's suit, increases number of patents bytwo

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Move #8, part 1/2: Samsung converts its original California lawsuit into counterclaims against Apple's original suit. Two of the ten patents are dropped, but...

Move #8, part 2/2: ...four new ones are introduced. That's a net gain of two.

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with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against four Samsung products: Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple asserts three design patents and one utility patent. The asserted rights are highlighted (red color).

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Reference material as per 05 Jul 11 page R-1

United States District Court for the Northern District of California Case no. 4:11-cv-01846 -- complaint filed on 15 April 2011
Apple Inc. (of Cupertino, CA 95014) vs. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (of Seoul, South Korea), Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (of Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660), and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (of Richardson, Texas 75081) FOSS Patents reported on the original complaint. Allegedly infringing products original complaint "the Samsung Captivate, Continuum, Vibrant, Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Indulge, Mesmerize, Showcase, Fascinate, Nexus S, Gem, Transform, Intercept, and Acclaim smart phones and the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet." (item 54 of Apple's complaint) first amended complaint "the Acclaim, Captivate, Continuum, Droid Charge, Exhibit 4G, Epic 4G, Fascinate, Gem, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S (i9000), Galaxy S 4G, Gravity, Indulge, Infuse 4G, Intercept, Mesmerize, Nexus S, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, Showcase i500, Showcase Galaxy S, Sidekick, Transform, and Vibrant phones, and the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computers and similar products. [...] theGalaxy S II (aka Galaxy S 2) phone" (item 92 of Apple's first amended complaint) Apple's design-related intellectual property rights are asserted specifically against the Galaxy products. Asserted intellectual property rights (in order of appearance in the complaint) asserted by Apple a) utility (i.e., hardware and software) patents 7,812,828 ("828") Ellipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces 7,669,134 ("134") Method and apparatus for displaying information during an instant messaging session (asserted in original complaint but dropped by first amended complaint of 16 June 2011) 6,493,002 ("002") Method and apparatus for displaying and accessing control and status information in a computer system 7,469,381 ("381") List scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display 7,844,915 ("915") Application programming interfaces for scrolling operations 7,853,891 ("891") Method and apparatus for displaying a window for a user interface 7,863,533 ("533") Cantilevered push button having multiple contacts and fulcrums (asserted in original complaint but dropped by first amended complaint of 16 June 2011) 7,663,607 ("607") Multipoint touchscreen (added by first amended complaint of 16 June 2011) 7,864,163 ("163") Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying structured electronic documents (added by first amended complaint of 16 June 2011) 7,920,129 ("129") Double-sided touch-sensitive panel with shield and drive combined layer (added by first amended complaint of 16 June 2011) [assertions continued on next page]

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Reference material as per 05 Jul 11 page R-2

United States District Court for the Northern District of California Case no. 4:11-cv-01846 -- complaint filed on 15 April 2011 -- continued from previous page
Asserted intellectual property rights (in order of appearance in the complaint) -- continued from previous page b) design patents D627,790 ("D790") D602,016 ("D016") D618,677 ("D677") D617,334 ("D334") D604,305 ("D305") D593,087 ("D087") D622,270 ("D270") D504,889 ("D889") Graphical user interface for a display screen or portion thereof Electronic device (asserted in original complaint but dropped by first amended complaint of 16 June 2011) Electronic device Graphical user interface for a display screen or portion thereof (added by 1st amended complaint of 06/16/11) Graphical user interface for a display screen or portion thereof (added by 1st amended complaint of 06/16/11) Electronic device (added by 1st amended complaint of 06/16/11) Electronic device (added by 1st amended complaint of 06/16/11) Electronic device (added by 1st amended complaint of 06/16/11)

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c) trade dress rights Apple claims to hold "trade dress protection in the design and appearance of the iPhone, the iPod touch, and the iPad, together with their distinctive user interfaces and product packaging." Apple asserts three registered U.S. trade dresses related to the iPhone: 3,470,983 ("TD983") "for the overall design of the product, including the rectangular shape, the rounded corners, the silver edges, the black face, and the display of sixteen colorful icons" 3,457,218 ("TD218") "for the configuration of a rectangular handheld mobile digital electronic device with rounded corners" 3,475,327 ("TD327") "for a rectangular handheld mobile digital electronic device with a gray rectangular portion in the center, a black band above and below the gray rectangle and on the curved corners, and a silver outer border and side" In its first amended complaint of 06/16/11, Apple also asserted four trade dress applications: U.S. Application Serial No. 77/921,838 "the configuration of a digital electronic device with a screen on the front of the device, and a circle at the bottom center of the front [the iPad]" U.S. Application Serial No. 77/921,829 "the configuration of a digital electronic device, with a gray screen, a black border around the screen, a black concave circle at the bottom of the border, and silver sides [also the iPad]" U.S. Application Serial No. 77/921,869 "overall design of the product, including a black screen and silver casing, with thirteen colorful square icons arranged in four rows on the face of the screen, and a concave black circle with the outline of a gray square in the center below the bottom row of icons [again, the iPad]" U.S. Application Serial No. 85/299,118 "the configuration of a rectangular handheld mobile digital electronic device with evenly rounded corners [the iPhone 4]" d) registered U.S. trademarks on icons Trademark 3,886,196 on a dial icon Trademark 3,889,642 on a chat icon Trademark 3,886,200 on a sunflower icon (for a collection of photos) Trademark 3,889,685 on a settings icon Trademark 3,886,169 on a notepad icon Trademark 3,886,197 on a contact list icon

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Seoul (South Korea) Central District Court Case no. unknown -- complaint filed on 22 April 2011
Samsung vs. Apple (particular legal entities are unknown) Allegedly infringing products According to news agency reports (such as this Bloomberg story), Samsung's complaint relates to the iPhone and the iPad. Asserted intellectual property rights (in order of appearance in the complaint) According to news agency reports, Samsung asserts five Korean patents against Apple. The patents asserted by Samsung on that day against Apple in three courts in three different courts "mainly [relate to] power reduction during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and wireless data communication technology" according to a Reuters report.

Tokyo court (details unknown) Case no. unknown -- complaint filed on 22 April 2011
Samsung vs. Apple (particular legal entities are unknown) Allegedly infringing products According to news agency reports, Samsung's complaint relates to the iPhone and the iPad. Asserted intellectual property rights (in order of appearance in the complaint) According to news agency reports, Samsung asserts two Japanese patents against Apple. The patents asserted by Samsung on that day against Apple in three courts in three different courts "mainly [relate to] power reduction during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and wireless data communication technology" according to a Reuters report. It is unknown at this stage which of these technologies the two Japanese patents-in-suit relate to.

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Landgericht Mannheim (District Court of Mannheim, Germany), 7. Zivilkammer Case no. unknown -- complaint filed on 22 April 2011
Samsung vs. Apple (particular legal entities are unknown) Allegedly infringing products According to news agency reports, Samsung's complaint relates to the iPhone and the iPad. Asserted intellectual property rights (in order of appearance in the complaint) According to news agency reports, Samsung asserts three German patents against Apple. The patents asserted by Samsung on that day against Apple in three courts in three different courts "mainly [relate to] power reduction during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and wireless data communication technology" according to a Reuters report. It is unknown at this stage which of these technologies the three German patents-in-suit relate to.

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United States District Court for the Northern District of California Case no. 11-cv-02079 -- complaint filed on 28 April 2011 -converted into counterclaims to case no. 11-cv-01846 on 30 June 2011
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (of Seoul, S. Korea) and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (of Richardson, TX 75081) vs. Apple Inc. (of Cupertino, CA 95014) Allegedly infringing products a) infringement contentions for patents asserted in original complaint: For all 10 patents, the Apple iPhone 3G, the Apple iPhone 3GS, the Apple iPhone 4, the iPad 3G, and the iPad 2 3G are named. For the other 3 patents ('179, '626, '055), Samsung additionally names the iPod Touch and the iPad and iPad2 (without 3G). b) infringement contentions for patents additionally asserted in counterclaims: For all 4 of those patents, the Apple iPhone 3G, the Apple iPhone 3GS, the Apple iPhone 4, the iPad 3G, and the iPad 2 3G are named. For the '893 and '460 patents, the iPad, iPad 3G and the iPod product range are also named. For the '871 and '711 patents, the iPod Touch product line is generally accused; for the '893 and '460 patents, only its fourth generation. Asserted intellectual property rights (in order of appearance in the complaint) asserted by Samsung in original complaint 7,675,941 ("941") Method and apparatus for transmitting/receiving packet data using pre-defined length indicator in a mobile communication system 7,362,867 ("867") Apparatus and method for generating scrambling code in UMTS mobile communication system 7,447,516 ("516") Method and apparatus for data transmission in a mobile telecommunication system supporting enhanced uplink service 7,200,792 ("792") Interleaving apparatus and method for symbol mapping in an HSDPA mobile communication system 7,386,001 ("001") Apparatus and method for channel coding and multiplexing in CDMA communication system 7,050,410 ("410") Apparatus and method for controlling a demultiplexer and a multiplexer used for rate matching in a mobile communication system 6,928,604 ("604") Turbo encoding/decoding device and method for processing frame data according to QOS 6,292,179 ("179") Software keyboard system using trace of stylus on a touch screen and method for recognizing key code using the same dropped on 30 June 2011 (conversion of separate lawsuit into counterclaims) 7,009,626 ("626") Systems and methods for generating visual representations of graphical data and digital document processing dropped on 30 June 2011 (conversion of separate lawsuit into counterclaims) 7,069,055 ("055") Mobile telephone capable of displaying world time and method for controlling the same additionally asserted by Samsung on 30 June 2011 in counterclaims to Apple's original California lawsuit 7,079,871 ("871") Portable telephone and method of displaying data thereof 7,456,893 ("893") Method of controlling digital image processing apparatus for efficient reproduction and digital image processing apparatus using the method 7,577,460 ("460") Portable composite communication terminal for transmitting/receiving and images, and operation method and communication system thereof 7,698,711 ("711") Multi-tasking apparatus and method in portable terminal

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Seoul (South Korea) Central District Court Case no. unknown -- complaint filed on 22 June 2011
Apple vs. Samsung (particular legal entities and other details are unknown) Several news agencies, including Bloomberg, reported on the fact that this lawsuit showed up in public court records.

United States International Trade Commission -complaint filed on 28 June 2011 -- complaint no. 337-2824
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (of Seoul, S. Korea) and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (of Richardson, TX 75081) vs. Apple Inc. (of Cupertino, CA 95014) Allegedly infringing products The iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 are accused of infringing all five patents-in-suit. The iPod Touch, the iPad and the iPad 2 are accused of infringing only the '114 patent, while the iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G are additionally accused of infringing the '348 and '644 patents. Asserted intellectual property rights (in order of appearance in the complaint) asserted by Samsung in original complaint 7,706,348 ("348") Apparatus and method for encoding/decoding transport format combination indicator in CMDA mobile communication system 7,486,644 ("644") Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving data with high reliability in a mobile communication system supporting packet data transmission 6,771,980 ("980") Method for dialing in a smart phone 6,879,843 ("843") Device and method for storing and reproducing digital audio data in a mobile terminal 7,450,114 ("114") User interface systems and methods for manipulating and viewing digital contents

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United States District Court for the District of Delaware Case no. 11-cv-00573 -- complaint filed on 28 or 29 June 2011
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (of Seoul, S. Korea) and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (of Richardson, TX 75081) vs. Apple Inc. (of Cupertino, CA 95014) This is a companion lawsuit bringing the same allegations as the ITC complaint filed on 28 June 2011.

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High Court of England and Wales -- case no. unknown -- complaint filed on 29 June 2011
Samsung vs. Apple (particular legal entities and other details are unknown) Bloomberg reported on this lawsuit.

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Samsung vs. Apple (particular legal entities and other details are unknown) Italy was listed in a 30 June 2011 Wall Street Journal article among the countries in which Samsung filed lawsuits against Apple.

United States International Trade Commission -complaint filed on 05 July 2011 - complaint no. 337-2827
Apple Inc. (of Cupertino, CA 95014) vs. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (of Seoul, S. Korea), Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (of Ridgefield Park, NJ) and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (of Richardson, TX 75081) Allegedly infringing products The Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 allegedly infringe all five utility patents. The Fascinate smartphone is accused of infringing three of them (the first two and the fifth one); the Captivate smartphone, the first and the third; and the Infuse 4G smartphone, the first two. The Fascinate and Transform smartphones are accused of infringing both of the asserted design patents. The Galaxy S 4G and Infuse 4G smartphones allegedly infringe the second design patent. 2011 by Florian Mueller http://fosspatents.blogspot.com Twitter: @FOSSpatents Asserted intellectual property rights (in order of appearance in the complaint) Utility patents asserted by Apple 7,749,949 ("949") Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determing commands by applying heuristics RE41,922 ("RE922") Method and apparatus for providing translucent images on a computer display 7,863,533 ("533") Cantilevered push button having multiple contacts and fulcrums 7,789,697 ("697") Plug detection mechanisms 7,912,501 ("501") Audio I/O headset plug and plug detection circuitry Design patents asserted by Apple D558,757 ("D757") Ornamental design for an electronic device D618,678 ("D678") Ornamental design for an electronic device