Apple attempting to block U.S. release of Samsung Galaxy S III

Apple claims that Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone infringes on two patents related to software features. On Tuesday, Apple requested permission to file a motion for preliminary injunction against Samsung's upcoming product, as discovered by FOSS Patents.

The injunction against the Galaxy S III would be in addition to a previous motion for a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus.

"Because the Galaxy S III contains two of the exact infringing features already at issue with respect to the Galaxy Nexus, the S III is not more than colorably different from the Galaxy Nexus," Apple's motion reads. One of the patents in question is related to unified search (U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604), famously exemplified with Siri, which Apple claims the Galaxy S III's "S Voice" feature infringes on. The other patent is related to "data detectors" (U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647).

Apple purchased the Samsung Galaxy S III in the U.K., where it was released on May 29. The U.S. release of the phone is scheduled for June 21, which the FOSS Patents blog points out is exactly two weeks after the preliminary injunction hearing.

The motion will likely be discussed at Thursday's hearing.

In a statement emailed to CNET, an Apple spokesperson wrote, "It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging, This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."

Source: FOSS Patents

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For the first time, apple is right. samsung is copying everything from apple. its like they are running out of ideas. look at samsung tablets and phones. who doesn't say it's iphone and ipad copy. Look at windows phone, that's innovation. but samsung is just copying. They should get sued I think

S3P€hR said,
For the first time, apple is right. samsung is copying everything from apple. its like they are running out of ideas. look at samsung tablets and phones. who doesn't say it's iphone and ipad copy. Look at windows phone, that's innovation. but samsung is just copying. They should get sued I think

You must have not seen Galaxy SIII then. This is not about their previous products.

you ever heard the phrase "its a dog-eat-dog world"? big business is cut throat (not suggesting its right) and its what you have to do. Every company does this holds patents. If you DID NOT do everything in your companies best interest, your stock holders would class action sue you, you would be ousted from your position, and you would lose your entire career and everything you worked for.

i must be the only one that doesnt think samsung products look like apples, my wives s2 doesnt look like an iphone at all

The patent concerning data detectors is really an unworthy patent. It is like patenting sex because you found out that you can put your dxck into something. and you want the worldpopulation to refrain from it until they pay you a license fee (sounds a lot like pimping....). Inventing a lightbulb would qualify but licensing some logical action is absurd.

I don't own I Apple product and never will. I boycott everything Apple and every time I walk buy their stupid stores at I laugh.

Awesome. Samsung lawyers did everything in their power to avoid precisely these things designing this ugly piece of soap yet Apple found something to poke at anyway.

I am an Apple and Android user and my take is that Samsung does blatantly try to rip off the Apple experience, like the article states, everything from packaging, form factor and design, the sync cable for Galaxy Tabs literally looks identical to Apples cable, even touchwiz looks a lot like iOS.

I prefer Android phones to the iPhone but I'm on Apples side with this one, Samsung has to differentiate, not copy.

Sonne said,
I am an Apple and Android user and my take is that Samsung does blatantly try to rip off the Apple experience, like the article states, everything from packaging, form factor and design, the sync cable for Galaxy Tabs literally looks identical to Apples cable, even touchwiz looks a lot like iOS.

I prefer Android phones to the iPhone but I'm on Apples side with this one, Samsung has to differentiate, not copy.

This lawsuit has nothing to do with galaxy tabs. Also nothing to do with Touchwiz.

Thanks for trolling.

Cant wait for Samsung to sue when apple release their rumoured iPhone5 with larger and 16:9 screen. same with Apple TV.... sure Apples TV will hav the look and feel of any other generic widescreen tv

I would respect everyone's opinions a lot more if they didn't turn around and cheer whenever Google or an Android OEM counter-sues.

Reality is, people don't actually care about patent suits. This is the same old boring brand loyalty that's been around longer than mobile phones, manifesting itself in a new way, where whenever "the enemy" does something, we attack that action from all levels.

Is the enemy attacking based on patents? Well then, the patent system must be broken!

this is how the patent system works. not apple, nor microsoft created the patent system. if you invent something,you file a patent for it,and you then own that patent on that idea. apple and microsoft have been in the game for a long time,and spent billions in r&d to create this technology that is essential in smartphones. so google comes along, takes their technology, packages it together and give it to anyone and everyone for free. can't people see something wrong with this?

let me ask you this. if you came up with an idea and patented it, and you license it to companies and make pretty good money from it. then google comes along and takes your idea,puts it in android,and give it out to anyone that wants to download it. would you sit there and say,hmm im not a patent troll. it doesnt matter if im going to be losing my income stream, my house,my life and my childrends future, its just not ethical to sue for patent infringement.

see how ridiculous that sounds? some of you need to understand that thats how the system works,and apple and microsoft are doing what they have to do. this whole thing that google is doing is not going to stand for long. eventually companies are going to get sick of playing this game and eventually give up. especially now when they are not even making anymore money off android. only samsung is,and when apple is done taking all their lunch money,it wont even be worth samsungs time. they will just switch to their in house OS,or go elsewhere.

This says a lot about how scared Apple is about losing market share on the SIII. I agree that if you own the patent you should investigate and if needed sue, but I sure hope they loose this one because it's just getting too personal. If it was up to Apple, no other company was allowed to make a phone anymore unless it's round, has no touch, no voice control, no buttons and no connection to the outside world (exaggerating but you know what I mean).

I have the SIII now and love it more than ever but when reading this I feel like Apple does not want me to own this phone. Too bad I don't have a vote in this... but just in case: "Apple, I like this phone, please let me use it..." :-)

"It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad"
The S3 Looks nothing like the IPhone. The Apple spokesperson needs to look at the products before commenting.

It has a touch screen ahhhhh its an IPhone Copy /s

And the similarities of svoice and Siri, please they are just voice activated features that have been in phones for years. Both patents are vague and are describing something that already existed in many products.

I don't have a problem with companies taking other companies to court over patents, but the patents apple seem to have are so stupid, They seem to have a patent on rectangular objects with rounded corners. Is this seriously possible?

The Siri vs S-Voice thing that's kinda fair enough, I wish they would let samsung have it though, so the 2 companies could compete to create a better product, instead of Apple just holding an almost monopoly on an application.

Apple. . .Get out of the courtroom and compete in the marketplace. Your phones could only dream of being as good as the S3. In fact, imho, your IPhone doesn't even stack up to my Galaxy S II which is getting a little long in the tooth. I have 4G and man is it fast. You (apple) are looking weaker and weaker as you run to the courts to try to shout down the competition.

Apple is scared. the iPhone is old tech. It can't keep up with even the free phones coming out these days and they know it. They think that Apple logo will carry them to world domination.

Scraggles said,
Apple is scared. the iPhone is old tech. It can't keep up with even the free phones coming out these days and they know it. They think that Apple logo will carry them to world domination.

People always say this, but they crapped out what was the iPhone 4s and still sold a ridiculous number of phones. What's going to happen now that the iPhone 5 is around the corner?

And of course they need to be wary of the competition, but that goes for every company really...

I really wish Apple would go away and never ever come back again. They are turning into such a rotten company. I want the SG3 so badly and now they have to go and f-ing ruin it. I have 1 Apple POS hardware in my house and that is it. I Hate them!!

.Aaron said,
I really wish Apple would go away and never ever come back again. They are turning into such a rotten company. I want the SG3 so badly and now they have to go and f-ing ruin it. I have 1 Apple POS hardware in my house and that is it. I Hate them!!

If they would stop stealing Apple's property, these things wouldn't happen...
Don't blame Apple. Blame Samsung for having crappy designers and bad management.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Snip.

Oh please.

I pray to God that if/when Apple makes a TV, Samsung blocks the release and sues them for any and everything they can. Because see, Samsung made TVs before Apple... so... Apple is copying Samsung. It's sad Apple has a crappy design team and ****ty management. Morans can't even come up with an original device to view movies and such.

Open Minded said,

Oh please.

I pray to God that if/when Apple makes a TV, Samsung blocks the release and sues them for any and everything they can. Because see, Samsung made TVs before Apple... so... Apple is copying Samsung. It's sad Apple has a crappy design team and ****ty management. Morans can't even come up with an original device to view movies and such.

No, just no. Unless Samsung can pull up a patent that Apple violates, then nothing will happen. Use common sense, please...

Open Minded said,

Oh please.

I pray to God that if/when Apple makes a TV, Samsung blocks the release and sues them for any and everything they can. Because see, Samsung made TVs before Apple... so... Apple is copying Samsung.

It's not a matter of who came first. Samsung made phones before Apple did. It's about infringing patents and one company making their products look like the other company's.


It's sad Apple has a crappy design team and ****ty management. Morans can't even come up with an original device to view movies and such.

It's funny because Samsung doesn't think Apple's designs are, "****ty." Why else do you think they've slapped Apple products into their magical photocopier and churned out similar looking products?

I mean, do all computers with a small form factor have to look a like and have circular openings at the bottom?

http://www.macworld.com.au/new...-cloned-the-mac-mini-56317/

Do all voice assistants have to look like Siri?

http://www.theverge.com/2012/5...vs-s-voice-comparison-video

I don't think the S III looks anything like the iPhone, but where do you think Samsung got the look of S-Voice from?

Astra.Xtreme said,

If they would stop stealing Apple's property, these things wouldn't happen...
Don't blame Apple. Blame Samsung for having crappy designers and bad management.

Apple's property? The last time I checked, Siri wasn't Apple technology, Apple purchased it. Not only that, but voice search has been around way longer than Siri, it's been included in stock Android for a while now.

No one downloaded Siri source code and re-used any Apple property. Patents are dumb, plain and simple, and if Apple is not intending to release Siri on Android, then they are completely separate products.

And their other patent is just a way to search for things as I understand it. How can you patent things like this in the first place - that's the problem.

These patent wars are out of control, and it seems to be the only way many companies remain profitable nowadays.

You think if Samsung SIII had 100K preorders Apple would sue? Think about it. That is 9 Million Pre-Orders(claimed by Samsung) and more after stock hits the shelves.

The problem with patents and the system is that it is broken. Each patent is so expensive to register alone. That's not even having the patent granted so any small company with a great idea will have a hard time winning a patent or applying for a real patent. Apple just throws up patents left and right and have the money and the clout to push them through.

The system has to change to level the playing field.

One of the patents in question is related to unified search (U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604), famously exemplified with Siri, which Apple claims the Galaxy S III's "S Voice" feature infringes on.

Apple is basically saying they own the patent for ALL voice search applications. Seriously, screw apple.

humanz. said,
The good thing is no one will want to work with Apple with the enemies they're making.

I think people will. One of the largest and most successful companies in the world! Who would not want to work for them!

I would like to patent the action of getting patents for stupid things, but I agree, Samsung products look similar to those of Apple...

Apple have to much time on their hands. Perhaps invest in some R&D rather than just sticking a new letter on your phones and ripping off your nutbar fanbois who will buy whatever is released.

TsMkLg068426 said,
This phone looks ugly, can not blame Apple for stopping its release.

Yea, an ugly phone that has 9mil preorders not counting the US.

People are sooo much held up on the looks of things. If something looks cool, but only does 1/2 the functions of its counterpart, then people would buy what looks cool. I buy things that I use and that I need regardless of looks/design. In the end, looks mean jack if what you buy doesnt do what you need it to do.

TsMkLg068426 said,
This phone looks ugly, can not blame Apple for stopping its release.

By your words, Apple is now responsible for enforcing a design in competitor products that meets their (and your) standards through legal action? I will probably get a warning for this, but I think it is well worth it - That is the most dumb-assed thing I have heard in a long time.

Apple will sue into oblivion anybody that makes any design decision that is even remotely similar to an Apple product. Put some icons at the bottom of the screen? Apple is the inventor of that and must be stopped! So then competitors have to design so it in no way resembles Apple, and they should be sued for that?

I happen to think the iPhone 4/4S is an abomination to look at - especially the white one. Who will sue Apple on my behalf to get that monstrosity removed from the market?

TsMkLg068426 said,
This phone looks ugly, can not blame Apple for stopping its release.

You are saying iphone is ugly then.

"Apple spokesperson wrote, "It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad,..."

So, S Voice is basically made by vLingo if I understand things correctly. If thats the case, then why did apple wait until this long to file a suit against the S Voice feature and not sue vLingo already.

Just Apple waiting for the right opportunity to sue so it benefits them more. Typical.

But Apple is known to steal developer's software, I think it was last year or the year before, a developer submitted his app to get it in the app store, Apple declined it, and then not that long after Apple brought out the same app using almost the same exact logo that the original developer created.

Asrokhel said,
But Apple is known to steal developer's software, I think it was last year or the year before, a developer submitted his app to get it in the app store, Apple declined it, and then not that long after Apple brought out the same app using almost the same exact logo that the original developer created.

Did the guy have a patent?

I expect that we will soon see a patent for a form of aerobic respiration applied for and granted to Apple.

I am getting so sick and tired of Apple's schoolyard patent fights. Won't be getting another one of their products if they keep doing this. Allow the free market of other devices like Samsung. What are they so scared of ? The best shall prevail.

max22 said,
I am getting so sick and tired of Apple's schoolyard patent fights. Won't be getting another one of their products if they keep doing this. Allow the free market of other devices like Samsung. What are they so scared of ? The best shall prevail.

That is what their afraid of.

Having just finished playing Magic: The Gathering with my friends this lovely evening, I realize that the industry has a lot in common with the game. Sure, Apple and Samsung want to win, but that also means they don't want to allow each other any sort of opportunity to strike either. So long as they have cards to play and follow the rules, they can do what they like to try to keep the opponents down.

So if Apple needs to place an enchantment or restrict Samsung's mana to keep them from putting that 13/13 creature into play, then they must do what they have to do.

Hell, I know I'd do it too if I were steering the ship at Apple to. You'd be stupid not to...

I think Apple has sued every tech company in the world now. Looks like their way of anti-competition is to actually kill the competition... All of it....