An extract from the recent report by a reputable business-to-business resource reads:
“The Korean online news site iNews24 is reported today that “Samsung Electronics has brought a lawsuit against Apple in a court in South Korea over its ‘Notification Center’ patent infringement.” No other details were made available at this time.
The delay in launching the lawsuit may have been due to Google’s patent pending notification patents not being officially granted. However, that changed last month when one of their notification patents was indeed granted under the title “Priority inbox notifications and synchronization for mobile-messaging application.” This may have been enough for Samsung to get the lawsuit rolling.”
This means that allegedly, Samsung has filed a new lawsuit in its home country against Apple, and the entire mess sis about the iOS Notification Center. The feature which was originally introduced in iOS 5 is claimed to be violating one of Samsung’s active patents.
With no further details known about the suit yet, it’d be rational if Google had a hand in it. The thing is that all the previous patent lawsuits were hardware related, while it now concerns the software side of an iPhone. The argument gets even stronger when considering the fact that the Search Giant has just been awarded a patent covering the notification center of its mobile OS.
Google is known for quietly lending support to Samsung during its high-profile lawsuit with Apple, and even offered advice while searching for the prior evidence. Moreover, it also lent patents to HTC during its feud with Apple’s iPad.
It seems more news is to come after the holiday season. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated about the further development of the case.