It was reported that Samsung filed another lawsuit against Apple with regards to the latter’s iOS Notification Center. According to the South Korean tech giant, the iOS feature infringes on an active patent.
Samsung on Apple’s iOS Notification Center
Although information about the new lawsuit is scarce, FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller believes that the intellectual property in question is not a standard-essential patent assertion. However, it is unclear whether Samsung is leveraging a patent that it owns or just an enhanced patent that already existed before Apple released its solution.
Mueller also noted that Google received a US patent of the same feature recently, which is most likely responsible for its Android status bar and other assets. On the other hand, Apple launched their iOS Notification Center last year together with iOS 5, some time after the search engine giant ships similar feature with its Android devices.
Apple’s iOS Notification enables quick access to email, push notifications, messages, weather and other assets from a pull-down screen, which can be accessed from anywhere in iOS. Recently, the feature received Facebook integration with iOS 6, as well as made its way to Mac with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
Samsung’s Antitrust Complaint from European Commission
Meanwhile, Samsung is facing an antitrust complaint from the European Commission. body announced that they’ve sent a formal complaint to the company with regards to the potential misuse of standard-essential patents.
According to the European Union’s executive body, the South Korean tech giant abused its dominant market position to gain a foothold on legal disputes against Apple. Samsung, on the other hand, tried to avoid the commission’s litigation by pulling out its patent infringement case against the Cupertino-based company. As stated by the European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia:
Intellectual property rights are an important cornerstone of the single market. However, such rights should not be misused when they are essential to implement industry standards, which bring huge benefits to businesses and consumers alike. When companies have contributed their patents to an industry standard and have made a commitment to license the patents in return for fair remuneration, then the use of injunctions against willing licensees can be anti-competitive.
On the other hand, the Korean company dropped its suits against Apple, which involves the industry-essential patents in five European countries last Tuesday. However, a number of cases still remain active.