A report says that Samsung has filed a new lawsuit in its home country of Korea against Apple over its iOS Notification Center. The company claims that the feature, introduced on iOS 5, infringes one of its patents.
Of course, patent lawsuits have become commonplace between the two tech giants in recent years. Typically, however, Samsung has used its standards-essential, hardware-related IP to go after Apple. But this time it’s software-related…
PatentlyApple says the delay in launching the lawsuit may have been due to the fact that Google’s patent pending notification patents had not been granted. That changed last month when one of their notification patents was granted under the title “Priority inbox notifications and synchronization for mobile-messaging application.” PA notes, “This may have been enough for Samsung to get the lawsuit rolling.”
Not much else is known about the lawsuit at the moment. But Google has been known to help out its partners. It was reported back in August that Google was lending support to Samsung in its lawsuit with Apple, offering advice and searching for prior evidence.
This will be an interesting one to watch, so we’ll keep an eye on it and keep you posted.