In some sort of pre-trial summary judgment, Judge Lucy Koh has told Samsung that it infringes on one of Apple’s five hey-don’t-copy-me patents, while one of the South Koreans’ five has been deemed invalid. Advantage Apple.
Various other happenings, such as the denial of Samsung’s summary judgment requests (don’t worry; I’m confused too), make the entire scenario oddly reminiscent - supposedly - of the 2012 case that initially awarded Apple $1 billion in damages. Uh oh.
Koh reckons Samsung has stepped on Apple’s patent pertaining to “word recommendations”, or “autocomplete” as you and I know it.
Meanwhile, Koh dismissed Samsung’s patent on "acquisition and synchronization of digital media to a personal information space", which was quite possibly acquired in September 2011 primarily for use as ammunition in the patent wars.
The latest in a seemingly never-ending run of Apple/Samsung trials (not to mention the appeals; good lord, the appeals) is set to begin on March 31. In the meantime, if legal mumbo-jumbo floats your boat, head over to FOSS Patents.
I’ll leave you with the technical definition of autocorrect. Fantastic stuff:
A graphical user interface on a portable electronic device with a keyboard and a touch screen display, comprising: a first area of the touch screen display that displays a current character string being input by a user with the keyboard; and a second area of the touch screen display separate from the first area that displays the current character string or a portion thereof and a suggested replacement character string for the current character string; wherein; the current character string in the first area is replaced with the suggested replacement character string if the user activates a key on the keyboard associated with a delimiter; the current character string in the first area is replaced with the suggested replacement character string if the user performs a gesture on the suggested replacement character string in the second area; and the current character string in the first area is kept if the user performs a gesture in the second area on the current character string or the portion thereof displayed in the second area.