These Are The 11 Patents That Are Getting Android Into Trouble With Apple And Microsoft

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Late Friday¬†Apple won an injunction against Samsung blocking the Galaxy Nexus from being sold in the U.S.The judge who made the ruling, Lucy Koh said, “although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products.

While Samsung is currently appealing the ban, this isn’t the first time an Android product was attacked in court for patent issues.

Florian Mueller from the FOSS Patents blog put together an excellent list of the exact patents that Samsung infringed on from Apple and Microsoft. He let use his research and writing to put together this gallery of the different patents Android is said to infringe.

Foss Patents blog calls this, the 'photo gallery page-flipping' patent.

'The Rechtbank 's-Gravenhage (a court in the Dutch city of The Hague) deemed this patent valid and infringed in an August 24, 2011 decision granting Apple a preliminary injunction against certain Samsung smartphones. On March 1, 2012, the Munich I Regional Court granted Apple a permanent injunction over this patent against Motorola Mobility, now a wholly-owned Google subsidiary.'

This patent is for 'overscroll bounce' or 'rubber-banding' patent.

You know when you are checking your email and you pull the list down and it bounces to refresh? Apple owns a patent for that and a couple of Samsung devices have copied it.

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California deemed this patent valid and infringed in a December 2, 2011 decision denying an Apple motion for a preliminary injunction against four Samsung devices.

A general patent related to the iPhone's design.

In the aforementioned December 2, 2011 decision, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California deemed this design patent valid (with a narrowed scope) and infringed, calling it a 'close question' and denying an injunction for balance-of-hardship reasons.

You know how when you tap a phone number in another app (like Mail) and it switches to the dialer app because it knows you want to call someone?

Apple owns the rights to this. Samsung and HTC phones violated this patent.

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) deemed this patent valid and infringed in a December 19, 2011 order of a U.S. import ban against HTC.

In a June 29, 2012 order of a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California deemed this patent valid and infringed, but denied an injunction on the basis of this patent for balance-of-hardships reasons.

Motorola Mobility failed with summary judgment motions in a litigation in the Northern District of Illinois to prove this patent invalid or not infringed. The recent dismissal of that lawsuit was based on other reasons than the merit of Apple's infringement claims.

Florian also published the winning claim chart.

Whenever you go to unlock your phone remember that Apple has registered that patent.

This is the first slide-to-unlock patent.

On February 16, 2012, the Munich I Regional Court granted Apple an injunction over this patent against Motorola Mobility.

Whenever you send a mobile calendar invitation and it generates a meeting request Microsoft owns that patent.

On May 18, 2012, the ITC ordered a U.S. import ban against Motorola's Android-based devices that infringe this Microsoft patent.

Multi-part means any text message longer than 160 characters.

You know how when you send someone a text message that is longer than 160 characters and the phone breaks it up into multiple messages?

Microsoft owns a patent that reassembles those messages so it looks like one long message instead of three broken down messages.

Although iPhones do have this feature Apple is not sued because it pays Microsoft a patent fee to use the technology.

On May 24, 2012, the Munich I Regional Court granted Microsoft an injunction over this patent against Motorola's Android-based devices.

This was the first Microsoft v. Google decision ever. It came down only days after Google completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility. The ruling is already being enforced in Germany.

A general patent related to the iPad's design.

On June 27, 2012, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted Apple a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 following a partly-successful appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In the summer of 2011, the Düsseldorf Regional Court hadgranted Apple a preliminary injunction against the same product over the European equivalent, a so-called Community design, of this U.S. design patent. The appeals court, the DüsseldorfHigher Regional Court, later upheld the injunction but did so on the basis of German unfair competition law, not on the grounds of the asserted Community design.

Apple obviously owns the rights to Siri.

This is a patent on Siri-style unified search.

On June 29, 2012, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted Apple a preliminary injunction against the Samsung/Google Galaxy Nexus smartphone over this patent.

This ruling is why the Galaxy Nexus is currently not being sold in the U.S.

This is another patent that Samsung infringed on last week.

This is the second slide-to-unlock patent.

In its aforementioned Galaxy Nexus decision, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California deemed Samsung and Google to infringe on this patent, which it considered valid.

The next time your phone tries to correct you remember that Apple owns that technology.

This is an autocorrect patent.

In its aforementioned Galaxy Nexus decision, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California deemed Samsung and Google to infringe on this patent, which it considered valid.

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