We can’t say we didn’t see this one coming.

The notification system on Android is stellar, and Apple obviously agrees, because it lifted it wholesale on its own iOS products. For years now, Android fans frustrated by the wave of litigation that Apple unleashed against Android OEMs (and Samsung in particular) have asked one thing – why isn’t anyone suing Cupertino for the obvious rip off that is their notification center?

Well, someone is finally suing, if a report from the Korean news is to be believed. According to the Brightwire news service, the Korean news portal iNews24 reported today that “Samsung Electronics has brought a lawsuit against Apple in a court in South Korea over its ‘Notification Center’ patent infringement.” Sadly, no other details were revealed, but we are working on finding more.

Needless to say, this development has the potential to be huge. Samsung has opened various legal actions against Apple before, with little success. In some cases, judges ruled that the Koreans can’t make use of their standard-essential patents against competitors, while in others, jurors found that Apple isn’t infringing Samsung’s IP. The notification center case is, however, far more clear, and Samsung has a better shot at winning a legal action based on this feature.

What’s interesting is that Samsung doesn’t own patents related to the notification center, as Google is the inventor of the feature on Android. The Mountain View company was just awarded its first patent related to the notification system just last month. It’s possible that this development has triggered Samsung’s attack on Apple.

We’ll look for more details and come back with an update.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • rikomenzies

    Wait, so why isn’t Google the one going after Apple if they’re the ones who own the patent? Wouldn’t they have a better chance of winning that one, anyway?

    Either way, I hope Apple loses this case and it forces them to come up with their own notification solution. Or maybe they’ll just use the same arguments Samsung used in court and insinuate that there’s no other way to handle notifications.

    • Justin W

      They could do that.. But how did they do notifications before? Icons. That’s good enough for them – they can keep that. We’ll keep widgets and the Notification shade :)

    • can of worms, despite what you read in some shitty blog, both OS copied some aspect from each other. why end up in litigation like samsung and apple.

  • Google doesnt want anything to do with suing others and Android has gained many customers that left Apple because they were disgusted by the way Apple was acting. By letting Samsung do the suing Google avoids being looked at the way Apple is now & ppl will understand why Samsung is suing Apple to try to get back some of the 1 Billion awarded to Apple in the US case. – KID ANDROID (Team.Android.Canada)

  • No One

    Good luck with that.

  • dan

    Google dosent want to start beef with apple and be another Samsung. where apple will start suing them back.

  • Alu Zeros

    Starting to get ridiculous. Samsung, just move on. Keep creating kick ass devices. You have the potential of blowing away any hardware Apple will ever make.

    • MasterMuffin

      But that was so obviously stolen from android, I remember when iOs 5 came with that stolen notification system, I was so mad at apple and I’ve been thinking a long time WHY THE DUCK nobody has sued apple for that and finally apple will have to pay for what they have done, everyone can see how they stole it and nobody can deny that it wasn’t stolen!

  • xtroria

    if the license is right on spot and the judge found apple infiringed on that patent, iPhone could be banned because the notification center is not a small features, apple advertised it many times and probably it was the biggest feature in iOS 5. either that or apple will licensed it for a big amount of money

  • Lara

    How can Samsung sue crapple when they don’t own any notification patents and win?? Crapple will come up with the “defense” that Samsung doesn’t own any patents and didn’t invent the notification centre. Crapple products should never have widgets – that’s solely android territory.

    • Michael Lee

      That’s what I was thinking… If anything, Google has the right to do it.

    • you cant sue for something you dont own. So I imagine they have some sort of notification features specific to samsung

    • Marvin Nakajima

      Perhaps it’ll be like a class action suit where Samsung is suing in place of all the OEMs Apple has sued till now.. :P

  • twinsen

    what a nice christmas holiday present, samsung ^^

    now apple can enjoy the holiday.. err, I mean I can enjoy my holiday with peace of mind :)

  • HellG

    Google moto is “Dont be evil” so instead of getting their hands dirty and taking a chance that people might look at them like an evil corp like they do on Microsoft for example they use their cannon ball….Samsung and with its frustration of losing against apple it was a great opportunity for them, one question though does google give license to patents to OHA members automatically upon joining?

  • Melad360

    about fucking time someone sued them for that

    • Franz

      Amen brother.

  • It’s seem that Quick Config (like turn wifi on or off in notification) is used in Samsung’s device before Google and ios device.

  • RarestName

    Hey Samsung, why don’t you sue over something that you actually own? That’s Google’s OS and not yours.