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.