Apple Says Google Now, Galaxy S4 Violates Siri Patents


In an official motion filed by Apple, the company outlines five patents the Galaxy S4 violates, which is in line with our previous report about adding the recently released Android handset to its ongoing patent litigation with Samsung. Yet, in an interesting turn of events, Apple claims even Google Now is in violation of two Siri patents (via Foss Patents).

Apple vs. Samsung

The two Siri patents are US Patent No. 8,086,604 and US Patent No. 6,847,959 relating to a “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system.”

Apple asserted the ‘604 and ‘959 patents against the Android Quick Search Box, but with the launch of Google Now, it appears that the company wants to update its infringement claims accordingly.

To further complicate matters, Apple’s infringement analysis of the ‘604 and ‘959 patents focuses on Google functionality that Samsung incorporates into its devices. For example, in its original contentions, Apple identified Google’s Quick Search Box found on the accused Samsung phones as satisfying the limitations of the ‘604 and the ‘959 patents. Since Apple initially served those infringement contentions, however, Google released the Google Now search application, which in some instances, replaces the Quick Search Box, but incorporates the relevant ‘604 and ‘959 patented functionality.

The trial is scheduled for next spring.


  • flabeo

    You know, I’ve been an Apple fan for years. In my house between my wife, my mother, daughter and myself there are 3x iPhone 4’s, 2x iPad minis, 3x AppleTV’s, 1x 3rd gen iPad and an iMac & MacBook.. But with the complete drop in quality, lack of updates, big egos and trying to sue the pants off the competition I’m getting pretty fed up with them. I really hope things turn around soon, because there IS some really great forward thinking competition out there and at the end of the day myself and many others are gadget fanboys before we’re Apple fanboys.

  • Kst106

    True that

  • xxxJDxxx

    Hmmm. I would say Apple is really at the top of their game. Thats why their products tend to be the benchmark in so many markets. Its why all tablets are compared with ipad, all mp3 players compared to ipod, phones compared to iPhone and ultrabooks compared with macbook air’s. I still get updates quicker than my android friends and a big iOS update is on the way. As for the lawsuits, it may seem excessive but thats how the legal system works.

  • Mike

    Bang on. If apple’s r & d team were as big as its legal team, they would still be number 1

  • Mike

    “As for the lawsuits, it may seem excessive but thats how the legal system works”

    Ok. So your suggesting the legal system is behind all these lawsuits?

  • xxxJDxxx

    Nope. That’s not what I’m suggesting at all.