Samsung has filed a new patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in South Korea over the iPhone and iPad’s Notification Center feature, reports “FOSS Patents” (http://tinyurl.com/cp9z9z8).
Florian Mueller of “FOSS Patents” writes: “In all likelihood this is a non-standard-essential patent. Clearly, Samsung needs to step up its non-SEP assertions against Apple because its original SEP-centric litigation strategy has been a near-total failure: it obtained injunctive relief only in Korea (but enforcement has been stayed for the duration of the appeal), an entitlement to damages (which have yet to be determined but will be modest) in the Netherlands, lost out on various claims in the U.S. and several European countries, received a skeptical initial indication by an Australian judge, and yesterday found itself at the receiving end of a Statement of Objections, a preliminary antitrust ruling, by the European Commission despite having unilaterally dropped its European SEP injunctions requests in a last-ditch effort that was apparently too little, too late to dissuade the EU’s top competition enforcer from determining on a preliminary basis that Samsung needs to be fined for the past pursuit of injunctions anyway.”
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.