February 12, 2012

Apple files patent suit over Samsung Galaxy Nexus (VIDEO)

TEL AVIV (MarketWatch) – Apple Inc. filed a lawsuit, charging that Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Nexus phone violates four of the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant’s patents, weekend media reports say.

Apple AAPL +0.28%   has been challenging Samsung SSNLF +6.39%    and other makers of phones using Google Inc.’s Android mobile operating system. These compete with Apple’s popular iPhone.

The latest suit was filed Feb. 8 in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., and made available Friday, reports say.

The patents in question include one covering the feature called slide to unlock, in which a user opens access to a phone by swiping an image of a button, the reports say.

Another involves data tapping, in which the system can recognize, say, a phone number in an e-mail and enable the user to immediately call that number. Late last year, the U,S. International Trade Commission banned HTC Corp.’s TW:2498 -1.40%   phones that used the feature, and that HTC then developed a workaround for the function.

A third patent violation, Apple charges in the case, involves technology that helps complete partial words that a phone user inputs. And the fourth is tied to Apple’s voice-activated search function called Siri, reports say.

The lawsuit asks the court to block sales of the Galaxy Nexus, which employs Google’s GOOG -.00%   Android 4.0 operating system, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich.

A Samsung spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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