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Lawsuits between tech giants are becoming more and more commonplace and yet another one has just started.  The usual suspects are in the ring with Samsung reportedly suing Apple over yet another patent infringement, this time their Notification Center.  Apple implemented the Notification Center in 2011, with iOS 5 but Samsung say that this is an infringement on an already active patent, one that was already in use on Android handsets prior to Apple’s release.

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Although there aren’t too many details known about the lawsuit at the moment, it is only being brought in South Korea, home of Samsung.  One other thing is clear – Samsung themselves do not actually hold any patents relating to notifications – but Google do. According to a report from PatentlyApple :

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“The delay in launching the lawsuit may have been due to Google’s patent pending notification patents not being officially granted. However, that changed last month when one of their notification patents was indeed granted under the title “Priority inbox notifications and synchronization for mobile-messaging application.” This may have been enough for Samsung to get the lawsuit rolling.”

Google do have  a habit of “helping” their partners when needs be and, as their newly granted patent covers the Notification Center in Android, it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to find that Google are the ones behind the lawsuit.  It’s already known that they helped out both Samsung and HTC in previous lawsuits against Apple.

The next few months could prove interesting and, as more details become available we will report them.

Source : PatentlyApple

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