Apple is not going to stop its legal attack on Android. The sue-cidal company now wants to add Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) to its existing lawsuit against Galaxy maker Samsung in federal court in San Jose. The company also wants to add Samsung's Galaxy Note devices to this lawsuit. The case will go to trial in 2014.
Andrew Liao, an Apple attorney, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal that the Galaxy Nexus is the only phone with Jelly Bean that Apple seeks to add to the patent complaint. Liao also said Apple wants to add 17 devices that could use a stylus even though the products don’t ship with a stylus.
Galaxy Notes are highly innovative and advanced devices which use Stylus and feature technologies like multiple windows (which allows users to perform two tasks at the same time). Most of these features are missing from Apple's own iOS. In fact Android 4.1 has left Apple's own iOS far behind in terms of innovation and features. So, on which grounds Apple claims that Android 4.1 infringes its patents is yet to be know. I am sure these will again be some tiny, stupid patents.
The same Bloomberg story states that "Apple already has won a preliminary order from Koh blocking U.S. sales of Samsung’s Nexus smartphone" which is not correct.
Apple earlier did get a preliminary ban on Galaxy Nexus devices over a tiny patent which deals with unified search (the feature was removed by Google through an update thus the devices were not infringing upon that patent anymore). The US appeals court overturned the ban on Galaxy Nexus device so there is no ban on Galaxy Nexus. The Appeals court said in its order that "We hold that the district court abused its discretion in enjoining the sales of the Galaxy Nexus."
Apple Has Started To Lose?
Apple has been losing a lot of fights lately:
- A UK court forced Apple to apologize publicly on its website for publishing wrong information about the court order in UK
- USPTO recently rejected the rubber band bounce back patent which Apple was using in many lawsuits
- The infamous $1 billion verdict everyone is talking about is under question as there are accusation of jury misconduct
- Two US courts already have dismissed two lawsuits between Apple and Motorola.
- Apple lost a major court case against HTC in UK
Outside the legal ring (where Apple seems to be spending most of its time) Apple is losing the market and has started to show cracks in its shiny devices - Apple Maps was a massive disaster; iPhone 5 met with negative responses; iPad Mini turned out to be an overpriced inferior device and the company just went through shuffling at top level with some key executive kicked out of the company. The company which was once respected for its innovative products is fast losing its shine due to these lawsuits.