Android Devices Officially Infringe 17 Apple And Microsoft Patents, Six In The Last Three Months

Android Devices Officially Infringe 17 Apple And Microsoft Patents, Six In The Last Three Months

Last quarter, courts around the world had filed judgements that showed Android infringing 11 mostly Apple patents, with a couple of Microsoft patents thrown in for good measure. As of today, according to Florian Meuller of FOSS Patents, there are 17 patent judgements against the Android operating system, four in favor of Microsoft, and a staggering 13 favoring Apple.

These judicial decisions only include final judgements, and do not include those where a judgement was made, but the injunction lifted by another court or judge. They include both courts and the International Trade Commission, a body with quasi-judicial authority in world trade agreements.

The Apple patents with judgements against the Android operating system include those on “photo gallery page-flipping,” “rubber-banding/overscroll bounce,” “data tapping,” two “slide to unlock” patents, Siri-styled unified search, and iPhone and iPad related design patents.

The Microsoft patents found infringed include “generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device,” “communicating multi-part messages between cellular devices using a standardized interface” and “common name space for long and short filenames.”

The list of infringement judgements really brings home the fact that the Android operating system is put together with a lot of the parts and pieces of other companies’ patented innovations, though it may also be seen as a critique of the way patents on software are granted and enforced, as well.

  • schammy

    > Last quarter, courts around the world had filed judgements that showed Android infringing 11 mostly Apple patents

    Um, no. Pretty much every court around the world, *except* those in the US, has found Apple’s iPhone patents laughable and hence Apple has lost the cases where they have sued. See, the rest of the world has common sense.

  • José Alberto Gálvez

    i guess cult of mac doesnt know FOSS patent is a shill.

    all those pantents are invalid due prior art, they dont really related to android but manufacturer implementations.

    btw: apple doesnt really have patent for gallery flip

  • BrendonC_

    Keep suing, Apple! I’m sure your company will succeed in the mobile industry!

  • Edwin Torres

    Keep suing, Apple! I’m sure your company will succeed in the mobile industry!

    News Flash…They are. But don’t worry we will all wait for you over here… in reality.

  • Cristian Cocos

    Most of those Apple “patents” are junk patents.

  • FilthyMacNasty

    Android… winning.

    But not in courts of law.

  • Overthe Wires

    Gotta love the add trolls that comes over from YouTube and google plus. Regardless, I’ve read many times that google is the most sued company in technology. Known for shamelessly stealing patents. When you look at Microsoft and windows phone you clearly see how many different ways an operating system could be imagined. If android was about orginality they wouldn’t be getting sued and loosing! If your an inventer or and artist you wrie your own code that has nothing to do with what anyone else has done. That only excuse is little imagination. All android did was take the core operations of IOS and make them look and function more like OSX and or a desktop looking OS. But it stops there. It doesn’t act like a desktop operating system. Because you need desktop class apps in order to make it function like a desktop operating system. What would any computer be today with applications? At least with IOS you know you are getting the Mac experience in your pocket. People fail to understand that IOS is OSX. So if you take a microscope to OSX alone you would see that apples patents always hold up even before the iPhone was made. They’ve been making operating systems since the 80’s. Why even defend people who don’t make their own work abounds?

  • Overthe Wires

    Gotta love the add trolls that comes over from YouTube and google plus. Regardless, I’ve read many times that google is the most sued company in technology. Known for shamelessly stealing patents. When you look at Microsoft and windows phone you clearly see how many different ways an operating system could be imagined. If android was about orginality they wouldn’t be getting sued and loosing! If your an inventer or and artist you wrie your own code that has nothing to do with what anyone else has done. That only excuse is little imagination. All android did was take the core operations of IOS and make them look and function more like OSX and or a desktop looking OS. But it stops there. It doesn’t act like a desktop operating system. Because you need desktop class apps in order to make it function like a desktop operating system. What would any computer be today with applications? At least with IOS you know you are getting the Mac experience in your pocket. People fail to understand that IOS is OSX. So if you take a microscope to OSX alone you would see that apples patents always hold up even before the iPhone was made. They’ve been making operating systems since the 80’s. Why even defend people who don’t make their own work abounds?

  • Overthe Wires

    > Last quarter, courts around the world had filed judgements that showed Android infringing 11 mostly Apple patents

    Um, no. Pretty much every court around the world, *except* those in the US, has found Apple’s iPhone patents laughable and hence Apple has lost the cases where they have sued. See, the rest of the world has common sense.

    Wrong, they won a number of trials in other areas of the world and even got products banned.

  • mreine

    Regardless of lawsuits, they will be thrown out and Android will have 80% of the world market by next summer. they have 65% now! Anything florian mueller says is pure bullshit. He is paid by apple to post crap and everyone with a brain knows not to believe anything he says.

  • ElVox
    Keep suing, Apple! I’m sure your company will succeed in the mobile industry!

    You do realize that Apple owns 75% of the MONEY resulting from mobile phone sales, right? And MONEY is what matters…marketshare is meaningless if, as google, you earn zero cents for each device sold. So…yeah, Mobile Industry Success, Accomplished.

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  • Tallest_Skil

    Most of those Apple “patents” are junk patents.

    All of your comments are junk comments.

    Yes, I realize you have one comment. You’re off to a spectacular start, aren’t you? Now run along and educate yourself before adding to the pile.

    and Android will have 80% of the world market by next summer.

    Slapppy! It’s you! I missed you! Ever since we banned you from AI for being not only a complete, remorseless idiot, I’ve been wondering what you’ve been doing.

    Continuing to be a complete, remorseless idiot, it seems. Ah, well.

    they have 65% now!

    Mhmm. Which explains how Samsung was caught lying about its sold devices. Since they had only sold about 10% of what they claimed, that means Android should have roughly 6.5% marketshare if that’s the case across the board.

    Of course it isn’t, so let’s put it at 20%. How funny pathetic, huh?

  • hanhothi

    Interesting how this site only reports the cases Apple wins. What about the cases that Apple has recently lost, where it was not an American jury, for example Tokio and Germany? How about some objective reporting?

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