Just a few days ago, we posited that the ongoing legal battles between Apple and Samsung will no doubt continue into 2013. Well, with just over a week left before we ring in the new year, here comes another matter the two companies are likely to be wrangling over.
According to the Seoul-based online IT news publication iNews24 (via BrightWire), Samsung has filed a new lawsuit against Apple in a court in South Korea, where the former is headquartered. The lawsuit is said to have been filed on the grounds of alleged patent infringement on the part of Apple over Notification Center.
Launched alongside iMessage, Newsstand, and Twitter integration on iOS 5 last year, Notification Center provides users with an easy way to access all notifications on their iOS devices.
Apparently, Samsung believes that Apple has infringed on one or more of its patents with the way the iOS device maker has designed Notification Center.
Undeniably, Apple’s iOS Notification Center bears a significant resemblance to Samsung’s Android notification system. But your guess as to why Samsung is only now taking legal action against a one-year old feature is as good as mine. Or as good as Patently Apple’s.
Patently Apple reckons the delay may have been caused by another delay: the delay in the granting of certain notification patents to Google, the producer of Android. One such patent was granted just last month, and it may well serve as a substantial consideration in Samsung’s latest case against Apple.