This one was just waiting to happen. Why? When Apple first introduced its “Notification Center” along with iOS 5, many longtime Android users noted that Apple outright copied Google’s implementation. Now that one of Google’s notification patents has been granted, it looks like Samsung is taking advantage of that opportunity.
Samsung is reportedly suing Apple in South Korea, citing that Apple’s Notification Center infringes on one of its patents. A report out of BrightWire sheds more details on the new lawsuit:
“The Korean online news site iNews24 is reported today that “Samsung Electronics has brought a lawsuit against Apple in a court in South Korea over its ‘Notification Center’ patent infringement.” No other details were made available at this time.
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.”
As the report noted, not much else is known regarding the lawsuit, as it is supposedly in its early stages. However, the fact that Google being granted one of its pending notification patents essentially pulled the trigger on Samsung suing Apple could mean that they are involved in the lawsuit somehow.