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Apple vs Samsung: the two warring titans return for second patent showdown

Apple vs Samsung:  the two warring Tech titans of the smartphone and tablet industry return for second patent trial in San Jose federal court head by Judge Lucy Koh on Monday. In the new trial Apple is claiming damages of $2 billion towards infringement of five patents by Samsung devices sold in the US between 2010 and 2012, including Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
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If you’ve been following the goings-on of the digital world over the recent years, you’ll notice that Apple and Samsung are always involved in some kind of court battles and disputes. Here’s everything you need to know about what exactly has got the Cupertino’s return.

9to5Mac on Tuesday put together a nice quick list of the five iOS features Apple is suing Samsung over right now.

What exactly $2 billion worth of patents look like?

Well, for starters, patent 5,946,647, refers to “System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.” This patent covers iOS’s ability to automatically add links to certain text strings, which can then be used to perform specific actions. For example, if your friend sends a message saying “Meet me at the restaurant tonight,” the word “tonight” will automatically turn into a link, which in turn jumps to your calendar app if you happen to tap on it.

Patent 6,847,959, meanwhile relates to “Universal interface for the retrieval of information in a computer system.” Universal search means that when you enter something into the search bar of your iPhone or iPad, iOS searches local content on your device as well as content on the web.

Patent 7,761,414 refers to “synchronous data synchronization among devices.” This patent covers the way that Apple’s iPhone and iPad synchronizes data in the background while users continue to add new data.

Patent 8,046,721 relates to “Unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image.” The slide to unlock feature is a system whereby a  iOS device will be unlocked by performing a gesture over a lock screen image.

Finally Patent 8,074,172 outlines “Method, system and graphical user interface for providing word recommendations”. This is nothing but Apple’s auto correct technology.

Another interesting question is: if Apple wins, what next? Will it claim damages against other Android handset manufacturers individually, picking them off one at a time? Well, keep reading to learn all significant developments in the case.

Manohar Thakur