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Samsung Filed a Lawsuit Against Apple in Korea Over iOS Notification Center

Those who are keeping tabs on news regarding the tech industry, it is no secret that major tech companies like Apple, Google, and Samsung are currently locked in various legal skirmishes. For quite some time now, patent infringement lawsuits are being thrown left and right, and the center of it all is none other than Apple. Just earlier this month, Apple sought expanded ban for Samsung's future devices. This time, Samsung retaliates by reportedly filing a new lawsuit in its home country against Apple. More details after the jump.

iOS VS. Android Notification

According to a report by Patently Apple, the Korean online news site iNews24 has reported that Samsung has filed a new lawsuit against Apple for allegedly infringing a patent concerning the iOS Notification Center.

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.

Not much information has been provided at this time although it could be very well possible that Google is working hand in hand with Samsung for this particular lawsuit. It is known that recently, Google has been awarded the patent covering the notification center shade which was first seen in Android. So it is not too far-fetched that Google is simply helping out its partners.

For the longest time now, the Android community has always had this argument that Apple copied the notification center from Android. Being granted the patent for the notification shade, it seems that the time is right for Samsung/Google to make their move. [via iDownloadBlog]

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