Samsung To Sue Apple Over Notification Center?

By Anu Passary | Dec 24, 2012 10:05 AM EST

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The Samsung vs. Apple legal battles are intensifying, and per reports, this time it's the former who will be taking the Cupertino tech giant to task over a patent dispute concerning the Notification Center.

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According to Korean Web site inews24, Samsung had recently filed the lawsuit in Korea but little information about the litigation is available as of now.

"Samsung Electronics has brought a lawsuit against Apple in a court in South Korea over its "Notification Center" patent infringement," reported Bridgewire, citing inews24 as its source.

It is unclear if Samsung is defending a patent that it owns or an enhancement of an existing patent that was issued before Apple launched its Notification Center.

Recently, Google received a patent in the U.S. for the Android Notification Center. The million dollar question is if Samsung enhanced this patent or bought it from Google, enabling the Korean company to sue Apple.

Apple's Notification Center was launched for iOS 5 in 2011, whereas the feature had already made an appearance earlier on Android devices. The Notification Center shows weather, text, and e-mail notifications all with a simple touch and drag down of the screen. Recently, the feature on iOS 6 and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion got Facebook integration.

There's no official word from either Samsung or Apple about the dispute and we're expecting exact details of the lawsuit to merge in the days to come. Both Samsung and Apple have locked horns in legal tussles in 2012 and judging by the latest news, it seems 2013 will be no different.

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