Apple Puts Android on Hot Seat

Posted on Apr 8 2014 - 1:44pm by Huzoor Bux

Apple examined details of Google’s Android code in testimony Monday as half of its patent infringement case against Samsung. Attorneys for both sides debated how a lot of of the supply code running on Samsung’s handsets would be brought into evidence for review by the jury.

A Samsung attorney objected to Apple’s request to bring all the supply code on the accused Samsung phones into proof, saying if printed out it would fill the courtroom with lots of thousands of pages. The 2 sides are expected to limit evidence to code that skilled witnesses cite.

Apple Puts Android on Hot Seat

The software includes a mix of proprietary code — some written by Samsung and some by Google — along with some open-supply code. Although some of the code comes from Google or open-supply authors, all of it appeared in the Samsung handsets.

Only the jury will be allowed to determine the proprietary code, some of that even Apple’s attorneys have not been allowed to view.

In testimony Monday, 2 laptop science specialists testified that a range of concerning 10 Samsung smartphones or tablets infringed 3 Apple patents. The Apple US patents reviewed included:

  • No. 5,946,647 on data detectors, a method for analyzing text to identify telephone numbers and email and physical addresses
  • No. 6,847,959 on a universal search feature
  • No. 7,761,414 on synchronizing data updates

Google is not being sued for patent infringement in the case. However Apple’s lawyers asked consultants to walk through the main points of their findings about how completely different versions of Android code — including Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean releases — infringed Apple patents.

As an example, Apple showed a September 17, 2007, email from one Google Android manager pertaining to software just like Apple’s knowledge detectors. “One of the foremost powerful features is that the interaction of text objects,” the Android manager said, explaining the value of automatically finding a phone range, for instance, and automatically observing a dialer or calendar application.

“I think it had been an invention approach before its time [as a result of] it is very inconvenient with a cellphone to copy and paste text,” said Todd C. Mowry, a Carnegie Mellon professor who testified as an knowledgeable for Apple.

Apple paid Mowry concerning $350,000 for his work over nearly 2 years on the case. It paid another expert concerning $200,000.

Apple put on the stand a software engineer responsible for information detectors in Apple’s mobile operating system. Thomas Deniau joined Apple as an intern in 2009 and has worked on iOS since version 4.0.

The court reporter had to stop the extraordinary, neatly groomed Frenchman several times as a result of she could not perceive his rapid-fireplace, heavily accented English. The data detectors software consists of “tens of thousands of lines of code… it’s terribly complicated to accurately determine so many information structures in thus many totally different languages — we tend to support concerning 20 languages,” he said.

Below cross examination by a Samsung attorney, Deniau admitted Apple faraway from a mobile version of its Safari browser detection of street addresses and alternative functions to enhance the app’s loading time by 2 or 3%. However Deniau said he helped improve 20-fold the speed of recognizing phonephone numbers within the browser.