Several Samsung Galaxy phones, as well as the Galaxy Tab and LG Electronics Android-running Ally phone, have been named in a patent infringement suit by Vertical Computer Systems.
LG Electronics and Samsung are the latest smartphone makers to be
pulled into a lawsuit prompted by the uber-successful Google Android
The handset makers were named as defendants in a Nov. 15 suit filed
by Vertical Computer Systems in a U.S. District Court in Texas. The
suit accuses LG and Samsung of infringing on two patents related to a
"system and method for generating Web sites in an arbitrary object
framework." Devices named as specifically infringing are the LG Ally
and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Captivate, Galaxy Fascinate, Galaxy
Epic, Galaxy Mesmerize and the "i500 touch-screen cell phone."
(The Samsung handsets are similar devices in the Galaxy S line.
AT&T offers the Captivate; Verizon the Fascinate; Sprint the Epic
and U.S. Celluar the Mesmerize. The i500 is a
Also named in the suit is software producer Interwoven, which
Vertical alleges "willfully" infringed on one of the same patents as LG
and Samsung. Additionally, in a meeting between Vertical and Interwoven
in 2009, states the suit, "Interwoven intentionally concealed its
infringement of the ... patent."
Vertical has had success in past infringement charges - that in 2008,
Microsoft settled with Vertical, paying it $1.5 million. The suit was
related to one of the same patents it's now saying LG and Samsung are
As Android has grown to become the second-largest mobile operating
system in just two years, makers of handsets running the OS have
increasingly been pulled into legal debates. Apple has sued HTC, maker
of the Droid Incredible and Evo 4G, alleging that it's infringing on 20
patents related to the iPhone's interface, architecture and hardware.
The iPhone maker has also sued Motorola, maker of the Droid, Droid X
and Droid 2, among other devices, for the alleged infringement of six
patents related to how users access mobile handsets.
Oracle is also suing Google
the creator of Android, for patent and copyright infringement over
Google's use of Java in Android. Additionally, digital security company
Gemalto has sued Google, as well as Motorola, HTC and Samsung.
Vertical is requesting that LG, Samsung and Interwomen be made to
account for and pay to Veritcal "all damages to and costs incurred by
Vertical" and that they be permanently discouraged from similar
activity going forward.