Apple is again attempting to block the sale of the hot-selling Samsung Galaxy S4 through legal means. It filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California which will rule on Apple's request on June 25.
In the lawsuit, Apple claims that Google's Android Google Now service breached five inventions patented by the Cupertino-based tech giant that Apple used for its Siri voice search. These are patents 8,086,604 it filed in 2004, 6,847,959 filed in 2000, 7,761,414 filed in 2007, 5,666,502 filed in 1995 and 5,946,647.
The five patents are titled Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system, Asynchronous data sycnchronization amongst devices, Graphical user interface using historical lists with field classes and System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.
Daily Tech noted that the patents were filed at least four years before Siri was released. Apple maintained that three of the initial patents cover interaction with ambiguous data construct that can be applied to Siri and Google Now.
Apple also said that Samsung's S4 "practices many of the same claims already asserted by Apple," to explain the inclusion of the popular flagship device of its rival.
Apple's second attempt is not surprising since the South Korean giant continues to get a large slice of the smartphone pie, with the S4 selling 10 million units in just four weeks, according to Samsung co-CEO JK Shin.
Across all other handsets, Samsung is expected to sell a record-high 390 million smartphones for the whole of 2013.
Apple, on the other hand, has been suffering from weaker sales, plummeting stock value and is now being questioned for tax avoidance.