Apple takes aim at the whole of Android in Samsung case

Apple says the whole of Android is using its patents without permission.

Apple has stepped things up a gear in its case against Samsung, and accused the whole of Android of using its patents without permission.

Apple first showed the 67-page document to Samsung back in August 2010, The Verge reports. And now we can all have a look. It lists numerous Apple patents it thinks Samsung and Android as a whole are using without asking. If Apple pursues it, could we see it bring a case against Google as well?

"Apple has identified dozens of examples where Android is using or encouraging others to use Apple patented technology," the document says. The following bullet point says: "Apple has not authorised the use of any of these patents." Uh oh.

The document doesn't actually make any patent claims (you can read it for yourselves here). But it's pretty clear how Apple feels on the matter, with the iPhone 4 pictured next to the Samsung Galaxy S , saying similarities include appearance, app design and packaging. The section is titled "Samsung Copying iPhone", so it doesn't get much clearer than that.

Apple also levies the copying charge at Symbian and Bada in the document, saying, "Symbian and Bada also using Apple patents". Well while we're at it, eh.

The document was made to convince Samsung to pay Apple licensing fees to keep making its phones the way it does.

Another document (this one a 94-page monster) shows that Samsung spent quite a while trying to make its handsets resemble the iPhone, with many 'suggested improvements' that sound suspiciously similar to Apple's features. Samsung notes the iPhone's "bouncing visual effect" on its web browser, and suggests that it "provide a fun visual effect when dragging a web page". Of course it's down to the jury as to how similar these features are.

Steve Jobs famously called Android a 'stolen product'  -- was he right? Let me know what you think below or on Facebook.

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