Samsung "out-apps" Apple?
The Thomson Reuters report finds, as you might expect, a surge of innovation, patents filed and litigation at Apple since the iPhone was introduced in 2007. Thomson Reuters said that Apple filed 1,200 patent applications since then, and there are 479 lawsuits in which Apple is involved in one way or another, worldwide.
Though not in the report, Thomson Reuters has also done research on the smartphone-related patents held by Samsung, Apple’s main adversary in court and leading competitor in the marketplace. Samsung has filed about 4,000 patents, far more than Apple.
The key findings of the Thomson Reuters report are stated to be:
Top Technology Areas: Apple filed 416 smartphone-related patents since the launch of the iPhone in 2007. Another 279 have been filed for mobile camera patents; 232 were filed for user interface technologies; 149 have been filed for image display; and 88 were filed for battery/power control. Antenna (75), calendar (31), contact management (15), and voice control (5) technology were also among the patents within Apple's portfolio.
Patents to Watch: Among Apple's mobile-related patents, individual technologies that stand out as key indicators of what future smartphone design may hold include a fuel cell system that will allow a portable device to stay charged for days or weeks, and an educational content display feature that allows users to interact with text to see images of what the word(s) mean.
Litigation - Behind the Scenes of the Patent Wars: To provide insight into the ongoing smartphone "patent wars," the report tracks all active IP litigation between 2008 and 2012, noting a rapid rise in Apple's recent IP litigation. By June 2012, the company had already filed nearly as many patent suits as it did in 2010 and 2011 combined.