Samsung has sued Apple in Germany because of emoticons.
Yes, that’s correct, the Suwon, South Korea-based Apple supplier and rival has sued the iPhone maker for patented technology covering an input method for emoticons.
The news comes via Florian Muller of Foss Patents, a well-regarded patents expert who has been covering the Apple and Samsung legal saga since it began in April.
According to Muller in a post on Friday, Samsung filed a two new cases in Mannheim, Germany against Apple.
One of those cases involves patent EP1215867 which governs “technology” of an “emoticon input method for mobile terminal”.
This patent was filed for by Samsung more than a decade ago and has been granted to them.
Lumped with the emoticons patent on one case Samsung filed is patent DE10040386 which is for data to speech technology.
Meanwhile, Muller also noted that Samsung added two new law firms to its stable in its fight agains Apple in Germany: Quinn Emanuel and Kreiger Mes & Graf von der Groeben.