Apple’s new antenna design may stir another patent war

At the Apple media event held in Cupertino last week, Apple announced their next generation iPhone – the iPhone 4S. When this handset was announced, it came as a surprise to most people that the design of the smartphone was similar to its predecessor, the iPhone 4. But the iPhone 4S, though similar in looks features some pretty incredible internal features, most notably the new antenna design. Apple faced a lot of flak last year for their antenna wherein the handset had to be held a particular way so that a call would not drop. Apple has taken this design flaw into consideration and redesigned the antenna where the iPhone 4S now features a dual antenna that runs along both sides of the handset. With this design implementation, the antennas can automatically switch between each other for the best possible cellular reception. Apple, at the event claimed that this is a first for a smartphone. However, Professor Gert Frølund Pedersen; a professor at Aalborg University's Institute for Electronic Systems in Denmark has disagreed with Apple’s claim about their innovative design.

iPhone 4S antenna may not be 'innovative' afterall

iPhone 4S antenna may not be 'innovative' afterall


According to a report, Professor Pedersen and his associates have apparently sold patents to Samsung some years ago which feature this new innovative technology from Apple. He firmly disagrees with Apple claiming that this technology is innovative. He states, “When Apple says that it is new, it's not true. It has been in use for very long. For example in the DECT cordless phones. Both in their bases and in the DECT- phones themselves.” The website had contacted Samsung for a statement regarding this new patent infringement, but the company had declined to comment on the matter.

Apart from this new possible patent infringement, Samsung have already tried to stop the sale of the iPhone 4S in Italy and France with respect to other patents. For the full lowdown on the patent war between Apple and Samsung, hit the link here.

Published Date: Oct 10, 2011 09:48 am | Updated Date: Oct 10, 2011 09:48 am