Samsung is in a patent battle with a company called K. Mizra LLC, essentially a patent troll. You may have heard that term before, but if you don’t know what it means, a patent troll is a company that collects patents and instead of earning revenue by running a business, it generates money through the aggressive use of lawsuits for its protect patents. In this case, K. Mizra accuses Samsung of infringing on the battery technology of its smartphone.
According to Android Central
, the original technology was created by the Dutch research institute “Netherlands Organization for Top-Level Natural Science Research.” The technology under the patent, according to K. Mizra LLC, is an algorithm used on gadgets such as Samsung Galaxy smartphones to determine how much battery life a device has left.
K Mizra LLC is a patent troll
on K. Mizra’s website
, it reveals that the lawsuit against Samsung was filed on May 20 in the regional court of Düsseldorf in Germany. It states that K. Mizra’s “battery life prediction, as implemented in Samsung devices with younger versions of the Android operating system, conflicts with the German designation of his patent EP 2 174 201 B1.” The company goes on to say that the invention provides an “on-the-fly” prediction of the remaining life of a battery used to power a smartphone.
The algorithm covered by the patent analyzes user behavior. The plaintiffs say that the invention covered by the patent will allow a phone to give a more accurate estimate of the amount of battery life left on the device. K. Mizra says he believes a pre-installed Android-based feature on Samsung Galaxy handsets calculates the remaining battery life using the invention covered by the patent.
The company currently has a lawsuit pending against: T-Mobile, Verizon and Niantic. In the latter case, it is a patent that Niantic uses to enable multi-user play on mobile games. This allows Pokemon Go players to interact with each other in the same AR multiplayer session.
As for the legal battle with Samsung, there may be other Android manufacturers that could end up as defendants in similar lawsuits.