According to the L.A. Times, the latest spat in a German Court in the patent war between Samsung and Apple is over Samsung’s patented emoticons.
Samsung enjoys ownership of a patent on smartphone use of emoticons, acquiring a patent for ownership over the European rights to this technology in the year 2000.
The emoticons at the centre of the dispute are rather outdated symbols which have been used for a long time by users, consisting mainly of parenthesis and colons; smiley type emoticons.
However the showdown is not just over the emoticons, rather a smartphone feature or method of entering an emoticon on a screen. The patented function enables users to add intricate prefabricated emoticon strings with a single touch.