Originally Posted by whatever71
if the below is correct then this really is a minor lawsuit, only affects one situation:
The smiley input method patent would affect only those of Apple's German customers who use Asian on-screen keyboards. The problem with Asian character sets is that smileys can't be entered with only a couple of keystrokes such as ":-)" but consist of several symbols, each of which requires multiple keystrokes. So it's more convenient to enter a special smiley input mode and select them from a list of on-screen choices.
So are there more asian language iPhone users in Germany or are there more Galaxy Tab 7.7 buyers in Germany?
Not that it matters, the fact that Samsung is using it to seek an injunction against Apple is enough according to the Justices of the High Court of England and Wales.
My MacBook has these, it's a "mobile device".
See (or not depending on the platform you are using}:-
Of course Apple uses a completely different method, but that didn't stop Samsung from accusing Apple of copying them.