Another dizzying week for the Apple legal team. First they see an adversary's competitive product wiped from the entire continent of Europe (mostly), only to see the it rise again in every European country (mostly). What caused the teutonic change of heart in the Düsseldorf regional court? Perhaps some altered images that Apple submitted as evidence?
As the European battle rages on, a new front was opened in the United States, with Apple's longtime nemesis launching a massive salvo of lawsuits. The wish list of compensation being claimed includes barring the sale, manufacture and import of nearly every Apple product in the United States. And, the lawyers were good enough to request a jury trial. Wheeeee!
On Monday, we reported that Apple had successfully put the hammer down on Samsung’s plans to launch the Android Honeycomb-powered Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia. Just a day later, Samsung is striking back and plans to release the tablet in the land down under anyway.
As their intellectual property war rages against Samsung, Apple can claim another victory. Kind of. Samsung has agreed to stop advertising the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, and to refrain from selling the device until it wins court approval or a deal is reached with Apple.
Apple agreed to pay damages to Samsung for lost sales in Australia should they lose the lawsuit, though clearly this scenario seems less and less likely to the Cupertino legal team.
If you had $30 billion a year and a 10 percent market share at stake, you would fiercely defend your patents, too. That is what is on the table for Apple in their spread of lawsuits against manufacturers of Android phones. Analysts believe Apple will be successful in their legal battles, and that while Apple has "more to lose," the potential payoff to Cupertino will be huge.
The stakes are high, and Apple seems prepared to go the distance.
According to a report from The Korea Times, Apple began testing a new iPad screen manufactured by LG, as well as with longtime frenemy Samsung. The screen, reportedly capable of supporting quad extended graphics (QXGA) with a monster screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, would certainly continue to differentiate the iPad from its would-be competitors. But that Samsung is also a part of the deal makes us scratch our heads just a little, especially because the two are in major competitors.
According to a new report, Apple may be looking to remove the “friend” portion of their “frenemy” relationship with Samsung, as Taiwan’s TSMC has begin trial manufacturing for the company’s next-generation A6 mobile chips. But will Cupertino choose to completely turn their back on Samsung?
Earlier this year Apple moved past Sony to become Samsung's biggest customer. However, the relationship status moved to "it's complicated" when Apple began a series of accusations and lawsuits against Samsung for allegedly copying the iPhone and iPad. Now it appears Apple has started seeing other people, and is actively sourcing a new manufacturer to produce the A6 processor beginning in 2012.