Apple has traditionally shied away from legal action against other companies, an unspoken policy that has become increasingly hard to do as Android-based competitors continue to ape the iOS look and feel. As it turns out, former CEO Steve Jobs personally stepped into the fray in an effort to resolve patent issues with Samsung.
Those ugly patent battles appear to be taking a toll on another front, according to a new report claiming that Apple is shifting its memory purchases away from longtime favorite (and current patent litigation foe) Samsung, who currently holds a 40 percent share of the global DRAM market -- but maybe not for long.
Summer turns to fall this week, but aside from the arrival of football season it is business as usual for the Apple legal team. Samsung is looking to get some points on the courtroom scoreboard fast and has resorted to some trick plays before the inevitable lawsuits kickoff with the next iPhone. Meanwhile, HTC may end up with a fresh set of downs here in the U.S. after an official review by the International Trade Commission.
Join us for another two-minute drill as we review the big events this past week involving Apple and their legal team on the courtroom gridiron.
Nothing livens up an intellectual property dispute like a little sushi and some brazen hyperbole. In this week's Law and Apple, Apple opens up the legal floodgates in Japan, while Samsung strikes back at 'em with some Tolkien-esque banter.
Meanwhile, Google plays patent arms dealer in the escalating war between HTC and Apple, and a small communications company in Arizona might have bit off a little more than it could chew.
It's time for another whirlwind, around-the-world tour of Apple's latest lawsuits, this time with developments occurring on three different continents. In Europe, Samsung and Apple are dueling it out in Germany, and Down Under a judge tells Apple to cough up payment documents to prove Samsung's really a threat. We'll also discuss Apple's latest legal troubles in Asia, where the company sent a threatening letter to a Chinese food company to stop its trademark infringement.
It hasn't been a great week for Samsung in their ongoing legal disputes with Apple. First they get an ominous court ruling that sets a trial date squarely in Apples favor, and then they have to continue to delay how far they want to push things down under.
The waters are still murky with regard to how this dispute will end up, but for this past week anyway, the tides are turning toward Cupertino.
The United States federal court granted "a major win for Apple" by scheduling the trial date much earlier than Samsung wanted.
Sort of like if your favorite sports team got the easiest schedule in the league, or your college classes lined up so you have a five-day weekend every week. Obviously, there is still work to be done, but this ruling could not be expected to go better for Apple.
If Google's purchase of Motorola was driven by a need to acquire more intellectual property, is the big G looking to protect its own innovations or jump on the patent troll wagon? How many patents is too much, anyway? Oh, and is Apple really just ripping-off blockbuster sci-fi movies with the iPad? And what happens when patent lawyers go wild?
Patent piling, space odysseys, and conspiring lawyers... it's another exciting week here at Law & Apple!
A Dutch court just issued a "formally Europe-wide" preliminary injunction, banning the sale of Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Ace smartphones, beginning October 13, at the request of Apple.
Notably, the Galaxy tablets were not included in the injunction. The injunction is based on only one of the infringement claims that Apple raised, regarding swiping gestures between images. Specifically, the injunction relates to the current software version of the Samsung devices listed, but does not cover cover future software releases that address this issue.