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.
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.
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.
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 there's one thing that's certain in life, it's that there's usually never anything certain. However, one thing that's usually about close to being certain, is once Apple starts to run supplies short, something new is on the way. If supplies of Snow Leopard availability in New Zealand and Australia are any indication, then we could see Lion soon.
After a successful pilot program last summer, Qantas Airways' low-cost airlines brand Jetstar will be offering iPad rentals for in-flight entertainment, in case flying for hours over Australia's beautiful countryside isn't beautiful enough. The iPads will come preloaded with "movies, music, magazines, books and games," according to the Australian Business Traveller, and will cost AUD$10 for the flight.