Apple is litigating intellectual property disputes around the world and fortunately, several rulings have already been in its favor. In the pursuit of victory, however, sometimes the dogs of legal war go too far. In this week's Law & Apple, we are reminded that often there is only one way to deal with a bully.
As the major infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung in the United States begins to narrow its focus, Samsung begins maneuvering to block the sale of the iPhone 4S overseas. And HTC, which in May asked the International Trade Commission to ban the importation of the Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad in the United States, gets an answer -- though likely not the one they were hoping for. All of this and more in today's Law and Apple.
The Apple Patent Wars seem to be fizzling a bit, especially now that the Australian Federal Court that has sided with Cupertino. This will prove a devastating blow to Samsung, as the ruling will most likely eliminate the Galaxy 10.1 from Australia forever.
And not only are the Galaxy's dreams dashed Down Under, but the ruling will also bolster Apple's position in the remaining lawsuits against Samsung around the world. This is a huge development that puts the leverage and momentum squarely in Cupertino's court.
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.
China has granted Apple forty design patents, mostly covering the iPhone, but also touching on other iOS devices, MacBooks, and even the Shanghai Apple Store.
Considering the recent coverage of alleged counterfeit rings selling Apple products, including several dozen fake Apple stores staffed by fake Apple employees wearing fake Apple clothes, there doesn't appear to be any reason for Cupertino to go small in protecting intellectual property in China.
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.