We knew the rivalry between Samsung and Apple was bad, but it's sometimes surprising to see just how deep it goes. As a part of the latest patent trial between the two juggernaut tech companies, internal Samsung documents dating from 2011 have emerged (via Re/code) that show that the Korean company considered beating Apple its top priority in 2012.
The long-running legal battle between Samsung and Apple over patents has sometimes been seen as a battle between two countries, with the United States in one corner and South Korea in the other, each looking out for the interests of their own companies. But as MacRumors reports (via Reuters), a South Korean judge toppled that perception by dismissing a lawsuit put forth by Samsung arguing that Apple had infringed on three of its patents.
Apple won big recently in its long running patent trial against Samsung, but now there's some concern that it's rubbing salt into the wounds. On top of the $930 million that Samsung is already expected to pay Apple, MacRumors reports that Apple is also asking the judge to stipulate that the Korean tech manufacturer must pay $16 million to partially pay for Apple's legal fees.
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The Patent Wars are now over two years old. From the beginning, there have been rumors and hopes that settlements would be reached that would prevent the diversion of product development funds to cover massive legal bills. More often than not, though, rumors have been quashed by the Next Big Lawsuit. Is all of that finally about to change?
Another day, another lawsuit against Apple -- only this time, it's not over patents or even the devices it makes, but rather Chinese animation content being sold in iTunes without a license from the company who owns it.
Oh, Apple, you devious little scamps! The cool kids in Cupertino have complied with a July court order in the U.K. acknowledging that Samsung didn't infringe on the iPad design with the Galaxy Tab -- but added a playful little twist at the end.
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As a jury weighs the fate of Apple v. Samsung here in the U.S., a South Korean court has already come to a decision in a separate case, ruling that the companies have both infringed on each other's patents, with several older products now banned for sale there.