Sometimes people joke that political science degrees won’t lead to lucrative careers. However, somewhere there sits a small group of Apple employees who may be primed to write a really big check because someone didn’t stay very current on world events. Meanwhile, things just got real down under as Apple unloads on Samsung in Australia.
Who owns the name iPad in China? Well, which China do you mean? How many patents can you jam into one lawsuit, anyway? Cue the dun dun and let's sit down to another week of Law & Apple, Pacific island style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite becoming Samsung's biggest client earlier this year, Apple has decided it was time call out their favorite semiconductor manufacturer by filing a lawsuit today in South Korea. The relationship devolved from cozy bedfellows to awkward and creepy after Apple claimed Samsung's Galaxy line "slavishly" copied the iPhone and iPad.
You may recall that Apple’s copycat suit against Samsung took an interesting turn recently when the accused requested to see Cupertino’s forthcoming products, including the unannounced iPhone 5 and iPad 3. That won’t be happening, since the judge claims that Samsung isn’t entitled to see them.
The tablet wars are heating up, but Apple may have already won. It’s a jungle out there, but with three-quarters of the worldwide tablet market captured, the iPad rules as the 800-pound gorilla.
Not that its competitors aren’t trying. And not that the iPad 2 has superior hardware. It doesn’t. Take display tech, for example. At 132 pixels per inch, the iPad 2’s touchscreen is less detailed than those of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, RIM BlackBerry PlayBook (both 170ppi), and Motorola Xoom (150ppi).
This week we got our hands on the hugely impressive Samsung Galaxy S2 and the eagerly awaited BlackBerry PlayBook. We also spent some time looking through the lens of the good-looking Leica X1 and tested more Sandy Bridge chips from Intel. Read on for the most popular reviews on TechRadar this week.
In a move that surprised virtually no one in the tech community, Korean electronics giant Samsung has lobbed a countersuit right back at Apple, claiming Cupertino has infringed on 10 of their own patents involving power reduction, 3G technology and wireless data communication.