Inc. (AAPL) has scored a major
victory in latest round of lawsuits  courtesy
of a ban on Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (SEO:005930)
Australian Android tablet sales.
Inc.'s (GOOG) Android platform is outselling
the iPhone 2 to 1 and is growing at a faster pace than Apple. So
Apple is now trying to stifle its
competitor with lawsuits. It is currently suing all three  of the world's
largest Android handset makers.
This week, Samsung agreed to cease sales and advertising of its Galaxy Tab 10.1
in Australia, pending the outcome of a suit Apple filed against it in
Australian court. The suit is one of many that Apple has filed against
Samsung in international courts.
Like the other suits, in this one Apple contends that Samsung
"slavishly" worked to steal its intellectual property, including its
patented iPad design -- a thin rectangular tablet with a glass screen and black
bezel. Apple also claims Samsung stole its touchscreen technology.
In all 10 of Apple's patents are cited as being infringed.
Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple, says the ban on sales was necessary as
Samsung made "announcements of an imminent launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1
device ongoing since July 20."
So far Samsung has not made similar agreements in the North America, Europe, or
Asia. However, Apple is pursuing a preliminary injunction banning sales
in these regions.
Samsung is countersuing
Apple. The company has one of the world's largest patent portfolios
and holds more U.S. patents than Apple. Thus some legal experts believe
Apple may have picked an intellectual property fight with the wrong company.Apple chief executive and co-founder, Steven P. Jobs has bragged about his mastery of stealing ideas from others, stating [video], "Picasso had a saying - 'Good artists copy, great artists steal.' And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." Mr. Jobs contends Android
handset makers like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola should not be allowed to
"steal" the iPad and iPhone's copyrighted look and designs.
Critics have contended that Apple's patents are so broad that they cover
every smart phone and tablet in existence today, as well as non-mobile devices
like personal computers.
Apple has agreed to pay Samsung unspecified damages for lost sales, if it loses
the case. It is unclear if this agreement would cover lost sales in the
case of a "draw" -- a scenario, which could occur if both companies
win their respective lawsuits, forcing a cross-licensing agreement.
quote: This is done on purpose. I'm not blind. I go to Costco and see the Android devices at the Verizon kiosk, and they try to make them all look like an iPhone.
quote: For example, the previous suggestion to make a "round" tablet is laughable. There are not enough downvotes in the internet to describe how idiotic that idea is.
quote: At any rate, smartphones and tablets had been out for years in very similar form factors before Apple released the iPad or iPhone, as people have pointed out before me.
quote: Who says that the whole screen needs to be touch responsive? If Samdung made the screen go to the edge, it could still allow the user to grab the device. Heck, the user could decide how much of the screen is touch sensitive. That would be better than Apple, and wow, it would actually give the Phandroidboi more to fiddle with, which is what they seem to like. They could make the bezel aluminum instead of black. Gee, do I really need to come up with this stuff?
quote: The bezel is approximately the same size for functional reasons. You can't have a touchscreen, edge-to-edge tablet - how would you hold the device without confusing the touch sensors?In the same vein, you cannot simply halve the width of the bezel; you must design the width of the bezel to account for the size of the average human hand.Apple fanbois seem to lack the intellect to understand that the designs/specs of devices tend to converge because of use and function, not because everyone is copying each other. For example, the previous suggestion to make a "round" tablet is laughable. There are not enough downvotes in the internet to describe how idiotic that idea is.
quote: thin rectangle with black bezel
quote: Microsoft makes about 10 apps for iOS, which integrate with other Microsoft products... (they also make Office for the Mac).
quote: I don't hate Microsoft. I just think their products suck. I used Windows for 20 years as well as did quite a bit of server side programming
quote: Microsoft does not innovate. They acquire. They bought they next generation operating system (which replaced DOS based Win 95 & 98) from Novell. Novell ditched LanManager, which became Wndows NT, and went with Linux...
quote: When Macs got Intel processors, multiple-button mice, and more software titles, it became clear that Windows was a loser product. Now it's a no brainer. Macs run Windows better than any PC.
quote: Macs have tons of native software, even more, with the new app store.
quote: Macs can also run Unix software, both services like Tomcat, and X.11 unix applications like Gimp.
quote: A Mac with half the memory and half the processing power of a Windows PC will perform just as well. OS X apps do not hog resources like Windows. OS X is Unix.
quote: Their Google TV strategy is particularly pathetic, as they are selling people something that works very poorly (even worse than Android phones and tablets) and telling consumers they will provide a much better update this summer... What the F is that? Why not wait until they get something working right, and then sell it? Google is just so awful, expecting people to pay to beta test.
quote: That's what Apple does. Not perfect. I still wait a month or two before installing a new OS X or iOS release, because I am used to Microsoft... so far, this has been unnecessary, as their released products all seem to be of high quality.
quote: If you get a $1000 Mac and a $1000 PC, and install Windows on both, the Mac will perform better.
quote: Even NASA prefers the iPhone, and they even brought one into space, developed an iOS app for it, and used it in experiements. Of course they wouldn't bring some brick-prone Droid device up in space and have to reboot it several times...
quote: MIT built the SPHERE robots to connect with the Nexus S Android-powered smartphone, which makes it the first commercial smartphone certified for use in space certified by NASA. (Note: the recent shuttle mission also carried two iPhone 4 handsets for the crew).
quote: You think the wifi or 4g is gonna work across a few hundred thousand miles of space? Nope. They will do some playing around on the vomit comet.
quote: All laptops aboard the ISS are connected to the station's WLAN via WiFi and are connected to the ground at 3 Mbit/s up and 10 Mbit/s down, comparable to home DSL connection speeds.
quote: Look at all you idiots. Yeah you...the ones with your iPods, iPhones, iCrap of all sorts. YOU are the reason we have to deal with this BS from Apple.F%CKING STOP IT. Stop buying their f%cking piss-poor products at ridiculously elevated prices to try to purchase a personality for yourself.Blame Apple, yes...but take a long look in the mirror, you Mactards. YOU are the reason that this keeps happening.
quote: Apparently, Samsung didn't want to take its chances trying to defend its U.S. product in the Australian court. Instead, Samsung hopes to defend its Australian version. But this does appear pretty weak. If Samsung believed that the U.S. version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn't infringe any of Apple's rights, it would have defended itself as a matter of principle.
quote: YOU are the reason we have to deal with this BS from Apple.
quote: YOU are the reason that this keeps happening
quote: I'm talking to you Samsung, Sony, HTC and anyone else who fancies some fun; it's time to take Apple DOWN!
quote: Steve Jobs is bringing the jobs here, and Samsung is bringing them to Asia...
quote: If it wasn't for Apples Creative Inventions you would not be having fun with Smartphones or Tablets etcs
quote: people like Dirk88 do is make Apple look even more bad