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Samsung claims that Apple is violating its wireless technology patents

We reported yesterday that Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung in which it claimed that the South Korean company has copied elements of its hardware and software design. The prime offender appears to be the Samsung Galaxy S which does seem to "borrow" some exterior design and UI elements from Apple's iPhone 3GS.

Today, however, Samsung is making it clear that it doesn't intend to go down without a fight. Samsung -- a company which actually provides semiconductor chips and display panels for Apple's mobile products -- didn't actually refute Apple "copycat" claims in a statement to Yonhap News Agency, but did note that "We have no choice but respond strongly this time."

Instead of directly countering Apple's claims, Samsung made a few claims of its own with the revelation that Apple is infringing on its wireless patents. 

"Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property," Samsung continued in a statement. 

Apple may have drawn first blood in this battle between two tech giants, but we're certain that the two players will come to some sort of mutual agreement before a real bloodbath starts. After all, Apple was Samsung's second largest customer last year with over $5.68B in purchases.



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RE: On Analysis: Apple's Claims Fairly Strong?
By phantom505 on 4/19/2011 6:37:12 PM , Rating: 4
Wow, that's what they are trying to do? So pathetic. I won't be hard for Samsung to beat this. I can't believe anyone things there is anything to this, specially someone that bothered to go out and look for an article about it. It'll eventually get settled out of court via threats of endless litigation, which is the way Apple prefers to win anyhow.

A half baked lawyer fresh out of school could get those patents killed for obviousness. Just have to show icons are not unique, and neither are push buttons on electronics.


By ltcommanderdata on 4/19/2011 6:59:05 PM , Rating: 2
I think the logic behind this is the holistic sense. Yes, a few similar icons or some similar curves in the housing aren't going to convince people that substantial infringement took place, negatively affecting Apple. However, by putting together more than a dozen claims with associated patents, trademarks, and trade dress they are showing that these little things are adding up to make something distinctive in an iPhone that is being cloned. If I remember correctly, when the Galaxy S phones were first released many reviews specifically noted how similar the TouchWiz interface looks to iOS. So the similarity argument is there to necessitate a lawsuit. Whether its actually infringement is the question.

In any case, Apple suing Samsung is actually a good thing if you believe that Apple's patents shouldn't stand since litigation is the way to invalidate their patents. Rather than Apple silently holding on to them as submarine patents which we don't know the validity of casting a pale over the industry like the issue that is always raised against WebM.


By RamarC on 4/19/2011 8:24:41 PM , Rating: 2
every flatscreen tv mfg can get sued by everyone else if this carries. if not for the logo, could you really tell the difference between any of them? a big 16x9 screen surrounded by a glossy black bezel with recessed power, vol +/-, ch +/-, input buttons.

microsoft's office xml suit will be the bellweather on tech patents and for once we need to support M$.


RE: On Analysis: Apple's Claims Fairly Strong?
By jconan on 4/19/2011 9:26:55 PM , Rating: 5
Apple's ios isn't that unique and neither is it's case. It mimiced palm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LifeDrive and the ui is more a less a grid of icons. How unique is the ios?


RE: On Analysis: Apple's Claims Fairly Strong?
By RW on 4/20/2011 12:54:07 AM , Rating: 2
Since Apple is using Samsung technology from displays to chips, they infringe on every Samsung patent related to those products, since the technology on Apple's products is not theirs but Samsung technology so are the patents.

So how could Apple even dare to speak on this one, maybe because they are an abomination that must be erased from the face of earth.


By ltcommanderdata on 4/20/2011 1:28:31 AM , Rating: 2
Em. Apple's not infringing on components bought from Samsung for the iPhone because they paid for them. What's more they have long-term contracts and licenses for them. And there have been reports that Apple is actually paying Samsung to build factories to make them.

Besides that for many technologies Apple has direct design license from the source like ARM for the CPU and ImgTec for the GPU. And some of the patents used by Samsung in their processors now actually belongs to Apple since Apple bought Intrinsity which contributed to the Samsung's Hummingbird SoC for example.


By UnWeave on 4/20/2011 10:07:32 AM , Rating: 2
The system is flawed, but it's not so flawed that you can patent something, sell it to someone to use in their products, and then sue them for using the thing you just sold them. That would be insane.


By gamerk2 on 4/20/2011 8:50:52 AM , Rating: 1
Agreed; the IOS is a rip-off of Palm, so this is how it works:

Microsoft is being played by Samsung
Apple is being played by Apple
Xerox is being played by HP [Palm]

Again, Apple V Microsoft still stands; mearly having a simmilar look and feel is not by itself enough to win this lawsuit.


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