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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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By VitalyTheUnknown on 4/19/2011 9:20:51 PM , Rating: 3
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Apple is suing Samsung for allegedly ripping off the look and feel of its iPhone and iPad.

Here's the problem: it's not clear that anyone has ever won a "look and feel" lawsuit. (The legal term is "trade dress.")

Nor should they. Fast-following and imitating is a big part of what makes free markets work. It helps competition and helps bring innovations to consumers faster.

So what's the deal?

It's the same reason why Microsoft is suing makers of Android phones: to give Android a price.

Android is free. In some cases, it's even cheaper than free, with Google sharing some revenue from Google searches on Android phones with partners. This is hugely disruptive to both Microsoft and Apple's business models; Microsoft because they make money on software licenses, and Apple on hardware. And this disruptive approach is winning: Android is surging past iOS in marketshare.

A lawsuit from a big company, even if doomed, still takes a lot of time, energy and money to fight off. So a Samsung or someone else might settle, accepting to pay some form of license. If that happens, Apple can go around the other manufacturers asking for the same license and have a much stronger claim. And now OEMs have to factor that cost into the decision to choose Android. And all of a sudden, Android has a price.

(Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry - businessinsider.com)


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