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The Galaxy Tab 10.1 (right) is currently banned from sales in Australia, pending the result of Apple's lawsuit against Samsung. No reports of the iPad being banned have arrived yet.  (Source: Daily Mobile)

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has proudly admitted to "stealing" ideas from competitors, but argues that Android "steals" from his company's ideas and shouldn't be allowed to, legally.  (Source: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Company will repay Samsung for lost revenue if it loses the case

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has scored a major victory in latest round of lawsuits [1][2] courtesy of a ban on Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (SEO:005930) Australian Android tablet sales.  

Google 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 [1][2][3] 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. 

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Biased article, ignores Googles litigious side...
By Dirk88 on 8/1/2011 2:07:42 PM , Rating: -1
This is a very biased article. For one thing, Android is not outselling iOS. That is only true if you don't want to believe what Larry Page has said in terms of number of activations (135 million). Yes, I know Gartner claims Android is the dominant smart phone, but that was sales in a few quarters of 2010 only in the United States. Please Google "OS Market Share" or simply listen to your Google hero Larry Page, who at least admits activation numbers (which some have said are inflated because they include re-installs, which are numerous with the Android platform).

Now, these activation numbers also don't include returns, and Android smart phones are returned twice as often as iPhones. So, iOS, including the iPad (uh, this article is about tablets right?) has over 200m users, and Android has 135m. I don't think you have to be a math whiz to realize that, indeed, iOS is mopping the floor with Android. Yes, before the Verizon iPhone and iPad 2, Android had a few quarters, in the U.S. only, where they outsold the iPhone. This was smart phones only... Didn't include the iPad. So let's finally put this lie to rest. I know, Andy Rubin has been lying for some time, claiming that Android has 500,000 activations per day. Given what Larry has said about activations, between the I/O conference and the 2nd Q 2010 conference call, they don't even have 100,000 activations per day. So those are he facts, straight from the horse's mouth...

As far as lawsuits, of course Google can't sue Apple. They ripped off most off the iPhone and called it Android. The ones who steal the ideas typically can't sue the other company. Even Microsoft's new Dilbert ad campaign for windows phone 7 makes fun of how Google ripped off Apple's iPhone. Everyone knows it. If you look at the history of Android, it was a Blackberry rip off until the iPhone came out... Only die hard Phandroidbois will drink the koolade and claim that the iPhone is a rip off of Android. Apple did copy some of the way notifications work from Android, but made it even better... So it is an improvement, not a direct copy. If you look at the way Android phones are displayed, they are made to look just like an iPhone -- except for a few HTC models, they don't show widgets on the home screen and are made to look like iPhone clones, because that's what people want. Android is an ersatz iPhone...

Now Google does actually sue others. They sued Froogles because Google had a beta shopping site called Froogle which is now called Google Shopping. Google sued the U.S. government because they went with Microsoft Exchange for their email service (like pretty much all organizations) instead of gmail... Yes, wouldn't "do no evil" Google just love to have all of the government's emails stored on their servers... Now what happens when the emails disappear, like they did for several thousand users a few months ago? It is entirely reasonable for the U.S. Government to use Exchange and have the email servers in their data center... And who pays for the damages awarded to Google? The American tax payer! That's me. Given the debt problems we have now, it is particularly evil to sue the government... They are really suing us, because tax payer pay for the lawyers and damages/settlement.

I think you Phandroidbois have been drinking a bit too much of the Google koolade. They do plenty of bad things, mainly having people pay to beta test their buggy products. All software has bugs, but Google releases some really bad crap, like Google TV, half of which are returned. Twice as many Android devices are returned as iPhones. Selling people crap is not good business. Android sales are leveling off and declining. People are starting to find out it's junk...

As for patents on screens with bezels, I bet if you go into the details, you will find the patent is much more specific. The person who wrote this article is an obvious Google shill, so this is all about rallying the Phandroids, and feeding them lies and out of context quotes. Just thought I would let you know some of the nice Google lawsuits. The Froogles one is particularly bad, because it's not even the name Google used. Froogles is plural, not singular like Froogle. But yes, Phandroidbois love to point out how Apple is suing Amazon over the name "App Store". I think it's fair, given they have "App Store" icons all over the place in iOS and OS X. Why don't you invent a beverage and sell it as "coca cola" and see what happens...

By Jeffk464 on 8/1/2011 3:30:13 PM , Rating: 2
So why don't we go back to Xerox PARC, they came up with the first GUI so lets say they are the only one to come up with new GUI OS's. :) Everything else has pretty much been a rip off of that.

By cjohnson2136 on 8/1/2011 4:32:31 PM , Rating: 2
How much do you and Tony make from Apple to go to tech websites and saying everything good about Apple while completely trashing Microsoft and Google. Apple is not the end all be all, neither is Microsoft and neither is Google. There is no reason to so obviously bias to one company.

RE: Biased article, ignores Googles litigious side...
By B3an on 8/1/2011 8:42:59 PM , Rating: 2
People like Dirk88 are doing us all a favour. Obviously no one is going to be fooled by there ridiculous and clearly bias fanboy comments. Most people are just going to feel sorry for someone like Dirk, just look at how much he's wrote on this article instead of doing something more useless. He must literally have no life.

All that people like Dirk88 do is make Apple look even more bad. We should thank them...

So thankyou Dirk88.

By Pirks on 8/2/2011 4:33:29 PM , Rating: 1
people like Dirk88 do is make Apple look even more bad
Only for geeks who read DT, and these won't go anywhere near Apple store anyway. People who buy Apple stuff don't give a fuck about Dirk and his ilk. Gotta deal with that dude :P

By B3an on 8/1/2011 8:38:17 PM , Rating: 1
From your comments it's obvious you develop sh*t apps for iOS and are simply scared about Android doing SO much better.

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