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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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RE: Apple needs to die.
By Dirk88 on 8/1/2011 2:27:04 PM , Rating: -1
Wow, Mr. Free Choice Phandroidboi is getting all upset because people want to buy stuff that works... Yes, very well put. I think you're really going to convince people to stop buying apple products, because who doesn't want to be a cool Phandroidboi like you?

Google will choke on their own hype... They are getting a reputation as a company that steals everything from others and delivers poor quality products.

Have fun paying to beta test your Google crap... It's all counterfeit Apple stuff, with some widgets and animated wallpaper glitter on top of the turd...

Android is a loser platform. I can go on and on about all the apps you still don't have. Even my bank only makes an iOS app, and the rest have to use the mobile website... No one gives a crap about Android. EA makes 10 times as many games for iOS, and the ones they make for Android are crap like Scrabble and Monopoly. You don't even have apps... You have CRAPPS! Ha ha ha ha ha!

He'll hath no fury like the Phandroid who signed on for 2 years with a crap smart phone, so he takes out his anger on people who put forth due diligence and selected the better product... the iPhone or iPad.

Why would anyone in their right mind pay $600 for a tablet that doesn't have any apps, is poorly designed, poorly made. Sorry, but crap like the Motorola Xune is an abortion, not a product. The Logitech Revue is an abortion and a bad attempt to copy Apple TV... Just pure crap products...

Everyone is buying the iPad, even if they have to wait... It's worth it. Stick your widgets up your ass, we have hundreds of thousands of quality apps made by top software companies who don't give two shites about Suckdroid...

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...

Phandroids are bitter losers. You already lost. iOS has 200 m users, and Android has fudged a number -- 135m... It's probably more like 80m after you take out the returned devices and reinstalls. In every day life, I see very few Droid devices... Everyone has an iPhone or iPad. Of course, most Phandroids are anti-social shut ins, so they would never see what kind of device people bring out in public... All I see these days are iPhones and iPads. You lost, LOSERS!!!

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Jeffk464 on 8/1/2011 3:19:55 PM , Rating: 2
No, we aren't jealous of iOS we would just like apple to stop trying to take our preferred platform off the market. If I remember right android was the first phone to offer free navigation through google maps, yeah really worthless app.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By AraH on 8/1/2011 4:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
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...

NASA begs to differ.

in case you don't feel like reading, here's the gist of it:
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).

there are 3 sphere robots, hence at least 3 Nexus S's (i assume, no actual numbers)

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Dirk88 on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: Apple needs to die.
By AraH on 8/2/2011 3:11:58 AM , Rating: 1

i guess it could be read both ways (but you'd know how i read it and i know how you'd read it), but it's sure as hell happening sooner or later and that's quite undeniable. in larger quantities. doing cooler things.

and btw:
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.

has a pretty response:
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.

that's actually better than my internet.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Jeffk464 on 8/1/2011 9:39:48 PM , Rating: 2
They probably didn't want to spend the time writing an app only to have Steve Jobs deny it.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Omega215D on 8/2/2011 3:14:03 AM , Rating: 2
They also have plenty of ThinkPads up there running Windows and Linux.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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