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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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Time to make Apple crumble!
By BugblatterIII on 8/1/2011 2:33:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'm talking to you Samsung, Sony, HTC and anyone else who fancies some fun; it's time to take Apple DOWN!

Between you guys you have enough patents that Apple will have to work out how to sell a phone with no buttons, no screen, no battery and that can't actually make calls.

Well ok, they've already managed the last one, but let's set them a real challenge!




RE: Time to make Apple crumble!
By scottslc on 8/1/2011 2:36:44 PM , Rating: 2
They managed that last one if you hold the phone correctly...


RE: Time to make Apple crumble!
By Tony Swash on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: Time to make Apple crumble!
By BugblatterIII on 8/1/2011 5:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
"Let's try to be a bit grown up shall we?". Wow, patronise much? Why don't you try making reasoned arguments and leave the petty insults to the kids?

You are a kid? Oh ok then, carry on. Good luck with the whole maturation thing.

Companies are being reactive and counter-suing when Apple sues them. They need to take the game into Apple's half of the pitch.

A concerted effort is difficult because collusion is anti-competitive; however if they each individually go on the attck then Apple will soon be left cowering in a corner.


RE: Time to make Apple crumble!
By Tony Swash on 8/1/2011 6:31:09 PM , Rating: 1
But no matter how many companies file lawsuits against Apple, it won't be able to change anything about Apple's objectives. Apple optimizes for product differentiation, not patent licensing revenues, which is why those who characterise Apple as a patent troll are misunderstanding what is happening. Apple settled with Nokia because Nokia was so pathetic it couldn't copy itself. What is freaking the other companies out is that Apple doesn't want to cross lisence, it wants to stop people from copying its stuff. And that is really scary for lots of companies because, let's face it, if they can't copy Apple they will be in big trouble. 


By BugblatterIII on 8/1/2011 6:52:37 PM , Rating: 2
Apple wants to stop them trading; big difference.

These are basically nuisance suits; Apple would do this even if they had zero chance of winning.

As for who's copying whom, that argument's been done to death and I'm not going to bother repeating it.


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