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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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I wonder if anyone else noticed
By captainBOB on 8/1/2011 2:53:26 PM , Rating: 1
How awfully similar some of Samsung's phone and tablet designs look to an iPhone and iPad.

Its close enough that I know people who would confuse a galaxy for an iPhone, and the UI design of the OS doesn't help either, it practically screams iOS.

Apple's beef with Samsung (and other handset makers) seem to be that they are making successful products by closely imitating the designs of the iPhone/iPad, riding off the success of the iPhone/iPad 's design. Regardless of superior tech specs, those handsets would not have sold as well as they did if they didn't look similar to an iPhone.

Unlike the all the iPod lookalikes from back in the day however, the iPhone/iPad lookalikes are actually posing a threat to Apple. Hence the mass sueage (lol).

Whether they are right to deal with the issue by suing all the handset makers I can't say, but they do have a reason to be annoyed at all the cheap iPhone/iPad knockoffs stealing their shine.

RE: I wonder if anyone else noticed
By scottslc on 8/1/2011 3:17:14 PM , Rating: 2
"Its close enough that I know people who would confuse a galaxy for an iPhone, and the UI design of the OS doesn't help either, it practically screams iOS."

Here's today's intelligence quiz. Lets compare the number of hopeful iphone buyers who got home and (damn, I bought a galaxy by mistake when i meant to buy an iphone because they look so similar) to hopeful galaxy buyers who got home and packaged an iphone because (darn they look so similar.) Since it's apple that's crying, I'm going to assume that apple iphone buyers just aren't smart enough to read the box, let alone walk into the right store. I also love how the iphone ui is looking more and more like the android ui. see:

The list goes on...

RE: I wonder if anyone else noticed
By captainBOB on 8/1/11, Rating: 0
By weskurtz0081 on 8/1/2011 5:56:20 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't seen any Samsung Galaxy phones going for less than the equivalent iPhone, so how could people substitute them based on price?

RE: I wonder if anyone else noticed
By scottslc on 8/1/2011 8:10:33 PM , Rating: 1
I don't question your intelligence because it makes me look smarter, I question it because of your response. the Razr wasn't even a smart phone silly boy. If you had the smarts to have a tablet or phone that had flash, you would know how nice it is. But you don't. Hence, I question your intelligence...

By captainBOB on 8/1/2011 11:12:35 PM , Rating: 2
Hence why I said "phone" not "smartphone" in that sentence. The Razr was the phone to have back in the time before the smartphone exploded into market, even though the only thing that made it different was that it was thin.

All of my mobile devices with flash (my notebook) have click2flash, because it is just a waste of CPU time and battery life in most cases beyond youtube and my banking site. Having flash on something like a phone is and has been a bad idea from the start, on my phone I didn't miss flash at all, guess I never needed it.

To each his own though, i'm sure you have found more uses for it.

By kmmatney on 8/2/2011 12:43:48 AM , Rating: 2
The first thing I noticed about the Galaxy was that the OS was laid out similar to an iPhone, and different to a stock Android phone. I think that's a good thing, as the stock Android UI makes no sense to me, but it something you notice right away.

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