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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 3:27:38 PM , Rating: -1
Agreed.., I used to hate Apple too. Then I bought a Mac (after being a windows user for 20 years) because java ee engineers were starting to use a lot of the dev tools that are better on a Mac, like the Spring Source Tools Suite. Mac is a Unix environment, so not only is it rock solid, but it is virtually identical to your production environment, especially if you use Tomcat or other open source server solutions...

The first week I hated my Mac, until I accidentally squeezed the mouse and discovered the Expose feature. Really the whole UI is so much better than Windows -- faster and easier. Microsoft knows this, they ripped off the app dock... Beyond the UI, it is rock solid. Boots in 35 seconds, never needs to be rebooted, apart from the occasional update. Never crashes. I had Firefox freeze on me a few times, with some web pages that, ahem, had Flash, but I just waited it and worked.... Flash also ran poorly on my last windows XP system.

From there, I always did the research and kicked tires, but usually the Apple product is better. Even if it is a hobby product like Apple TV, its still very well done.

I can understand the Apple hating. A fair amount of people will always hate the big dog, the leader. Go around the world, and a fair amount of people hate the U.S. It's not easy being the hegemon, but hey, at least they make quality stuff, unlike Microsoft when they were on top...

If Apple becomes another Microsoft (I doubt they will ever be as bad as Google), I will go with whoever makes better products.

Look, I write code for a living. I'm not fooled by widgets or bogus "free market" rhetoric. Uh, free markets are what caused the current global economic crisis...

That flawed thinking is the same philosophy behind the Android market, which has already screwed hundreds of thousands of users with malware...

I just want stuff that works. If I have to pay a little more for something that's better, fine. But not all Apple products are expensive. The iPad costs less than some of these really bad Droid clones. Apple TV is still less expensive (and much better) than Google TV. The iPhone 4 costs a little bit more than the high end Droid smart phones. The iPhone 3GS does not... It is inexpensive and still works quite well, and will get the iOS 5 update... A lot of Droid users are still on old versions of Android... Even Google TV (Logitech Revue) is stuck on 2.1... D'oh!

I also have my music in iTunes (most of it not bought on iTunes, but instead CDs, mostly purchased on Amazon)... I buy my music and software. Sorry, but every Phandroid I know pirates music and uses cracked software. It's par for the course. You think everything should be free, and even if it's not you will take it anyway... At least that's every Phandroid I know...

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Jeffk464 on 8/1/2011 3:42:20 PM , Rating: 3
"I have to pay a little more for something that's better"
Show me a dual core LTE iphone on verizon, how can you say they are better? Apple products are always trailing the competition because of their slow product cycle. Sure they put the hardware in a pretty case but its almost always trailing the competition.

P.S. windows 8 might turn out to be a good tablet OS so this whole argument might be moot.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Dirk88 on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: Apple needs to die.
By scottslc on 8/1/2011 8:20:53 PM , Rating: 3
I'm amazed at how much you put into your reply. Do you have all this time to write because your iphone/ipad/airmac is so much more efficient and windows and android? If only tmobile had the iphone, I could be smart too.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By B3an on 8/1/2011 8:31:42 PM , Rating: 2
..Wow. You're just f**king sad. LOL.

All you're doing is providing lolz for everyone else, as they can see how warped and truly retarded you iSheep are. You're pathetic on a whole new level.

Keep it up.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By wired00 on 8/2/2011 1:00:58 AM , Rating: 2
I AM developer of both android and iOS and you sir are terrible.

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