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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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By Dirk88 on 8/1/2011 4:27:55 PM , Rating: -1
I've heard this point made several times, as a way to enable Google and Microsoft's stealing of ideas, without innovation. Sure, Apple stole notifications from Android, but they made them better. The widgets also make more sense on a pull down display, as they have been in OS X for about a decade (uh, another thing Android stole from Apple).

To get back to your point:

1. The Alto was not a commercial product. It was a bleeding edge machine that was used internally at Xerox PARC only, never sold to customers.

2. Apple actually HIRED the key people who worked on the Alto, at Xerox PARC, to work on the Lisa and Macintosh.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_graphi...

So that's kind of like if Robert Plant and Jimmy Paige play on a Soundgarden record, and people complain that they rip off Led Zepplin...


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
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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


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