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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 Tony Swash on 8/1/2011 5:15:07 PM , Rating: -1
I just thought the survey was interesting.

Lots of people around here love Android because

a) it might stop Apple taking over the world (it won't but it gives people some hope to hang onto)

b) Because Google by giving stuff away free, stuff that in no way impacts their own core business and some which it appears that didn't own in the first place, has convinced a lot of people that they are somehow on the side of openness and freedom.

In reality iOS and Android are just as closed as each other. Android is solely controlled by Google who can choose what to release and to whom and what to withhold (and have done so to pressure OEMs into favouring Google's offerings).

There are lots of companies making Android devices as opposed one making iOS devices but I fail to see how this either is intrinsically more or less open, each model has it's pros an cons from the consumer point of view but I cannot see any great freedom that a consumer gets from using an Android device that they can't get from using an iOS device.

Google do not act as gatekeepers on the Android app stores. But how does this translate into more freedom? As far as I can see the sole result of not policing the Android store in the same the way that the Apple app store is managed is that it allows piracy and malware to exist. Is that free?

And Google's response to malware on Android is interesting - it revealed that Google had built into Android a previously unannounced mechanism that enabled Google to reach out and into millions of people's phones, with out asking their permission, and to delete material, apps and data. That doesn't sound very free or open to me - except open for Google of course.

Too much hypocrisy and dissembling from Google for my liking.

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