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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: Abusing the patent system
By Mudhen6 on 8/1/2011 9:03:47 PM , Rating: 3
Looks like you don't know wtf you're talking about.

Who says that the whole screen needs to be touch responsive? If Samdung made the screen go to the edge, it could still allow the user to grab the device. Heck, the user could decide how much of the screen is touch sensitive. That would be better than Apple, and wow, it would actually give the Phandroidboi more to fiddle with, which is what they seem to like. They could make the bezel aluminum instead of black. Gee, do I really need to come up with this stuff?

Firstly, its not a matter of "creativity," but function. It doesn't matter how stupidly you can misspell "Samdung."

Secondly, websites are designed to be viewed on rectangular screens, with the elements of the user interface (e.g. the Address Bar, Search, Back, Forward, Reload, etc.) placed either on the top or bottom borders of the screen. Implementing "dead zones" on an edge-to-edge tablet screen to functionally replace the bezel will not work because the browser UI elements will either fall within the dead zone or they'd be free-floating an inch from the tablet's border (meaning that users will have to scroll around these elements anyway, defeating edge-to-edge).

The point is, it's absolutely retarded that Apple's patent for the iPad (a rectangular-shaped thing with a 1-in black bezel) is actually being enforced.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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