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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: cool
By Helbore on 8/2/2011 8:36:24 AM , Rating: 1
Well it is obvious you haven't bought a PC in a long time if you think this has any truth to it. It almost sounds like you are comparing a bottom-of-the-line Dell Vostro to a Mac Pro and saying "look the Mac has better hardware!" But then you make a real pig's ear of it and claim a $1000 Mac has better hardware in it than a $1000 PC.

It doesn't.

Also, its not just down to the hardware to make Windows run well. It is also the drivers and Apple are notorious for writing crappy Windows drivers. Windows does not run better on a Mac with identical or lesser hardware than a comparable PC. In many cases, it is far worse, thanks to Apple's shoody drivers (which I'm sure they do on purpose, purely to make OSX seem better on the Mac than Windows)

It's funny that you blame poor coding in Windows for its performance problems and say how OSX is more efficient, so needs lower hardware requirements (which still isn't a good explanation as to why a Mac is more expensive when containing cheaper hardware), but you then go on to say that the buggy, problematic OS can run just fine on Apple's lower system requirements, too.

You can't have it both ways. Either Windows runs slower than OSX on lower-end hardware, or Windows can run just as well as OSX on similar hardware.


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