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Apple got Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 7.7 kicked out of Germany.

Samsung is responding by filing a lawsuit claiming Apple patent infringements with various iPhone and iPad models
Samsung fires back at Apple on two fronts

It's getting hard to keep up with all of the lawsuits and countersuits [1][2][3][4][5][6] these days in the mobile industry. The company with the largest target appears to be Google thanks to patent infringements and market dominance with the Android operating system. Apple, however, has its own favorite whipping boy which just so happens to be Samsung.

Samsung is answering back with a lawsuit of its own France reports AFP. The South Korean company alleges that Apple is infringing on three mobile phone technology patents and that infringing products include the iPhone and the iPad. Specifically, the complaint fixates on the iPhone 3G/3GS/4 and both generations of the iPad. 

The three patents center on UMTS 3G technology that is found in all cellular-capable iPads and iPhones with the exception of original iPhone released in 2007. 

Apple already won a huge battle in Germany, as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and its smaller Galaxy Tab 7.7 sibling) have been kicked to the curb due infringements on Apple's "minimalist design". Presiding Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann of the Dusseldorf, Germany asserted that, "The court is of the opinion that Apple’s minimalistic design isn’t the only technical solution to make a tablet computer, other designs are possible. For the informed customer there remains the predominant overall impression that the device looks [like the Apple iPad]." 

Brueckner-Hofmann went on to add, "The crucial issue was whether the Galaxy tablet looked like the drawings registered as a design right. Also, our case had nothing to do with trademarks or patents for technology."

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Samsung has filed an appeal, but the company hasn't expounded on what grounds it’s basing the appeal on. 

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RE: Go Samsung Go
By Pirks on 9/13/2011 5:34:14 PM , Rating: 0
Apple is in the process of loosing their magic, their cool and that's gonna hurt them in the long run.
The Techie Apple Conundrum (TAC)

The TAC arises often on sites such as Daily Tech because the attraction of Apple products, and hence Apple's huge success as a company, is dependent on features and aspects of product design invisible to almost all Techies. Thus Apples success is mysterious, vexing and ultimately challenging.

Techies for example often focus on feature lists and technical specifications and compare one such list to another and look at comparative prices and cannot understand that someone would pay more for an "inferior" spec.

This of course misses a critical aspect of Apple product design, one of the keys to the success of Apple in the consumer market, which is that for many (perhaps most) consumers having fewer technical features is a positive thing. This seems paradoxical to Techies but this is because they fail to comprehend what the actual experience for the vast majority of consumers of hi-tech products actually is - which is bad.

Consumers constantly encounter products that don't work as advertised, products that squeeze so many functions into an item that using it for its main purposes is dreadfully complex, products that even when their function should be simple (i.e. to play music, to play a DVD, to surf the web, to write emails) require a thick user manual (many of which which are often written by engineers and are thus unhelpful).

Most hi-tec products are user-unfriendly for most consumers. But not to Techies because they have technical knowledge and so can cope with poor/arcane design. In fact Techies like such products because they find technical challenges fun and because it makes them useful (they are always helping people solve their technical problems) and thus boosts their self esteem.

Some kit, almost all non-Apple desktop computers for example, are not just difficult and poorly designed but are positively scary for almost all consumers. Many non-Apple desktop computers seem very complex to operate, go wrong for no clearly understood reasons and worst of all seem to be under constant attack. Watching someone move from a non-Apple desktop computer to a Mac you can often see them slowly losing their awful, and most of the times paralysing, fear of infection and attack. As the fear fades the pleasure of using their computer increases dramatically and people start to love their computers rather than secretly hating them. Thus another mac-head is born.

The emblematic product for TAC is the iPad. Here is a product that comes on instantly, looks and feels gorgeous, feels fast, is easy to operate and does (in a fantastically convenient form factor) most of what most people do most of the time on their computer (ie browse the web, send emails, watch movies, read stuff and look at and share photos). Plus it has two huge benefits for most consumers. First it doesn't feel like a computer - this is a good thing for most people because most people's experience of using computers has been bad. Secondly it feels very safe because of Apple's curated computing model, and most users of computers have previously felt unsafe most of the time.

The very reasons that make the iPad such a huge success are the very reasons that Techies don't get it. If one product above all induces TAC its the iPad. Techies say "but Apple has an iron grip and is killing our freedoms" (people want safety much more than some obscure technical freedom), "the iPad doesn't have [insert any number of features that consumers don't care about]", "its not a real computer" (exactly).

So the continuing, relentless and accelerating success of Apple seems almost inexplicable to most Techies, "how could such products be so successful?"

The answer Techies come up are fairly predictable:

- Apple's voodoo marketing: Apple is pulling the wool over the consumer eyes (sometimes this is blamed on media hype).

- Apple's evil lock in: Apple has a locked down and closed platform, once sucked in people can't leave.

- Apple consumers and users are idiots: Fooled by marketing and glitzy packaging the sheep can be sold everything.

Because Techies believe that these are the real reason people buy Apple products (other than the more obvious reason which is that consumers actually like them a lot) Techies also believe that this state of affairs cannot possibly last and therefore the final piece of the Techie response to Apple falls into place. Deranged by TAC Techies often come up with the most delusional statement of all - Apple is doomed .

(C) Tony Swash

RE: Go Samsung Go
By Subzero0000 on 9/13/2011 9:52:51 PM , Rating: 2
Well said.

RE: Go Samsung Go
By kittypuncher on 9/14/2011 3:05:41 AM , Rating: 2
First, wow... too much time on your hands.
Second, if Apple products do just work so well, and they are what the consumer wants (understanding that the consumer is a larger piece of the market in comparison to "techies"), then explain why Apple's market share of iPhone products are starting to fall in some regions, and flattening in other regions? Apple has always been niche, and they always will be. 2012/2013 will be a repeat of this for the iPad/tablet market.

BTW, the business/corp/enterprise market is by far the largest and most lucrative market; a market that apple does abysmally poor in.

FYI - among my several professional roles, I'm an Apple-into-Enterprise integrator. So I'm not a hater. I just how to call a duck a duck.

RE: Go Samsung Go
By Subzero0000 on 9/14/2011 4:08:03 AM , Rating: 2
why Apple's market share of iPhone products are starting to fall in some regions, and flattening in other regions?

With your "several professional roles" you can't figure this out?

One reason is because the iPhone brand is already 5 years old, whoever wants iPhone had already had one, people don't jump to the next version so rapidly as before. It would not be surprising that people turn to Android for a different experience.
Besides, nowadays there are new Android phone being released every single month, Android has completely saturated the market with low to top tier device.

Who knows why Apple does not do enterprise market. Maybe they want to just concentrate on the things that they are good at.
If you set foot onto enterprise, you will go against MS/IBM/etc directly. The consumer market was their weak spot, that is where you find your money.
quote : "Do not beat the competition - make it irrelevant to your success"

RE: Go Samsung Go
By kittypuncher on 9/14/2011 4:34:34 AM , Rating: 2
quote: why Apple's market share of iPhone products are starting to fall in some regions, and flattening in other regions?
With your "several professional roles" you can't figure this out?

I have figured it out, it was a rhetorical question. A rhetoric in response to the longwinded post above insinuating that Apple is the best, and all consumers want Apple products. Yet the market is speaking, and they're speaking with Android and RIM purchases (this will change as well, and my personal hope is that MSFT becomes a strong contender in the not too distant future).
Point being, Apple as a whole is niche, and is attractive to a certain market/personality type/trait. I'm not a sociology expert nor a psychologist, so I can't elaborate or label, but most people that are willing take a step back from emotions and bias and take a pragmatic look can see some kind of trend, although they may not be able to label said trend.
Therefore, with all that said, you are correct with most of your reply.
But your last statement isn't correct -
The consumer market was their weak spot, that is where you find your money.

Any industry analyst and/or vendor will tell you the mainstream consumer market is not very profitable and quite cutthroat. Hence why I said the lucrative market is the enterprise/corp markets.
Apple does make good products. But they don't make mass acceptance products (again, refuting the long winded statement above). Therefore their products are profitable, but by extension stay niche (e.g., stay with a minimal market share).

RE: Go Samsung Go
By Subzero0000 on 9/14/2011 4:43:20 AM , Rating: 2
A rhetoric in response to the longwinded post above insinuating that Apple is the best, and all consumers want Apple products.

Ok, now I see :)

RE: Go Samsung Go
By Pirks on 9/14/2011 9:26:52 AM , Rating: 2
they don't make mass acceptance products
Is iPod a mass acceptance product or not?

RE: Go Samsung Go
By kittypuncher on 9/15/2011 3:09:06 AM , Rating: 2
Is iPod a mass acceptance product or not?

The exception to the rule, with a medium-term life span. The new i"Devices" do not have a forecast the same success.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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