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Samsung's Lee Younghee  (Source: The Korean Herald)
Android manufacturer promises to be more aggressive, bring more suits to end Apples "free ride"

Lee Young-hee, head of global marketing for mobile communications at Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO 005930), in an interview with the Associated Press Friday blasted rival Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  She complains, "We've been quite respectful and also passive in a way.  However, we shouldn't be ... anymore.  We believe Apple is free riding [on Samsung's patented technology]."

The remarks echo the claims of her rival.  Apple's South Korea spokesperson retaliates, "It is no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."

Ms. Lee adds, "We'll be pursuing our rights for this in a more aggressive way from now on."

That could spell trouble for Apple in local courts like Japan and South Korea.  Samsung is currently working to ban Apple's best-selling iPad 2 and the company's soon-to-be-release iPhone 5.  The moves come as a matter of self-defense [1][2][3][4][5].  In Germany, Europe's third largest tablet market, Samsung's best-selling Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet was banned after a judge granted Apple a court-enforced monopoly on minimalist tablet designs.

Apple and Samsung are number one and two, respectively, in phone sales by manufacturer.  Currently 23 lawsuits have been filed between the companies, in ten different countries.  

Samsung's infringement claims against Apple stem largely from its deep portfolio of wireless communications patents.  Much like Apple, Samsung is essentially inferring that Apple must broadly alter its product from what the market seemingly demands to bring it out of infringement.

Much as Apple says Samsung cannot make a minimalist tablet, Samsung says Apple cannot make a tablet with wireless communications onboard.

Apple is very upset about this claim as many of the patents involved are filed under the "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory" (F/RAND) principle.  F/RAND applies to patents developed as part of industry standards.  It states that companies must pay you fair licensing fees for the patent, but you must express willingness to license the IP.

Samsung also has Android OS-maker Google Inc.'s (GOOG) growing patent library backing it, should it need the help.  States Ms. Lee, "We still have a very good relationship. We are working very closely with Google."

Google recently grew its IP catalog by acquiring Motorola Mobility and purchasing 1,000 patents from International Business Machines, Inc. (IBM).


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RE: Screw Apple
By robinthakur on 9/26/2011 6:38:33 AM , Rating: 2
Au contraire, their outer design is everything. Pc people have been going on for ages that they cannot understand why punters purchase Macbooks when their innards are basically PC's. This is because they are themselves far remove from being typical consumers in the target demographics. The point is that the brand and the look and feel (beyond the exclusive OSX, natch) is what is selling these products, with the technical specs being a distant 2nd or 3rd. Therefore, if you copy the design, including nice packaging etc. and sell the product at a price which undercuts Apple, you are onto a winner, because everybody wants something for nothing. Several manufacturers are realising this like Asus, Samsung, HTC, Dell etc. in the laptop markets, there are lots of knock off Macbook Airs coming out.

When you ask what is so good about the design of the iPhone, to the consumer the answer is "Apple designed it" and when they as Samsung did, rip-off the iPhone 3GS's design for the Galaxy S phones, they basically admitted this. Yes, it might not actually be the best design, this is purely subjective, but as in Fashion where trends start out on the Catwalks and then filter down to places like Primark eventually, having something which is the industry leader (As Apple unquestionably is, when it comes to design) nearly guarantees that it will be copied. Apple should therefore give up the litigation, because imitation is really the sincerest form of flattery, and boost Apple's sales.

Douchebaggery has little to do with your choice of phone, other than budgetary concerns. Poor Douchebags buy Galaxy 2's, richer Douchebags buy iPhones and the richest ones buy Vertus.


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