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Apple sends its attack dogs after Samsung... again

Apple has been handed a number of losses recently in its lawsuits against Samsung in courts around the world. In late November, Samsung won an appeal overturning a ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1. A German judge in late November then ruled against Apple after Samsung made changes to its Galaxy Tab 10.1 (the new revision was called the 10.1N) to skirt Apple's design infringement claims.
Naturally, those legal setbacks weren’t enough to dissuade Apple from following up with more lawsuits. Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has started up a fresh round of lawsuits against Samsung in Germany's Dusseldorf Regional Court. The first lawsuit takes aim at 10 Samsung smartphone designs. The second lawsuit targets five of Samsung's tablet computers.
Google's Android mobile operating system has increasingly become a thorn in Apple's side as it has grown to dominate the global smartphone market. Samsung in particular is seen as a threat, as analysts expect Samsung to report the sale of 35 million smartphones during Q4 2011 compared to roughly 30 million iPhones for Apple.
Analysts are predicting Samsung's full-year 2012 smartphone sales to reach between 150 and 170 million units.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs started the crusade against Android and vowed to pull out all the stops to steamroll Google's mobile operating system:
I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this.
It now appears that even after Jobs' passing, the fight will continue for the foreseeable future. Most recently, Apple found itself on the losing end when Motorola won a favorable initial judgment saying that it didn't infringe upon three Apple patents.

Source: Bloomberg

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By DigitalFreak on 1/17/2012 10:03:32 AM , Rating: 5
When you can't innovate, litigate.

RE: Figures
By sprockkets on 1/17/2012 10:09:21 AM , Rating: 4
If at first you don't succeed, try again. I'm sure the new Galaxy Nexus must be infringing on some apple patent.

Apple. Sue Different.

RE: Figures
By othercents on 1/17/2012 2:30:05 PM , Rating: 3
I'm sure the new Galaxy Nexus must be infringing on some apple patent.

Probably, but some of these patents are just common sense and should have never made it through as a patent. Other patents were for processes that already existed on previous devices. I see this more of Apple being patent happy then becoming sue happy.

Apple should keep innovating instead of alienating their user base with all this negative news.

RE: Figures
By sprockkets on 1/17/2012 3:13:02 PM , Rating: 2
Should clarify, that was sarcasm on the whole design patent debacle, and if Moto isn't infringing, neither is anyone else.

Suck it apple.

RE: Figures
By sprockkets on 1/17/2012 8:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
Hey guys, this is great! Someone posted it in ars:

But something was bothering Steve Jobs. "Well, circles and ovals are good, but how about drawing rectangles with rounded corners? Can we do that now, too?"

RE: Figures
By Reclaimer77 on 1/17/2012 5:10:18 PM , Rating: 3
Apple hasn't "innovated" since 2007 when they launched the iPhone. Since then every succeeding iPhone has had the same exact form factor and screen with only hardware refreshes, a better camera, etc etc. Oh and Siri, which is totally NOT new or unique.

Folks, that is NOT innovation.

RE: Figures
By JackBurton on 1/17/12, Rating: -1
RE: Figures
By bug77 on 1/17/2012 10:38:16 AM , Rating: 5
Rectangle is not an idea.

RE: Figures
By retrospooty on 1/17/2012 11:01:36 AM , Rating: 4
"It's more like, if you can't innovate, steal the idea and then cry victim"

Surely then you can explain exactly what Apple invented and exactly how Samsung infringed on that patent then, cant you?

Apple's patents are vague and not holding up in any courts. If you want to claim one company copies another, how about how Apple copied the whole , putting an OS and apps on a phone idea from Palm/Handspring? That is acceptable, but Copying vague concepts in Apple patents are not? Come on, get real. All companies copy ideas from others, its normal and always has been and Apple is MORE guilty of it than anyone here.

RE: Figures
By alcalde on 1/17/2012 5:18:01 PM , Rating: 5
That's the way the patent system is supposed to work. You patent a process or a specific implementation of something. If other people find ways to do the same things differently (and hopefully, better) then we have innovation and those people are rewarded as well with their own patents.

What Apple (and others) seem to be doing is getting patents issued on concepts , and many of them also seem to be trivial and obvious as well. There's a difference between getting a patent on a particular engine design and patenting the notion of an engine or the burning of gasoline for power.

Those who lambast Android for things like "you have icons in a grid layout! You STOLE it!" just don't understand the intention of the patent office or capitalism. They also don't understand the important parts of a mobile OS. What makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab a good device aren't slightly rounded corners.

RE: Figures
By anactoraaron on 1/17/2012 4:26:59 PM , Rating: 1
read this and immediately thought of the video of Jobs saying how he steals ideas... you know, the one where he's sitting next to Bill Gates

RE: Figures
By MechanicalTechie on 1/17/2012 6:11:14 PM , Rating: 1
Seriously Jack.. are you that stupid?

RE: Figures
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/17/2012 6:20:25 PM , Rating: 1

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