Apple Expands Patent Claims Against Samsung in Australia
February 3, 2012 9:54 AM
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Apple went from having a patent bid that involved three patents to one that had widened to 278 claims consisting of 22 patents and 10 products
Just when Samsung seems to have a bit of luck in Australia with the ongoing patent war, Apple comes along and throws more patent claims on the table.
According to Samsung, Apple recently expanded its patent claims against the South Korean company's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. In fact, Apple went from having a patent bid that involved three patents to one that had widened to 278 claims consisting of 22 patents and 10 products.
The Samsung products Apple is going after now, in addition to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, are a variety of smartphones and the Galaxy Tab 7, which hasn't even been released in Australia yet.
Samsung said that Apple only gave it "days" notice that the patent claims had expanded. Samsung told the court it would need until May 18 to file its defense, and asked that the hearing over the iPhone 4S be split into two parts starting in late February. Apple, however, said it would need until September to prepare its evidence.
Apple and Samsung have been battling via patent suits for almost a year now. In April 2011, Apple claimed Samsung was an
"iPhone, iPad copycat"
with its Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, and Nexus smartphones along with the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
From there on out, Apple worked to get Samsung's smartphones and tablets banned around the world. Samsung flung a few lawsuits back itself, such as
the 3G lawsuit against Apple in France
. However, that didn't stop Apple from successfully banning the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in both
Samsung made a comeback in December 2011, though, when a panel of three Sydney, Australia High Court judges agreed to dismiss Apple's application for special leave to appeal the Federal Court's repeal of the Galaxy Tab 10.1's sales ban. This finally put the
Galaxy Tab 10.1 on store shelves in Australia
Despite this victory for Samsung, the company can't get a break from Apple. Just this month, Samsung
lost a 3G patent case
against Apple in Germany and the EU nailed Samsung with a
over the 3G patent.
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Begun the patent war has...
2/3/2012 10:15:29 AM
But in all seriousness, patent trolling is a desperate indication that Apple is now playing catch up to the industry. We already have 1080p 10" tablets with quad core chips. Android 4.0 is ridiculously polished and finally brought true hardware acceleration, especially to browsers. Apple may have barely beaten Samsung last year but lets not forget about HTC, Motorola and LG.
RE: Begun the patent war has...
2/3/2012 10:45:45 AM
I feel its more of a move for Apple to flex their new found "muscles" rather than a catch up move. While their hardware may be inferior they still remain the cool kid on the block. Keeping your competitors down is just another way one can stay on top. However, it's still childish.
RE: Begun the patent war has...
2/5/2012 4:36:33 AM
Actually their hardware on both the phone and tablet front is still far superior overall than any competitor has released since.
The iPhone 4S graphics are more than 2x faster than any Android phone right now, and the iPad has similarly industry leading graphics.
Since iOS is too, hardware accelerated, this means their overall performance is and 'feels' much faster.
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