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Apple Sues Samsung in Japan over iPad and iPhone Patents


Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

For those keeping up with the back and forth lawsuits between Samsung and Apple, Reuters reports that Apple has now filed suit against Samsung in Japan over patent violations related to the iPad and iPhone.
California-based Apple is seeking the suspension of sales of Samsung's handsets in Japan, as well as 100 million yen ($1.3 million) in damages, Kyodo added, citing sources familiar with the matter.
Samsung had previously filed a lawsuit against Apple in several countries including Japan. This latest news is just another step in the legal escalation.

Apple recently won a preliminary injunction against the sale and promotion of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Germany.

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Posted: 40 months ago

The more and more this happens, the more and more I feel that Apple's "new" phone (whenever it releases this year will look like a type of "samsung" phone


Well. yeah.

If Samsung is copying an Apple design then surely anything Apple now produce will look like Samsung stuff.
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Posted: 40 months ago


Apple recently won (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/09/06/apple-samsung-dispute-galaxy-tab-7-7-pulled-in-germany-ipad-sales-disclosure-in-australia/) a preliminary injunction against the sale and promotion of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Germany.


Erm, a preliminary injunction in Germany is granted without hearing the defendant or checking the application beyond just having a probability of success. So Apple won nothing and in case of failing in the main hearing they may well face pretty steep compensations for damages.
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Posted: 40 months ago



Is the Galaxy that much of a threat?

Or is this a warning shot for every tablet maker out there?


the samsung galaxy s2 is probably doing too well for them overseas. but who can blame the customer if they take over 1,5 years to even announce a new iPhone
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Posted: 40 months ago



Is the Galaxy that much of a threat?

Or is this a warning shot for every tablet maker out there?


It doesn't have to be _much_ of a threat. If 100,000 people buy a Samsung tablet instead of an iPad, that is maybe $60 million in revenue and $20 million in profit lost for Apple. I wouldn't call it a threat to Apple, but worth suing over.

And there are plenty of tablets for sale that do _not_ look anything like iPads. And if you go to a store selling TVs from multiple manufacturers, you can easily spot which ones are made by Samsung - they can make quite nice stuff when they don't think they have to copy the market leader, and their TVs _do_ look quite different from others.


Apple v. eMachines

eMachines lost because their computer looked very much like the design patents that Apple had for the iMac. eMachines had design patents themselves for all-on-one computers. They got these design patents before Apple showed the iMac. Accordingly they looked very much different from the iMac. And eMachines own product also looked nothing like their own design patents (which was just as well, because the computer in their design patents always reminded me of a teddy bear with big ears).
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Posted: 40 months ago

I'm so over this! The whole world knows that apple did the pad (successfully) first. Let's move on and innovate with the iPad3 or iPhone5.

This tit for tat is just detracting from Apple's brand image now.


No it isn't. The average consumer barely notices this, nor do they care. They aren't exactly clamouring for iPad alternatives, either.
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Posted: 40 months ago



Listen peeps. Everyone moaning about apple suing. Apple have to sue or they lose any claims to their patents.
The courts will rule and that will be that.
These big companies will lie, spy, copy and cheat to succeed in this world and because of that we have these rather pesky patents and court actions.

Let's sit back and see what happens. I think apple will win some and lose some, but if they don't take legal action then they lose all by default.


I don't think anyone is complaining about Apple suing. Just really bored of it being headline news every 30 seconds.

Just saying.
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Posted: 40 months ago
How can you copy natural looking aesthetics?

I mean rectangle with button in the middle is hardly a patent is it?

Apple you have nothing here....just keep making a better product and dont look back.....
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Posted: 40 months ago
the only thing in MacRumors now is iPhone 5 rumours and apple vs. sangsung rumours
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Posted: 40 months ago

How can you copy natural looking aesthetics?

I mean rectangle with button in the middle is hardly a patent is it?

Apple you have nothing here....just keep making a better product and dont look back.....


Because Apple's designs are typically very simple and minimalist, they're much more prone to similar designs appearing on the market. IMO, it SHOULD be much harder to protect/patent a simple, basic design like the iPad's (or Samsung Tab's or Samsung picture frame's) than a more quirky, stylised design.
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Posted: 40 months ago

I'm so over this! The whole world knows that apple did the pad (successfully) first. Let's move on and innovate with the iPad3 or iPhone5.

This tit for tat is just detracting from Apple's brand image now.


Outside of tech blogs? I don't think many people know about this or care.

Anyway, isn't this basically the same lawsuit just being filed in different countries? Not like it's anything "new".
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