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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: 38 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.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 38 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
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 38 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.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 38 months ago
We get it...Apple is run by complete morons.

Now, lets save the lengthly debate on what the definition of patent troll is before LTD joins in:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_troll

By the standard definition NOBODY who produces a product using that patent is a patent troll. That doesn't mean they aren't Patent Jerks though ;)
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 38 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.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 38 months ago
Urg... Please! Make them stop!

Look, I do feel that Apple have a right to defend their patents. Every time I look at these products; i.e. the iPod, iPhone, the iPad, I see products that have shaped the world that we live in dramatically. I do feel that setting up systems to run exactly like the apple product is.. well, the cheap way out.

But then again, every other piece of technology on the market has been the same. Everyone has essentially tried to rip off and replicate something else that has been successful.

Long term, I can't see this being a good thing for Apple. If they start losing, they're going to find themselves swamped by cheap clones.

I do hope that this is more about leverage while negotiating licences, than anything else.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 38 months ago
$1.3million? Doesn't seem like a lot.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 38 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).
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 38 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
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 38 months ago
And the war continues..
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