Apple files new lawsuit, seeks new ban against Samsung in Germany

Apple files new lawsuit, seeks new ban against Samsung in Germany

Summary: 'Those two' are at it again. Apple strikes Samsung with another lawsuit, while Samsung keeps batting them away with its industrial-sized legal baseball bat.

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Another day, another lawsuit. If you thought these suits were going to slow down and peter out, you're not in for much luck.

The two smartphone giants are once again at loggerheads after Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung in Germany last week. Apple is seeking the ban on a number of Samsung's smartphones in Germany.

The suit claims that ten Samsung smartphones violate Apple's design patents. A separate suit claims that five of Samsung's tablets also violate patents, including the Galaxy S II.

But only last month, the Dusseldorf court said it is unlikely to grant Apple an injunction against Samsung's revised Galaxy Tab 10.1N, which was changed to stand out from the iPad for which Apple claimed it had remarkable design similarities.

Apple had previously attempted to seek a ban on Samsung's tablet product range. Last month, Apple believed that Samsung violated at least ten of its patents. Samsung struck back at Apple by alleging four of its own patents were infringed, including one involving a smiley face emoticon.

Both Samsung and Apple have been at each other's necks since April last year, when Apple brought its first patent infringement case against the Korean smartphone and tablet giant. Despite a series of injunctions and sales bans, Samsung still expects record profits.

The tit-for-tat legal bickering is not expected to die down any time soon. The patent war between the two companies has spread to over 30 cases in 10 jurisdictions, including Australia, Europe, and the U.S.

While Samsung remains on the most part the defendant in most cases, the company is hardly complaining. Apple's attempt to block the sale of its products invariably made the Galaxy Tab a "household name".

A Samsung spokesperson acknowledged the lawsuits, but declined to comment.

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  • RE: Apple files new lawsuit, seeks new ban against Samsung in Germany

    Seriously: I'm surprised that Samsung isn't running ads touting the Galaxy Tab as "An Andrioid tablet so good, that Apple doesn't want you to be able to buy it."
    dsf3g
    • RE: Apple files new lawsuit, seeks new ban against Samsung in Germany

      @dsf3g

      That's Good. If I were in Samsung's marketing dept, I'd steal it.
      Badgered
      • "steal it"... Now that's FUNNY:)

        @Badgered

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • RE: Apple files new lawsuit, seeks new ban against Samsung in Germany

        @James Quinn

        at least someone caught it. I hate to waste a joke.

        Though honestly, with Apple's near unofficial monopoly on the tablet space, who's seriously going to buy a Samsung when they intended to buy an iPad?
        Badgered
    • RE: Apple files new lawsuit, seeks new ban against Samsung in Germany

      @dsf3g

      Samsung did use that marketing angle in Australia after a ban was lifted.
      kenosha77a
  • RE: Apple files new lawsuit, seeks new ban against Samsung in Germany

    Round and round we go.
    Droid.Incredible
    • RE: Apple files new lawsuit, seeks new ban against Samsung in Germany

      @Droid.Incredible
      The community has has reached it's tolerance limit and apple must drop this lawsuit of face serious consequences!
      The Linux Geek
      • Yawn....zzzzzzz.

        @The Linux Geek

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • If by serious consequences you mean another lame troll post from you

        then yeah, consider them "slapped down". Now go upstairs and see what your mom's making for dinner.
        Johnny Vegas
  • RE: Apple files new lawsuit, seeks new ban against Samsung in Germany

    Apple is losing the technology edge even Steve Wozniak who founded Apple along with Steve says so. Eventually even the judges will start disrespecting Apple for its silly lawsuits.
    Apple better start putting more emphasis on technology rather than the legal battles or its days are numbered just like Sun Micro-systems. Sun decided to fight MS legally instead of by technology and it destroyed the company.
    mktpostal@...
    • Lets see, IN the past few years we have iPod, iPhone and iPad.

      @mktpostal@... Yeah no tech there to speak of....Sheeeeezzzzzz.

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
      • Yes, the iPod, iPhone, iPad

        @James Quinn
        Three iterations of basically the same product, the same concept.

        Would that be any different then Microsoft generating their revenue from Windows on the PC, Windows on the Server, and Windows on the phone?

        Three instences of basically the same product.
        :|
        Tim Cook
    • HAHAHAHA... oh wait where is SUN now? Where is Scott McNeally?

      Add how many record revenue numbers has MS put up since then? Please SUN come back and destroy me that bad.
      Johnny Vegas
  • Crossing the line

    [i]Samsung struck back at Apple by alleging four of its own patents were infringed, including one involving a smiley face emoticon.[/i]

    I mean really, an emoticon. And a smiley face at that. This is when you know things have gone too far, by clearly exceeding any vestiges of fair game.

    How dare Apple.
    klumper
  • RE: Apple files new lawsuit, seeks new ban against Samsung in Germany

    Home all the Linux fanatics aren't all over this story? Oh wait it isn't some SJVN FUD piece against Microsoft so they don't care.

    ScorpioBlue come out and play...
    hopp64
    • And what are we supposed to say?

      @hopp64 <br>It certainly doesn't make me want to run out and buy an iPad either. Do you want me to lie and say that punishing vendors in the marketplace (or even criticizing them) for abusing the legal system is a crime against Free Enterprise because everybody does it (or would if they could)? Or maybe just say that we're all being horribly unfair to Poor Innocent Persecuted Microsoft and that we should ignore its 25 year history of market manipulation?
      John L. Ries
  • Classic when you can't compete on merit, litigate!

    Even Applelites are fatigued from overdosing on the RDF.

    Cry Wolf only goes so far...

    [i]~~~~~~~~~~
    Live out your imagination, not your history.
    ~ Stephen Covey, author of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

    No legacy is so rich as honesty.
    ~ William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

    As I get older, I've learned to listen to people rather than accuse them of thing.
    ~ Po Bronson, 1964-present

    If the facts are on your side, pound the facts. If the law is on your side, pound the law. If neither is on your side, pound the table.[/i]
    {Old lawyer saying}
    WinTard
  • RE: Apple files new lawsuit, seeks new ban against Samsung in Germany

    Wow. I would never have considered a samsung but now i'm going to take a second look. Seriously, thanks for the heads up Apple.
    Merrr
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    Editing here is a $$#%^#%%!
    Patanjali
  • Samsung generally doesn't war over patents

    We would never have heard about any of Samsungs patents if Apple hadn't started this war. I don't think Samsung really gives a #@*t about emoticons, but it is a backhanded joke about what Apple patents. - like saying "if you want to joke, let's get serious (sic)".

    I think Samsung are more pragmatic when it comes to patents, many of which would have come out of the course of their R&D, just like IBM, HP, MS and many of the old school tech companies - practical solutions to practical problems. They are just generated as part of the process, but unless another company is causing real damage to Samsung's sales by using them, it is really a compliment. Perhaps that is how we should be treating patents.

    The patent cross-licensing deal with MS probably recognises that they both have plenty of things they could fight over, but lets just write it off as expenses and get on with business, which is worth far more lucrative.

    Apple has only a couple of handfuls of very successful consumer products, which has given it a good bank account, but which exposes it to significant risk if consumer whims take the market in another direction. While their product sales are still expanding, they are not at the rates others, like Samsung, are. This leaves them two choices: innovate or cut off their competitors' feet. But they have been cutting back on their R&D in recent years.

    Samsung, with its diverified portfolio of successful consumer products, has many more feet than Apple, and so can afford to fight back, even against Apple's treasure chest, because it has one of it's own and an R&D budget to match, which makes it more likely to have more successful products in future.

    Apple may have just bitten off more than it can handle by picking on Samsung. It is a very big gamble.
    Patanjali