Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

Summary: Apple is demanding a ban of nearly all of Samsung's Android phones and tablets in the EU. If granted Samsung would likely miss the entire holiday shopping season.

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Buried in the big Google/Motorola/HP news this week was news that the mobile space is running along as always. Computerworld Netherlands got a peek at the suit Apple filed against Samsung in the Netherlands and discovered it could do the Android device maker a world of hurt in the EU.

Apple's previous injunction granted in Germany affected only certain Samsung devices, in particular the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. That injunction barred the sale of these devices throughout the EU, but was eventually modified to only restrict sale in Germany due to jurisdictional issues.

This latest suit filed in The Hague has been discovered to cover all Samsung Galaxy products, both smartphones and tablets. Apple is asking for an injunction barring sale of the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Ace phones. Also affected are the entire line of tablets from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Nexus phones are mentioned in the suit as expected to be infringing on Apple's patents, too.

The Dutch court will be ruling on September 15 whether an injunction is warranted or not. The injunction would cover all of the EU, not only barring the sale of the devices mentioned but also demanding that Samsung have all inventory anywhere in the chain of distribution pulled back to the company and off the market. Retailers wouldn't be allowed to continue selling items currently on store shelves, they would be required to pull them and return them to Samsung within 14 days.

The judge in the Dutch court has indicated that no injunction granted would take place before October 13, making the timing of this action very critical for Samsung. The dates indicated for trial and injunction would cover the busy holiday shopping season, and not give Samsung time for appeal to prevent missing most of it.

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  • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

    Just one more reason I won't buy anything Apple ...
    roteague
    • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

      @roteague me too. This is just like saying, we can't compete, so we are going to block you.
      tatiGmail
      • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

        @tatiGmail Or more likely use your own designs and interface, and stop ripping us off.
        Rick_Kl
      • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

        @Rick_Kl these aren't even the same shape so I cannot understand where you are getting that from...

        Oh and the Honeycomb interface is largely unmodified so it isn't even close to iOS.
        slickjim
      • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

        @tatiGmail
        let me get this straight....you are saying Apple can't compete??? lol
        richvball44
      • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

        @tatiGmail
        "We can't compete?" "WE CAN'T COMPETE??!!"
        You're talking about Apple in the tablet market?
        Son, put down your keyboard and step away from the computer before you make a bigger fool of yourself.
        Oliver_Clozoff
      • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

        @tatiGmail - It's not so much that they can't compete, it's that they are afraid of competition! Mostly due to the rate of losing market share. Since Apple bs has started, I've powered down all of my Apple products and boxed them up. They can even have their 5h1t back if I can get them to cover shipping. I'll eat the $3300 I spent, as long as I don't have to deal with such a petty company!
        beavo040
      • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

        @Rick_Kl Apple used a faked image to try to compare the two devices back when they got the initial injunction. They should have hung their head in shame and walked away then. I too am on an Apple ban for life. I will go MS before I ever go Apple.

        Apple is the dirtiest company I have seen so far. I place them a little below IP companies now.
        thoiness
      • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

        @tatiGmail Tom's Hardware article on this issue had the guts to come right out and call it that, and bring up Jobs' infamous "stealing" quote too. :-)
        jgm@...
    • Samsung phones have always "just worked" for me

      @roteague

      Maybe that's the patent issue Apple is having with them - the fact that Apple believes they own the patent on for things "that just work".
      William Farrell
    • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

      @roteague I am totally with you, never had and never will pay for stupid Apple tax ...
      AdnanPirota
    • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

      @roteague same here. they sicken me, and I'm someone with iMacs, MB Air, and iPhone.
      Cintra2
      • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

        @Cintra2 : Glad I bought an Android! Next thing I know, Apple will have a problem with the way I use my fork and knife!
        Lord_of_the_Singhs
    • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

      @roteague <br>I just wonder how much apple will pay the this EU court to only look at their(apple's) doctored images and not the real thing
      rparker009
      • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

        @rparker009 ................... Yes. Follow the money. Some EU judges are shopping for villas in the Bahamas right now.
        notme403@...
    • If Sharp had followed Apple's practices,

      there would be only one manufacturer of flat screen displays, and a 19-inch one would still cost $25,000.
      kingkong88@...
    • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

      @roteague Completely concur, the all mighty Apple will never have a single device in my home with their better than thou attitude.
      max.bennett@...
    • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

      @roteague +1 for that
      docesam
  • RE: Apple seeking injunction against most Samsung Android phones and tablets

    @Rick_KI yes lets apple have the copyright to the rectangle. But just ignore the at least 20 works of previous art and falsified evidence. They dont care if it works or not...they just want to try to prevent samsung from making any headway into the market.
    darkskuld
    • This has nothing to do with 'rectangle'

      @darkskuld:

      <b>No one</b> patented capacitive multi-touch tablet device before Apple.

      And <b>no one</b> patented design of a tablet as completely flat surface before Apple.

      <b>All other designs had shaped borders</b>, including Samsung's own tablets prior Galaxy (and iPad).

      So Apple's products are patented all in and out on many levels. From outer form to multi-touch GUI gestures and behaviour.
      DDERSSS