More than 50: that’s the number of lawsuits the two tech giants—Apple and Samsung—have filed against each other across the globe over intellectual property, and the two can’t bridge their differences as the latest court-mediated round-table talk failures show. Additionally, Apple has stepped forward and obtained a European ban of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 while failing to obtain it for the 10.1 model, while in a San Francisco lawsuit the company seeks $2.5 billion in damages from the South Korean manufacturer.
A Düsseldorf Appeals Court found the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 infringes Apple design patents and accordingly has ruled the device ban should apply to the old continent. This, however, can create some confusion in UK, where the court found the 10.1-inch model infringes Apple IP and the 7.7-inch model to be completely original. Samsung immediately issued a statement stating:
“We welcomes the court’s ruling which confirms our position that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N doesn’t infringe Apple’s IP and does not infringe laws against unfair competition.”
With the imminent launch of the iPad Mini (rumored to come in September), it looks like the ban of Samsung’s popular 7.7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab is more important than the 10.1-inch model. Does Apple prepare the launch of the iPad Mini by clearing the market of 7-inch tablets? If this is the case, we bet on there being more patent infringement lawsuits coming soon.
Since Apple and Samsung started carrying fierce legal battles on multiple fronts—the Australian IP infringement lawsuit kicked off yesterday—one of the most important cases seems to be one that is going to trial in California. The two parties have had two round-table discussions—initiated and supervised by the court—but both of them ended with no positive output as both giants are steadfast in their beliefs. We believe both of them are right: one after the other.
Apple presented its case today which shows it’s clear about its standpoint: Samsung increased its cash pile by ripping off Apple’s innovation without paying a cent for it, or without spending money on workarounds. This caused Apple to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, as Samsung’s products violate Apple’s IP. The Cupertino company claims it is entitled “to over $25 million in reasonable royalty damages on the proportionately-small set of remaining sales for which it cannot obtain an award of Samsung’s profits or Apple’s own lost profits, for a combined total of $2.525 billion.”
The main difference between Apple and Samsung’s IP infringement filings is that Apple lists non-standard essential patents, while Samsung’s claim lists two SEPs and three non-SEPs. In the end it all goes back to what makes an iPhone an iPhone and an iPad an iPad. Apple stands to protect its innovations, as Tim Cook earlier emphasized: Apple doesn’t want to be the developer for the world. The company has decided to make the necessary moves to regain market share and this lawsuit (among the other 49+) is one of the steps needed to cool Samsung’s ascension. [Via Foss Patents]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback