Apple vs Samsung: new round in global patent war kicks off in Australia

July 23, 2012
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I know what you’re thinking – another patent trial between Samsung and Apple, who cares? Well, as the recent HTC One X/EVO 4G LTE Customs hold up and the ban on the Galaxy Nexus (lifted, for now) show, we are all pretty much exposed to the effects of the patent wars. Until something is done about it, we need to pay attention.

The latest trial between arch-frenemies Apple and Samsung has begun today in Australia. Apple is claiming that the Koreans are infringing its patents on touchscreen technology in the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung has countersued, alleging that Apple’s products unlawfully use their patented wireless transmission technology. Both claims are being examined in one case, in a trial that is likely to extend to 2014. According to an analyst quoted by Reuters, regardless of the results of this trial, an appeal is almost guaranteed.

The trial does not have a direct influence over the legal actions that the two technology giants have brought against each other in other jurisdictions. Currently, Apple and Samsung are embroiled in a global war, with patent cases pending in 10 countries, including major markets such as the US, UK, Germany or Australia. But a victory could be used by either side to persuade courts in other countries, and to exert psychological pressure over the rivals.

My hope is that the Australian court will issue a similar ruling with that in the UK case. Last week, it was revealed that Apple will have to publicly acknowledge that Samsung did not steal the design of the iPad on the Galaxy Tab series. Aussies, would you like that?

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