Remember how Apple lost its Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction quest in the UK earlier this year? In short, a UK judge found that the Samsung Android tablet is “not as cool” as the iPad – it’s still a win – and therefore the device was not banned from selling in the region.
The UK court of appeals has deemed Apple’s grudging acknowledgment statement that Samsung did not copy the iPad with the Galaxy Tab line is “non-compliant” and the company must rewrite it.
Google-owned Motorola Mobility is about to embark on two trials over its standard-essential patents (SEPs). It’s up against Microsoft in Seattle and faces Apple in Madison. Apparently there may be overlaps between the two trials and some of the pretrial rulings don’t look great for Motorola.
Apple has published a statement on its UK website acknowledging that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad as commanded by a UK judge. Unsurprisingly it’s not very gracious.
We’ve had plenty of twists and turns in the Apple vs Samsung patent war over the last few months, but things have gotten crazier than ever these past couple of weeks. Sammy seemed capable to rise from its ashes despite a long string of painful defeats, but just when we were ready to celebrate a couple of meaningful wins for our Android kings, Apple hit back.
It’s funny how quickly can things turn around in such a “take no prisoners” kind of war as the legal one between Apple and Samsung. Just a couple of months back, Sammy looked badly wounded, having been dealt a huge blow by a California jury that found the Korean-based company in infringement of a number of Apple patents.
After an avalanche of bad news for Samsung in its legal brawl against Apple, the sun seems to be finally rising for the Android king. A key patent used by Apple to prove Sammy’s infringement and copying in several Android devices has been invalidated by the USPTO, making Samsung’s defense following the August California jury verdict a lot easier than expected.
Much to the general dismay and frustration of regular tech users, Samsung and Apple are not only carrying on with their legal feud, but seem to have again hit the throttle after a somewhat quiet couple of weeks.
Samsung might get the chance to publicly shame Apple a bit after an unorthodox court ruling in the UK, but the longstanding patent war between the two still has Tim Cook’s tech giant in the lead. Sammy’s appeal over the $1 billion worth California verdict is still pending, but before hearing how that key battle will end, we’ve just got news of two much smaller battles lost by the Galaxy makers.
The Apple vs Samsung conflict continues today with an episode from Europe, the UK to be more precise. Some of you may recall that Samsung obtain a rather awkward win in a patent case in the country, as judge said the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was not as “cool” as the iPad, and therefore it did not infringe Apple’s design.