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.
Those who are keeping track of the legal tussle between Samsung and Apple will not get their climactic ending just yet, as the International Trade Commission, the agency who has a say in stopping devices from being sold in the U.S. in the event of patent infringement, has once again postponed the result of its investigation.
The Apple vs Samsung patent wars roll on as Apple is appealing an August 31 decision in Samsung’s favor in the Tokyo District Court.
A U.S. Court of Appeals has now overturned an injunction on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. According to the reversal ruling, Lucy Koh and the district court in California had abused its discretion when they granted the injunction in the first place.
Android users know that “slide-to-unlock” stands for two things in the smart mobile world we live in, a software utility made popular by Apple to unlock the display of the iPhone and then used by various Android device makers for the same purpose on their phones and a patented weapon in court for Apple to go after the same competitors.
In case you weren’t paying any attention to the mobile wars, these are not fought only stores, but also in courts where the main players in the game are suing and countersuing each other on various patent-related claims.