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.
Dutch court rules in Samsung’s favor after another Apple patent attack, trouble in Cupertino paradise?
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.
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.
In 2011 Google and Apple both spent more money on patents than they did on research and development. The result is stifling innovation instead of encouraging it and, as usual, we, the consumers, have to suffer the consequences in terms of higher prices and limited features.
Motorola scores minor win against Microsoft in German patent war, Microsoft still has the upper hand
Despite not being in the headlines as much as the Apple-Samsung legal brawl, the patent fight between Motorola and Microsoft has been very eventful lately. In fact, if we wouldn’t want to keep our objective perspective on all these legal accusations and trials, we might say that the Moto-Microsoft conflict has got a little out of hand.
Samsung has added Apple’s iPhone 5 to its current patent-infringement lawsuit which it has brought against the iPhone maker in the federal court in San Jose, California. According to Samsung, the iPhone 5 infringes two standards patents and six features patents.
The two companies, who are the first and second biggest smartphone makers in the world, are currently locked in a global legal battle with each one saying it is protecting its intellectual property, designs and innovations. Lawsuits, injunctions and product bans are being filed and requested in Europe, Asia and the USA.
Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has been helping to launch the Nexus 7 tablet in South Korea. He also met with Samsung and spoke out about the patent war with Apple.
Everyone wants a piece of Samsung these days, it seems. I’m not if it’s because of their skyrocketing status or just because everyone wants to copy Apple, but LG is the latest inhibitor to Samsung’s uncontrolled climb to Android dominance.