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Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh dropped her ruling on Samsung in the patent infringement lawsuit Apple brought against the company. Koh ordered Samsung to provide Apple with product...
05-25-2011, 01:27 PM #1
Samsung Ordered to Hand Over Specs, Prototypes, and Wives to Apple
Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh dropped her ruling on Samsung in the patent infringement lawsuit Apple brought against the company.
Koh ordered Samsung to provide Apple with product samples, packaging, package inserts, and manuals for the following unreleased, but widely covered devices:
- Galaxy S2
- Galaxy Tab 8.9
- Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Infuse 4G
- Droid Charge
Apple's suit accused Samsung of designing products "confusingly similar to Apple's iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone." The goods Samsung has been forced to turn over don't include any products that the public didn't already know about. Also, only the legal counsel that represented Apple during the proceedings will be able to look at the devices and their packaging. None of Apples in-house legal team or engineers will be able to get their hands on the devices.
This ruling is more of an inconvenience, and embarrassment to Samsung than potentially damaging. In fact, Samsung handed out 5,000 Galaxy 10.1 tablets to the lucky attendees of the Google I/O conference. Most of the information about the requested devices is already out there.
Apple will be granted "expedited discovery," which means Samsung has to turn over the goods to Apple within 30 days. After examining the products Apple can then decide whether or not they want to file for an injunction (stop Samsung from selling their products).
It seems somewhat absurd to me that this even has to happen. Yes the Galaxy S2 looks an awful lot like a 3GS, and yes Samsung went back to the drawing board when the iPad 2 was released, but honestly, how many form factors for these devices are there? Hell they're all almost candybar phones now. Tablets by definition look like a slab. It's all a matter of how thick, what color, and screen size you want to implement in the devices. Even most of the processors, and other components in these devices are the same.
Which brings us to the only real defining, and differing aspect of all smartphones, and tablet devices, the software. Unless Samsung is running a copy of iOS then this shouldn't really matter. Obviously, Samsung isn't playing copy-cat like the Chinese factory variants that appear in droves over seas, so whats the big deal?
At the end of the day Apple is still going to be one of Samsung's largest customers, and Samsung one of Apple's largest component suppliers. The best of frenemies.
Source: Apple forces Samsung to hand over Galaxy prototypes | Crave - CNET
05-25-2011, 01:38 PM #2
I know samsung was copycat....
05-25-2011, 01:44 PM #3
Good job Apple. You are officially one step closer to eliminating the competition and taking over the world.
05-25-2011, 02:32 PM #4
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05-25-2011, 03:15 PM #6
Everyone copies Apple but Samsung does copy the most, TouchWiz 3 looked very similar to iOS and the Galaxy S looked like a 3GS.
And other Samsung phones looked like the iPhone 4 with its silver metal frame.
If Apple can't get SAMOLED Plus of Samsung then there's no point in getting some parts for the iPhone 4 from them, go to Sharp or Toshiba, better quality.
05-25-2011, 03:18 PM #7
05-25-2011, 03:20 PM #8
Great Job Apple, it's about time you teach Samsung a lesson, hopefully you'll get your injuction and make Samsung stop selling stuff that is truly yours
05-25-2011, 03:28 PM #9
Seeing the pictures of Samsung devices next to iOS devices Apple definitely has a case. Not only did Samsung copy the general look of the iOS Springboard but they even copied the look of many of the individual icons.
05-25-2011, 03:34 PM #10
Ridiculous how you can claim that there are no other ways for a touchscreen phone to look. Apple's iPhone 2G had a very distinct look that no other device at the time sported, yet the iPhone 2G was definitely not the first touchscreen candybar phone. Likewise with the iPad and other tablets. I expect more from the staff writers here.
05-25-2011, 03:40 PM #11
I totally agree with the content of this column. Just how many variants to the form factor can you get? sure you can make one that looks absurdly different to the rest, wont sell more than five units and isn't ergonomically friend when held to your ear, for god sake Apple.... pull your head out of your ***** and take some medication. The level of paranoia that seeps from the pores of this company is astounding, I swear there is a team of people that do nothing but search the net all day looking for ways to sue someone for something!! Unless, again like the column stated, that another devices OS is using bits ripped out of Apples, then why would you bother....
05-25-2011, 03:48 PM #12
05-25-2011, 04:13 PM #13how many form factors for these devices are there? Hell they're all almost candybar phones now. Tablets by definition look like a slab....
Apple could have launched a smart phone or tablet many years before they did now, but instead they decided to put a lot of time and money into research and development regarding form factor, hardware and user experience.
Samsung is simply taking a shortcut by copying Apple. How can anyone even defend that?
05-25-2011, 04:18 PM #14
05-25-2011, 04:27 PM #15
Such a stupid argument. The car industry has this happening every single year yet they all seem to survive (aside from the business/union crap that runs the US comps into the ground).
05-25-2011, 04:39 PM #16
I really don't think they look the same, i'd recognize an iPhone any day...
05-25-2011, 04:53 PM #17
First and foremost you have to protect your patents. Its all about the patents! This is somewhat ridiculous but necessary, tablets are going to look like tablets no matter who makes them but the IOS is another issue. Samsung is in it to make money and they saw an opening, thats business, in the end it only makes Apple's products that much more popular. Legal chess, court comes with the territory. Imho I want as many smart phones and tablets as possible where Apple isn't the only game in town, it keeps Apple on their toes and innovations come quicker, keeps things more interesting.
05-26-2011, 05:23 AM #18
Everyone gets so worked up about apple suing but you need to protect your Intellectual Properties or you can and will lose them.
05-26-2011, 05:26 AM #19
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