Samsung iPhone 4S French ban attempt rejectedSamsung has been given an embarrassing legal spanking by the French courts, which refused to grant a sales ban against the iPhone 4S and demanded that it pay Apple €100,000 ($134k) in legal fees. Although the sum is likely far less than Apple has actually paid its legal team in France, the decision is a blow to [...]
Samsung demands iPhone 4S source code and subsidy secretsSamsung has demanded the iPhone 4S source code so that it can hunt for potential Apple patent infringement, in the latest escalation of the legal battle between the two companies. Just weeks after Apple secured a sales ban against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, Samsung’s lawyers asked courts in the country to order Apple [...]
Samsung wants to block iPhone 4S sales in France, Italy
There's nothing like major corporations acting like a bunch of kids on a playground. As you remember, Samsung and Apple have been locked in a patent infringement lawsuit for quite some time. Apple is trying (quite successfully, I may add) to block the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10 tablet in several countries, so now Samsung is playing tit-for-tat and wants to block sales of the brand new iPhone 4S in France and Italy.
Samsung said in a statement that they'll file a pair of preliminary injunction requests in Paris and Milan, stating that the iPhone 4S infringes on two patents related to WCDMA standards for 3G-enabled devices. The South Korean manufacturer plans to make a major assault on the 4S, stating that it will pursue injunctions in other countries as well. Samsung wasted no time in sending out marketing materials panning the 4S while touting the Galaxy S II Android phone.
The statement from Samsung states "Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation."
Apple has already successfully blocked (for now) the Galaxy tablets in Germany, as well as some Samsung smartphone models in the Netherlands. Samsung says that Apple hasn't paid licensing fees for some of its patents relating to wireless technology, while Apple says that Samsung never demanded a license fee until last year, being mum before that time because Apple is a huge Samsung customer.
In addition to the iPhone 4S, Samsung is claiming that the iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 2 all infringe on its wireless-technology patents. Stay tuned to TUAW as we keep track of the latest shots fired in what is becoming a full-fledged war between the two companies.Samsung wants to block iPhone 4S sales in France, Italy originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 05 Oct 2011 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
Italian court denies initial iPhone 4S ban
Samsung has lost another battle in its ongoing patent war with Apple. Its request to have iPhone 4S sales banned in Italy has been denied by the Italian courts. This comes barely a month after France similarly denied Samsung's request for a sales injunction against the iPhone 4S.
Samsung had already tried and failed to block the iPhone 4S release in Italy back in October, so this latest smackdown from the Italian courts comes as little surprise. Thus far Samsung has had no success in its pursuit of sales injunctions against Apple's handset, while Apple scored a temporary victory in Australia by getting sales of the Galaxy Tab banned there for most of 2011.
The ongoing patent dispute between the two companies comes as a result of Apple's accusation that Samsung has blatantly copied the designs of several Apple products, including several models of iPhones and the iPad. The patent wars haven't deterred Samsung from, um, paying homage to Apple's designs, either; as Macgasm points out, the newly-released Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is a carbon copy clone of the iPhone 3G's design.
[via GigaOm]Italian court denies initial iPhone 4S ban originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 05 Jan 2012 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
Apple scores another patent victory over Samsung in the NetherlandsIt's always the same. The two companies continue to play tit-for-tat with their patents around the world. Apple's so-called rubber-banding patent has been particularly contentious. It played a central role in a German injunction against Motorola and was invalidated by the USPTO. Now the bounce-back scrolling effect has given Cupertino an other feather in its cap in the Netherlands. However, the Dutch court has chosen to be much more measured in its doling out of punishment. There will be no injunction, instead the manufacturer will be given eight weeks to update the offending handsets -- anything running Gingerbread or Froyo. Newer versions of Android, namely Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, use a subtle blue glow to indicate the end of the line. For every day longer than eight weeks it takes to either issue updates or remove the aging devices from the market Samsung will be fined $100,000, but Lee Kun-hee has probably lost more cash than that in his couch cushions. Next week we're sure this same patent will be thrown out the window by French officials or Apple will be found to violate some Motorola patent... and around we go.Continue reading Apple scores another patent victory over Samsung in the NetherlandsFiled under: Cellphones, Apple, SamsungCommentsVia: GSMArena, SamMobileSource: WebWereld
Apple wins Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 injunctionApple has secured a new injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Germany, forcing the company to yank the tablet from IFA 2011 show stands as we saw on Saturday. The courts in Dusseldorf granted Apple’s request for a ban on sales and promotion of the new Android slate, Yonhap News reports; “Samsung respects the court’s decision” [...]
French court denies Samsung's request for iPhone 4S ban
A French court has denied Samsung's request for a preliminary injunction against Apple's iPhone 4S as part of the worldwide, ongoing patent disputes between the two companies. Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents has a lengthy, in-depth analysis of the court's decision, but essentially Samsung's case against Apple was far to weak to justify the "disproportionate" step of banning the iPhone 4S from France. Samsung has also been ordered to reimburse Apple for €100,000 in legal fees, which Mueller notes is probably far lower than what Apple has actually spent during French litigation.
The ongoing patent dispute has now expanded to "more than 30 lawsuits in a minimum of 12 courts in at least 9 countries on 4 continents" according to Mueller, and so far Apple has been the only litigant to succeed in its bid for an injunction against its competitor (although the Australian injunction was later overturned, pending appeal).
Apple fired the opening salvo in this patent war back in April, and Samsung has responded with a variety of countersuits. Apple alleges that Samsung has slavishly copied the design of both the iPhone and the iPad.French court denies Samsung's request for iPhone 4S ban originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments