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Apple Ups the Ante in Samsung Patent Poker

Aaron Tilton

Apple has expanded its campaign to drive Samsung from the European market by any means necessary. Their initial lawsuit, filed in a German court and based on questionable evidence, only met with mixed success, so they've found a new legal theater to attack from: the Netherlands. The latest suit brought by the technology giant seeks not only a ban on sales and import of all Galaxy series devices– Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S, Galaxy SII and tablets like the Galaxy Tab 7 and Galaxy Tab 10.1– but also requests the Hague district court issue an injunction banning all manufacturing of Galaxy series devices by Samsung Korea and all Dutch partner companies.

Needless to say this could have huge ramifications for the European Smartphone market, if Apple manages to push its lawsuit though. While the court decision, in the short term, would only effect Dutch consumers, a manufacturing ban could threaten deliveries throughout Europe, if not worldwide. Apples latest patent gambit provoked an immediate response from Samsung Korea, whose army of lawyers filed multiple patent infringement lawsuits against the boys in Cupertino. All told both Smartphone developers have filed 11 legal petitions in 9 different countries.

Hopefully, smartphone consumers aren't sick of legal news, because this patent cold war just got hot.

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  • Fabien Roehlinger Aug 19, 2011 Link

    To be honest, I think the US smartphone market will be hit much harder. The lawsuits which are going on could harm the whole ecosystem pretty much.

  • Ivan Aug 21, 2011 Link

    All these tech companies are going to waste a lot of money on litigation that could have gone into development. Software patents in particular are killing innovation - and the US Patent office (in particular) seems to be failing to even check them properly.

    Patents are supposed to promote innovation - they are failing us all.

    They're also harming start-ups - it's an even more one-sided battle with the big boys.



does anyone else have this problem? (about charging your smartphone)