Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(
Now the big guns are coming out in smartphone war
Samsung has opened a new offensive in its ongoing patent dispute with smartphone arch-rival Apple.
Fresh claims, filed in Germany, charge Apple with violating a pair of patents relating to the implementation of the WCDMA 3G telecom standard and another two patents relating to smartphone utilities, one of which involves the display of emoticons.
"(Samsung) made four more claims; two are standard-related patents and the other two are utility patents. And a court said it would make these claims separate from the April lawsuit," a Samsung spokesman told Reuters.
A German regional court in Mannheim dealing with the separate but related lawsuit over 3G handset tech, filed in April, said on Friday that it expected to publish a judgment in this case on 2 March.
The scores are even so far in the bruising smartphone-tablet patent battle between Samsung and Apple. An Australian court lifted a ban on the sale of the Galaxy Tab fondleslab in the country in late November. However Samsung suffered a setback days before this when a Paris court refused to block sales of Apple's iPhone 4S in France.
Earlier this month a US court rejected Apple's bid to get an early ban on the sale of Samsung products in the country. ®
The real problem
Is that it's making patents useless for those of us that actually rely on them.
My company invents things, we invent things that get used in very big expensive machines that we couldn't possibly manufacture - so we have to licence them to big companies.
Without patents the company could just look at our ideas and copy them for free - instead of now where they licence our ideas and manufacture them in China who then copy them for free.
But getting patents is becoming increasingly expensive since we have to have expensive lawyers go through all these patents to make sure we don't violate any of them. Because when we do agree a deal with Random Giant Corp - they expect us to show that we haven't violated any of Other Giant Corp's patents.
Even then we get letters from Different Giant Corp saying basically "we have a million patents in this area - you must have violated something, admit it". And of course the cost of the lawyers saying no is a lot higher than hiring engineers to actually invent things.
Sometimes I think it would be better if we just gave and built a factory ourselves making knock off iPads.
...we can hope.
These days, the courts seem to decide things based on coin tosses and input from children. There is the very real chance that in a given country, BOTH Samsung and iPhone are banned, because they each break the others patent.
Actually, that would make me laugh. I hope that happens.
Lets just ban all the damn things till they kiddies have made friends again
this is getting increasingly tiresome, can't they all be sent to their rooms till they promise to play nicely.