Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too
Probably also dusting off patents on fire, the wheel, etc.
Apple has now claimed Samsung's flagship gadgets the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note infringe its mobile phone patents in a SECOND lawsuit in the US.
In separate legal action running in parallel to the epic trial that concluded last month, the iPhone maker has now listed 21 Sammy phones and tablets as devices that allegedly step on eight of its protected designs.
"Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone and tablet computer products, Samsung has chosen to copy Apple’s technology, user interface, and innovative style in its phone, media player, and tablet computer products," the iThing kingpin claimed in its latest filing.
Apple has added the latest Samsung mobes - the Galaxy S III and Note - and the latest tablets - the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Tab 7.0 Plus - to the second lawsuit, which will attempt to get the Android-powered gear banned in the US and win damages. The products were launched by Samsung between August 2011 and last month.
The fruity firm already won a $1bn payout from the patent trial that finished two weeks ago, and has proposed bans on earlier Sammy stuff after the jury found in its favour. After a hotly contested battle, the panel took just three days to decide that the South Korean firm's older phones and tablets had infringed on Apple's designs.
Apple applied to get permanent bans on sales of the Galaxy S II and other phones sorted out as soon as possible, but Judge Lucy Koh has decided to hear the arguments on that when she sorts through the rest of the firms' post-trial motions in early December.
Those motions could include requests from Apple for its payout, and pleas from Samsung to overturn the jury's verdict. The South Korean firm will also petition to get a decision on the banning orders on its products postponed until after it appeals the verdict, which it will do if the judge refuses to overturn it.
The combination of that case and Apple's second suit could give Samsung a very unhappy Christmas, clearing US shelves of its products during the lucrative holiday season with preliminary bans and permanent injunctions. ®
I can't be the only one who, by this stage, is thinking 'oh just fuck off, Apple'.
Apple demand anything not made by Apple be banned, burnt and buried at a crossroads as unholy.
...give it a feckin rest ffs.
Re: You are kidding right? Or maybe you meant to use the joke icon?
Actually, if you really think about it, despite how it may appear at first glance, Apple doesn't compete or innovate very well.
They typically enter already established markets after sitting on the sidelines for many years observing what works and what doesn't. Their products, while very well designed, integrated and user friendly, are usually rather light on features and capabilities, and they are typically slow to add new features. Consider:
-The first iPhone didn't ship with an App Store and, as such, it was terribly limited in it's functionality.
-The iOS notification center is a complete copy of what was available on Android since it's inception.
-iOS lacked multitasking until version 4
-iOS still doesn't support any home screen widgets.
-Even the current iPhone doesn't offer many features common on many other smartphones - 4G, NFC, removable storage.
These aren't signs of a company who competes very well. What Apple DOES do well is marketing. They have the ability to create intense, almost blind desire for their products, regardless of the comparative capabilities of those products.
Apple very much has a problem competing, and that's precisely why they've resorted to litigation to stall competition. Apple enters markets with an initial "Bang", and then rests on it's laurels for as long as possible, repackaging the same basic device in new shells over and over, adding the bare minimum of improvements to not make it blatantly obvious that they're behind the curve. Whether this is because they want to do individual products "right" and not just release numerous, lower quality products is more or less irrelevant. The fact is that other companies bring more, and more advanced, products to market with an acceptable quality and better price than Apple can, or is willing, to do.
@tirk RE:".......there are laws against that?"
I had intended to post something to the following effect. "Anybody actually going to post defending Cupertino's attempt to ban the GSIII and the note?". In my naivety I could not believe that anyone, not even the the most
borderline psychopathic enthusiastic Apple fanboi could bring themselves to defend the latest developments with the attempt to ban those devices. Then bugger me, I read your post. It just goes to show.
Hang on, that thing's got a 5" screen and a stylus hasn't it? Surely, using Apple's own logic, that makes it hugely innovative and a completely novel and different device?
Next week: Apple patent winning on both the swings and the roundabouts, while eating cake that you still have.