Apple tries to add Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean to patent slapfest
Slab market is OURS, says so right in the Bible
Apple has moved to add Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 and, unusually, the Google-built Android OS Jelly Bean which runs on the phone to an existing patent lawsuit in the US.
The fruity firm argues that the Note 10.1 infringes on its intellectual property just as much as Samsung's other products in the case do.
"Shortly after the release of the Galaxy Note 10.1, Apple investigated whether that product infringes the asserted patents. Having now determined that it does infringe – and in a manner remarkably similar to how the already-accused devices infringe – Apple seeks to amend its contentions to include this product," the company said in a court filing.
Apple is also looking to add the latest Android OS - 4.1, aka Jelly Bean - to its list, which could make life a lot more complicated for other Android smartphone and tab-makers if it has any kind of success.
Samsung, meanwhile, is asking the court to add the iPhone 5 to its patent claims. "The iPhone 5 has the same accused functionality as the previously accused versions of the iPhone, so the proof of infringement of the patents-in-suit by the iPhone 5 is the same as for other Apple devices already accused of infringement in this litigation," the Korean firm said in a filing of its own.
Judge Paul Grewal heard both arguments yesterday but said that he needed time to make a decision on whether either motion could be allowed.
The whole case is due to go to trial in 2014, but the next big hearing for the firms will be in December. Judge Lucy Koh will hear arguments then on whether Apple gets to ban eight Samsung smartphones and the Tab 10.1 or Samsung gets to throw out the fruity firm's prior US win due to claimed jury misconduct. ®
"Ever stop to think if they genuinely had a case"
Fuck 'em: The mobile firms no longer deserve the benefit of the doubt when it comes to spurious litigation. They've already had their proverbial day in court.
"!Too many people assume it's ok for others to come along and copy Apple stuff"
Except it's laughable for 'round corners' to be 'Apple stuff', just like the idea for a technical design with no actual technical design attached is laughable. By their measure, I can go and patent jet boots and hover-boards, and sue the ass of anyone who comes up with a way of making them work. Sci-Fi writers would make a mint by running a side-line of patenting every futurist idea that they have.
If we extended today's patent wars to the auto industry, then it would have historically been the customers who were harmed: Only [say, hypothetically, let's not get into semantics] Mercedes might be allowed four wheels, only Ford have windscreen wipers, and only Vauxhall front wheel drive. The result is that no customer gets to benefit from ALL the technical innovation for 25 years, and we all get inferior products.
Likewise look at feel. Pick up a remote control, and you'll know where the 'on/off' button is regardless of manufacture, because everyone uses the same icon thingy. Steering wheels in cars are all in the same place and pedals in a now-standardised order. This benefits us as punters, allowing us to pick up new devices and quickly master them. But that's not what tech companies want any more: They want to purposely reduce inter-operability and make us stick to one manufacturer because 'it's easier' than learning how to turn off a gadget made by someone else. Again, this hurts us, the customers.
"but not sure how you would feel if someone just came along and copied stuff you had created / invented / patented."
I accept the fact that in an Internet age, people will steal my creative works, and generally prefer to feel positive about it and flattered, rather than shorten my life through the stress of rage. I accept that in a world of 7 billion people, it's pretty unlikely that I will be and deserve to be the only person who things of putting round corners or one button on something.
the thing is near identical to look at
Not from the back. It looks remarkably different.
But If you want to limit the comparison to the front view only, then go ahead and compare the iPad (2010) to the Ozolins (2004) and LG Flatron (2004) and see where that gets you.
Starting to get pathetic, apple are looking like over paid bully boys. The judge should throw both cases out and fine them both for wasting the courts time.