The future of the smart phone and pas wars may be played out in the courts, not the marketplace.
Samsung‚Äö√Ñ√¥s dispute with Apple has become legendary since the court order forcing Samsung to send its Galaxy phone over to Apple, along with several tablets, earlier this month. The purpose of this comes from the assumed possibility that Samsung could be bordering on patent infringement with Apple‚Äö√Ñ√¥s line, and was gained through the use of an expedited discovery request that was accepted by the judge. In this situation it is now up to Apple to look over devices like the Infuse 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1 to see if it is in fact in breach of legal standing. She went on to state that ‚Äö√Ñ√∫, these claims are subject to consumer confusion and 'ordinary observer' standards, the products themselves and the packaging in which they are sold are likely to be central to any motion for preliminary injunction."
What has Samsung done in response? It now just filed its own reciprocal expedited discovery request and is demanding to have the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3 handed over for their own ‚Äö√Ñ√∫inspection.‚Äö√Ñ√π This legal maneuver is not one that is expected to pan out clearly, especially since all five devices that Apple was given for inspection had been released to the public market and the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are still likely in development and products of the rumor mill.
Even though this is not going to be a likely standing point, if Apple files an injunction against Samsung because of the perceived similarities between the growing Galaxy line and their products that are already available, then it is going to completely shut down Samsung‚Äö√Ñ√¥s even meager attempts.