Tech giants Apple and Samsung have been going at it for quite some time now. It all started when Apple filed suit against Samsung alleging that their devices and UIs infringed on Apple’s patents. Apple wanted to see some of Samsung’s upcoming devices in court.
Samsung fired back and said they wanted to see Apple’s devices. Apple called this an attempt to harass, things went back and forth and we compared them to two kids pushing each other in the schoolyard.
The latest developments are as follows:
Samsung Uses Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Against Apple
Samsung recently tried to devaluate Apple’s patents by Apple relating to the iPad by using 2001: A Space Odyssey as prior art. Here’s a segment of Samsung’s filing. No joke:
“Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo. As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.”
Here’s the video they pointed to:
[via Foss Patents]
Samsung Galaxy Smartphones Banned in European Union
Apple has been trying to ban the sale of allegedly infringing products across different territories. It seems that beginning October 13th, Galaxy phones (this does not include tablets) cannot be sold in Europe.
Patent law expert Florian Mueller wrote the following at FOSS Patents:
“The Rechtbank ‘s-Gravenhage (a Dutch court in the city of The Hague) today issued a formally Europe-wide preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Ace smartphones — but not the Galaxy tablets — at Apple’s request. The decision follows a hearing held on August 10 and 11, 2011.”
No Sign of Things Cooling Down
Usually these things get a bit ugly, go on for years and finally both companies settle and we never know the difference from the outside. In some cases, a party may change their designs slightly or do something of the sort in order to end the allegations of infringement. This time, however, it looks like both are standing their ground. Perhaps we will see the settlement in another year or two after they have blown a ton of money on this stuff.