Samsung Lawsuit Against Apple On Eve Of iPad Announcement
It seems that the war between the two tech giants, Samsung and Apple, continues around the globe with lawsuits, injunctions and court rulings in many courts around the world. Most notably, Germany has become one location where recent decisions have come out on each side of the numerous battles which are going on. Samsung’s most recent Galaxy Tab 10.1N has been released in Germany and Apple failed in an effort to have an injunction granted to block the sales of the tablet. Apple has been successful in previous attempts to block the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This has been the legal battles which have been going on around the world and seem to be continuing.
Now, Samsung has filed another lawsuit in Seoul, South Korea against Apple claiming that Apple is violating three patents which belong to Samsung on the Apple iPhone 4S and the iPad 2. This comes prior to Apple making the announcement for the next iPad this morning at 10:00 AM PST in San Francisco. Whether the timing was meant to be a distraction or not is not known, but it does cast a shadow over the two companies in the continuing battles between the two. By bringing a suit in their home country, it makes one wonder whether Samsung believes they might have a better chance of being successful over Apple and these two products.
The continuing lawsuits, as reported by TechCrunch, is separate from those which were previously filed where Samsung issued a statement:
“Samsung has today (March 6) filed a lawsuit against Apple in the Seoul Central District Court over its continued infringement of three utility patents in its iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
This lawsuit is separate from the proceedings filed against Apple in Seoul in April 2011 regarding infringement of telecommunications standards-related patents.
Samsung will continue to assert its intellectual property rights and defend its investment in innovation in order to ensure our continued growth in the mobile industry.”
This is not the first lawsuit which Samsung has filed against Apple for patent infringements in Korea. There was one filed in Korea back in April 2011 which they are referring to in the quote from Samsung. The cases continue to grow to more than 30 in 10 countries around the world with a very prominent case in Northern California which has been dragging on last year and into 2012. In that case, the judge questioned the validity of some of Apple’s patents which could bring problems to Apple. It is this case which could ultimately impact cases around the world between these two tech giants.
Samsung and Apple are at the top of global market share with Samsung edging Apple out of that position. While the companies continue to attempt to protect their intellectual property, it does tend to put a cloud over the whole industry as well as innovation. At some point, the courts are going to have to rule in a way that benefits innovation and the advancement of technology for the population at large.