The two tech giants, Samsung and Apple suing each other for patent infringement is included in most discussions among techies. Even those who don’t bother to watch what’s happening, have to watch Samsung’s ads trying to show iPhone 5 as inferior compared to its Galaxy Note. When a verdict is passed and things seemingly cool down, there starts another war in a few days. Both, Samsung and Apple have grown into enormous giants that they now want to slay the rival and rule the future. The verdict that ordered Samsung to pay almost $1.05 billion to Apple has served a strong blow to Samsung. There have been hilarious rumors spreading about Samsung that it sent 30 trucks filled with 5 cent coins to pay the $1.05 billion to Apple. Though it was soon announced that it was just a troll against Samsung, it became so very popular that many media firms reported it as the latest news.
Samsung is now ready to spend millions of dollars on suing its rival and capture the market. However, it continues to face hardship continually because Apple is a challenging competitor to Samsung. There’s a lot of backfiring and sharp criticism for both the companies. They are now engaged in making efforts tirelessly to make the other rest in peace. There seems to be no end to the patent battle.
The Recent Lawsuit:
While apple keeps adding several of Samsung’s devices such as the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 10.1, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS to the list of products that have to be banned from sale, Samsung has come up with another suit against Apple claiming that it has copied Samsung’s technology. As soon as the iPhone 5 was available for sale, Samsung began its investigation against Apple and has listed 8 patent infringements including 2 Standards Patents and 6 Features Patents. It filed the suit on the very same day that the U.S. ban imposed in June, on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 was lifted. There are no new patent infringements identified by Samsung. All the eight alleged infringements were already identified in earlier iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
These patent infringements are added to its original suit which is still not brought to trial. The original suit claims that Apple’s iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone infringed on Samsungs mobile broadband patents. The suit was filed with the same court which awarded Apple the billion dollar verdict. Samsung’s attorneys have called Apple’s iPhone 5 as an accused device, its functionality as accused functionality, and the versions as accused versions, which will surely make millions raise brows. Samsung has requested the court to consider the additions in the same trial and also stated that they will file a separate suit if not done so. The trial will be held in 2014, and by the time both companies would have launched new smartphones and tablets. Lucy Koh, the judge who presided over the previous litigations will handle this suit, too.
These trials and verdicts have turned people’s attention from enjoying technology to exploring patents. The trolls lurk in news firms spreading new rumors to make the patent battle fiercer day by day. We will have to wait until 2014 to know the result of this lawsuit, before which numerous other suits are expected to be filed against other devices that will be launched.