Company feud continues
Both of the manufacturers have been involved in a protracted dispute for quite a long time now, with Apple accusing Samsung of infringing its intellectual property rights. Samsung obviously refutes this.
Interestingly though, Apple itself has tried to delay the case, although the company does not say why; however, judges have ordered that the dispute be heard in the High Court.
The basis of Apple’s case is that Samsung used Apple’s own research and applied it to Samsung’s devices, in particular the visual design of its mobile phones and tablets. Samsung, as expected, says that any resemblance in design in its devices is purely accidental.
That has not stopped Apple from trying to get various governments around the world to ban the importation and sale of Samsung devices, in particular the Galaxy Tab 10.1. In Australia, at least, this has proved unsuccessful. In fact, Samsung used this victory as a marketing exercise entitled ‘The tablet Apple tried to ban’.
Whether Apple succeeds this time in London will be interesting. It is just the latest legal shenanigans to take place in Japan, Germany and the US, as well as Australia.
Some experts think the attack on Samsung by Apple is more to do with its inability to attack Google. Google is Apple’s main competitor but many companies, such as HTC and Samsung, are easier targets than Google and Android because of the manufacturing relationship they have with Google.