You may be witnessing one of the biggest battles between two computer giants, Apple and Samsung. And it’s not about a comparative product analysis, but a bitter on-going battle over patent and sales rights. With every passing day, the battle is getting bigger and bigger, crossing national boundaries and becoming a global issue. Let us see what started this legal confrontation.
Apple accused Samsung of slavishly copying iPad and iPhone. It even took Samsung to court accusing the company of breaching iPad patents in Sydney. Apple won the court battle in Germany, as a result of which sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1 are banned across the country. Apple also won an injunction forcing Samsung to pull its products like Galaxy Tab 7.7 out of the IFA consumer-electronics show in Berlin. Such actions have immensely hampered the sales of Galaxy products in Germany and also in Australia, provoking Samsung to respond.
Last week, Samsung filed an appeal against the German Court’s ruling upholding the temporary nationwide sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was won by Apple. Not only that, it has filed a cross claim with the Federal Court of Australia, alleging Apple of infringing seven patents related to wireless communication standards. Samsung Electronics spokesman Nam Ki-yung quoted, “To defend our intellectual property, Samsung filed a cross claim for Apple’s violation of Samsung’s wireless technology patents” while the spokesman for Apple in South Korea has declined to comment.
The battle also continues across other countries where both are fighting in courts in the U.S., South Korea and Japan. However, only time will tell who gets the last laugh in the end.