Apple vs Samsung: The battle continues.
There has been a series of long, and ultimately futile, back and forth between Apple and Samsung for a quite some time, regarding the similarities between mobiles and tablets from the two companies. Once it was clear that mere talk won’t get either company anywhere, the next stop was the courts.
And so Apple filed a patent lawsuit against Samsung last month, alleging that the later “chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style.” On 24th of May, Apple was successful in a San Jose court ruling which allowed them to get pre-production (and retail) samples of the Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Infuse 4G, and 4G LTE Droid Charge within 30 days. These sample, however, can only be viewed by Apple’s external lawyers, and not the internal staff or engineering team. These products will be checked to see how similar they are to existing Apple products, namely the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Based on the findings, Apple can ask for an injunction against these products, preventing Samsung from selling them in the market.
Consequently Samsung has also filed a suit against Apple on Friday evening, as reported by This is my next, where they have asked for “the final, commercial versions” or “the most current version” of the upcoming iPhone and iPad to evaluate whether these products will be similar to existing and upcoming Samsung products. Samsung requires these products in order to be prepared for a potential injunction against them by Apple.These products will also be seen just by Samsung’s lawyers, and not from their engineering department.
The thing is, Apple has requested products that Samsung has already announced, with a potential injunction against selling them for existing Apple products. Samsung, meanwhile, has asked for unannounced Apple products that may be competing against their future products. Based on the current suits, either of two things will happen: a) If Samsung’s request is granted, Apple will appeal (for sure), dragging this whole issue a couple of months later until the iPhone 4s/5 and iPad 3 are released; b) Apple can file for the injunction straightaway (against Galaxy S2, Galaxy Tab, Infuse 4G for the iPhone 4 and iPad2), nullifying Samsung’s request altogether. In either case, Apple seems to have the upper hand. What Samsung seems to have gained from this is just a show of force to Apple that they won’t back down from any challenge.
If by some miracle Apple does send these products over to Samsung, expect a barrage of “leaked” images and specs of the upcoming iPhone and iPad.