If you thought the legal debacle between Apple and Samsung couldn’t get any worse, think again. We all thought that both technology giants would continue to point fingers accusing each other of patent infringement. Now, Samsung is looking to get Apple’s iPad and iPhone banned from the US.
Samsung is now out to make heads roll. It has recently filed a complaint with the USITC (United States International Trade Commission), requesting for a ban on iDevices such as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod in the US. The Korean phone manufacturer has filed these complaints claiming that Apple has infringed at the very least five of its patents.
Samsung stated, “The complaint requests relief in the form of a permanent exclusion order prohibiting entry to the United States of all Apple products in violation of these patents.”
It was previously thought that the two firms would settle their disputes out of court, since both parties had a lot to lose if their business relationship were to be severed. As we all know, Apple is one of Samsung’s biggest clients, and Samsung is one of Apple’s biggest suppliers. However, it seems that the situation has turned for the worse.
This could be a tactic by Samsung to make Apple agree to its terms, which would allow both parties get on with business. However, this could backfire on Samsung. There are rumors flying around that the Cupertino firm is on the lookout for new suppliers for iPhone and iPad components, cutting ties with the Korean manufacturer.
Honestly, the situation is getting out of hand. Regardless of which side you are on, a complete ban on products would compromise the consumer’s right of choice. We would rather have a wide range of choices rather than having less. Furthermore, Apple products drive rival manufacturers to push the envelope in mobile technology. Without the Apple flavor, the world of tablets and smartphones would simply be bland and dull.