Posts Tagged ‘Samsung vs. Apple’
According to a report by Fosspatents, Samsung is claiming that Apple’s attorneys cannot represent the Cupertino firm due to conflict of interest. The Korean tech giant claims that 5 of the lawyers on Apple’s counsel have represented them in the past.
The law firm in question is the patent litigation and licensing firm Bridges & Mavrakakis. Kenneth Bridges, the firm’s founder, along with at least 4 more lawyers are said to have represented Samsung in other cases. Having represented the Korean phone manufacturer in the past, the law firm has inside information, which gives Apple an unfair advantage.
In Samsung’s motion, the tech giant says, “It is inevitable that Samsung’s confidential information … will be used to advance Apple’s interests against Samsung in this litigation.”
This doesn’t end here. Samsung is demanding that the two other firms on Apple’s payroll have not received any confidential information from the said patent litigation law firm.
Apple seems to be busy fighting battles against a number of its rivals. It is pushing for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban in the US. It is also fighting a legal battle with the Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC. The house of Jobs claims that HTC has infringed on several of its patents.
Honestly, it seems like Apple is using every grounds to sue its rivals. Is Apple really the victim, or is it afraid that its rivals are quickly catching up?
The Korean technology giant Samsung has dropped one of its lawsuits against the Cupertino firm Apple. However, this is not an indication that Samsung is planning to back down from the fight. They dropped a lawsuit to focus on a new legal battle.
This legal debacle between Apple and Samsung is escalating at an alarming rate. We initially thought that the two industry leaders would opt for an out-of-court settlement, due to their ongoing business relationship. However, this is clearly not the case. It looks like none of the two is willing to back down from this legal chest match. If ever they do back down, it will be strategic move to gain an advantage over the other in future courtroom skirmishes.
Apple has accused Samsung of trademark infringement, claiming Samsung has infringed its patents on the iPhone and the iPad. Samsung filed a counter suit, claiming that it was Apple who has infringed its patents and not the other way around. This is the counter suit that Samsung has dropped.
Lawsuits are definitely unpredictable. Some of them have lasted for years; some of them we never hear from again, most likely due to a quick out-of-court settlement. With this court battle between the industry leaders, regardless of whose side you’re on, may take forever. Expect more counter claims to come in the near future.
Samsung’s spokesperson, Nam Ki Yung, said at Bloomberg, “We will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property.” In other words, Samsung has no intention of backing down from the fight. Apple, like always, did not comment on their current situation with the Korea-based phone manufacturer.
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.