Patent Wars Aftermath: Apple seeks to ban Samsung products
In response to a crushing defeat at the patent wars, due to which Samsung owes $1.05 billion to Apple, Samsung is now planning to sue the US based giant if the iPhone 5 uses LTE technology. Samsung holds 12.2% of LTE patents and comes in at third in the as compared to other companies. Although we don’t think that the iPhone will be banned in the US, some other countries may still find themselves without the iPhone 5 if things go Samsung’s way.
The lawsuit threat was made soon after the courtroom battle over Apple’s patents ended.
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With the verdict going in Apple’s favor and Samsung losing $1.05 billion, Apple’s onslaught continues. Now that it’s clear that Samsung did indeed infringe on a lot of Apple’s patents, Apple is out with a list of Samsung products that it wants to ban from the US market.
Here’s Apple’s hit list
In the aftermath, Samsung is left in a damaged state and owes Apple a whopping $1.05 billion! Not just that – the phones that Apple wants banned are some of Samsung’s best selling phones, especially the Galaxy S2 and S2 Skyrocket and knocking these phones out of the market is going to make a sizeable dent. While I’m not trying to take sides here, I have to say that Samsung was making phones which looked suspiciously close to the iPhone in terms of design. Other companies have been coming up with their own designs and Samsung should have followed their example and steered clear of designs similar to Apple’s.
In any case this is a huge win for innovation. This case sets an example to all major and minor players in the electronics community and emphasizes the need for originality in design and features. In the coming months we should see new hardware and software designs from Samsung and other companies. Microsoft’s Windows 8 Metro UI is a shining example of one such software design! Microsoft basically proved that Apple are not the only ones who can come up with a totally out of the box idea. That’s how it should be with every company looking to compete in the electronics arena. This will eventually bring more power to the customer and the market will be flooded with different products to choose from (although, that remains to be seen).
28 August, 2012