Folks! It is time to grab some nachos, popcorn, and soda. As we all know by now, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was reported that Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.
At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung agreed to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court. The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple rejected that offer from Samsung.
Also, it was reported that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. For laughs, Reuters revealed that asked by a judge in a California courtroom to tell the difference between a Samsung Galaxy Tab and an Apple iPad held side-by-side 10 feet away, an attorney for Samsung couldn’t do it (*chuckles*).
Yesterday, it was reported that Apple had told Samsung that it owns a thicket of patents,but it will only license lower level patentsto competing companies. Today, despite Apple winning previous lawsuits against Samsung, Samsung is wants to attack against Apple’s recently launched iPhone 4S. The company has filed a pair of new lawsuits looking to block the sale of the device in Japan and Australia. This isn’t ludicrous at all because Samsung isn’t copying Apple. Nope, not at all.
The Wall Street Journal notes that Samsung had filed preliminary injunctions in the Tokyo District Court and in the New South Wales Registry in an effort to stop sales of the newly launched iPhone 4S. Samsung has also included the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2. This is particularly interesting because Apple will be launching the iPhone 4S in Japan and Australia on October 28th.
Though the legal battle between Samsung and Apple is intense, Samsung remains a supplier of Apple’s and provides its A5 processor found in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.