Apple and Samsung Locked in Patent Disputes
A ruling by a court in Sydney has resulted in Samsung having to delay the launch of their Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 into the Australian market. The decision, which could see the South Korean company having to delay the launch until after the lucrative Christmas period, follows an upheld complaint in Germany in September. That decision led to Samsung being banned from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany as a result of complaints from Apple relating to copied design.
[The iPad 2 is the one on the right by the way]
The latest ruling, which relates to technology and design patent infringements, comes ahead of a California hearing due later this month which could result in a sale ban of Samsung’s mobile devices.
A hearing in a Dutch court in August has already banned Samsung from selling the Galaxy S, Galaxy SII and Ace mobile handsets, as they infringe an Apple patent. Originally Apple submitted 10 patent breaches however only one, in reference to the technology for browsing and scrolling photos, was upheld. As a result of this decision, Samsung have since changed this technology and will relaunch revised versions of the three mobiles in the Netherlands later this year.
According to the Financial Times, Samsung and Apple are locked in around 20 legal battles, which span across 9 countries including the UK, South Korea, US and Japan.
Samsung have fought back by filing suits in France and Italy to block the sale of Apple’s 4GS handsets over infringements on wireless technology in 3G handsets patents.
Despite this fight back, and following the news buzz linked with Apple icon Steve Jobs’ death and the launch of the iPhone 4GS, the months leading to the crucial Christmas period will be made extremely difficult for Samsung.
Could these decisions, and Apple’s continued growth, spell the beginning of the end for Samsung?