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Samsung decides not to try and ban the iPhone 4S in Korea, gets a March 2012 hearing in Australia

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Samsung decides not to try and ban the iPhone 4S in Korea, gets a March 2012 hearing in Australia
Samsung looked at the raging success of its Galaxy line in its home country, and decided that trying to ban the iPhone 4S from being sold there is not worth the lawyer manhours it has to pay. A Samsung executive was quoted saying that the company has dropped the patent suit against Apple in Korea, in order to focus better on similar lawsuits it has launched against the fruit company anywhere Apple is suing it too.

One of these places is Australia, and the judge just ruled that the preliminary hearings are over, and the Samsung vs Apple lawsuit will be held in March 2012, while Apple demanded August so it has more time to prepare. Justice Annabelle Bennett, however, concluded that next summer is too late, and said she will give the exact date in March later this Friday.

With the Californian lawsuit also panning to happen next year, we will have plenty of entertaining snippets from both sides for the foreseeable future, and should go long popcorn producers.

via ChosunIlbo & AppleInsider

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posted on 15 Nov 2011, 03:13 1

1. itsius1 (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


LOL.... cuz apple is still buying their processor?

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 03:27 7

4. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1573; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Why waste time trying to get a device banned when you are beating them in sales? I mean if you look at South Korea, Apple only holds 18% of the overall share while Android holds a 48% share. And if what you are deducing was true then they would have dropped their lawsuits in other countries.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 06:18

14. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


android 48% is more then one android manufacture meaning not one of them hold 18% which is pretty high for apple they only made 6 or 7 phones if its less then that sorry I never bought one but even if it had 6 or 7 iphones look at HTC & Samsung im sure they drop 20 phones together a year or more not adding other manufactures

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 07:02 4

15. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


in korea the SGS2 is beating the iphone4/4s by huge margins. Samsung IS korea. They have a huge national pride thing going on. the iphone has never been that strong in korea.

outside of america apple does not enjoy the same success in many countries. Id say its an american pride thing for some too, but i have never once heard that arguement made by a single iphone user.. so its not.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:20

30. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I like the fact my iPhone was made in America. It wasn't the only reason of me buying one but its a factor.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 13:43 2

42. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


umm.. exactly which part was made in america again?

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 14:37 2

46. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


lol cant believe some still think the iphone is made in america!

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 15:04 2

48. htcisthebest (Posts: 293; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


iPhone is made in China, please get your facts straight.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 15:12 1

49. htcisthebest (Posts: 293; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


And if the iPhone is indeed made in America, I doubt if its sales figure would even made into the top ten, as labor and wages in America are so expensive which would push up Apple's cost of production and thus have to raise the price of iPhone even more ridiculously higher to the extent that consumers are reluctant to buy the iPhone.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 16:04 1

50. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


can you imagine what the iphone would cost on a 70% profit margin if it actually had to.. PAY... its employees??!?!? lol that would be like a $3000 phone

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 03:26

2. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Or because Apple is too powerful for them to fight.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 03:34 5

6. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1573; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Considering that Samsung would have Google to back them up (and if any WP7 devices were challenged, Microsoft) I don't think it was because of that. Samsung earns 220 billion dollars in revenue vs Apple's 108 billion dollars. Not to mention, that Apple is dependent on Samsung for its processors.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 07:03 7

16. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


or because samsung is more honorable than apple's pettiness and doesnt want to be exactly like them.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:46

31. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)


really?... so Samsung is only being honorable in their home turf?.....

"similar lawsuits it has launched against the fruit company anywhere Apple is suing it too."

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 13:46 1

43. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if your going to act honorable, where better than your own home turf where you know you have an EXTREME upper hand?
If you dont think samsung would win with their eyes closed in a society where Samsung makes everything from the house you live to your phone, runs your electricity and employs something crazy like 1/5th of the population either directly or indirectly... against a western company that is seen as a bully... well.. u got some reading to do.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 08:46 2

28. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Another thoughtless and baseless Miz comment.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 03:27 7

3. Jericho (unregistered)


Cant understand why apple does childish things sueing others for no reason.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 04:45 1

11. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


If you closely looks at Samsung mobile form-factor history, then you can see that they indeed copy some of apple and other manufacturers design. but the current situation is, both Samsung and Apple have gone beyond the limit. This will not benefit for anybody.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 03:33 1

5. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Another victory in the legal battle's with Samsung. Apple is striking a blow for justice around the globe. Samsung should stop copying and compete with innovation.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 04:52 6

12. jacko (unregistered)


apple dont innovate it copys

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 07:51 4

23. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So... you learned absolutely f**king nothing from being suspended, right?

Your comment shouldn't be dignified with any further response.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 08:37 1

26. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


And he hasn't learned a thing... Same comments expected from him as before.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 03:38 3

8. Jericho (unregistered)


copying huh then it means every manufacturer should stop copying lg because they made the first touch phone.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 04:28

10. itsius1 (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


didnt HTC was also known for making the 1st tablet phone with their shift, it was never decided to be release in the states though...

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 04:53

13. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Yes, but HTC started producing touch screen phones long before shift, for companies like HP, Q-tek, i-mate and some others.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 03:50

9. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Or the fact that if Sumsung lost in Korea, it will look real bad. Better take the high road and understand that discretion is the better part of valor.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 07:05 5

18. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


u really think samsung would lose a patent war.. in korea... against an american company that isnt well liked?? lol. apple would have to have one heck of a case.. which they dont, because they admit to breaking the patents. Its an open n closed case.
Ever hear of something called honor? yea, didnt think so.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:49

32. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)


they have honor and defend their company.,.. we dont have that here.... learn from them... remix...

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 13:47 1

44. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


what should i learn exactly gallito?

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 12:02

35. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Then why are they afraid to go to court?

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