Apple accuses Samsung of pirating, stealing and counterfeiting in letter

Apple accuses Samsung of pirating, stealing and counterfeiting in letter
When we characterized the Samsung-Apple legal battles as being the modern equivalent of the Hatfields-McCoys feud, we firmly had our tongue placed in cheek. Not anymore. First, let's recap. The court has granted a motion giving Samsung what it asked for, an expedited hearing on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus preliminary injunction. (more on that below) It also accepted Apple's response to the temporary stay on the injunction which will be taken into consideration. Additionally, Apple complained about Sprint and Google filing amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in favor of Samsung. Apple accused Google of not being an uninterested third party since it developed the Samsung GALAXY Nexus with Samsung. The Cupertino based firm said that Google was trying to hide its relationship with Samsung. 

Samsung was granted an expedited hearing, as we said, for the preliminary injunction Apple won on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. The injunction was later stayed by a Federal Appeals Court pending the hearing. As a result of Samsung's legal victory, the Korean based manufacturer must submit its court brief by the 16th of July to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Apple will have 14 days to respond and final comments will take place on the 6th of August.

Now comes the part of the article you were waiting for. You might recall that we told you on Friday that Apple had its lawyers write letters to retailers reminding them that thanks to preliminary injunctions, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 tablet and the Samsung GALAXY Nexus should not be sold. The letters were sent before the Appeals Court put a stay on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus preliminary injunction. Samsung, as you might guess, didn't take too kindly to this action. Apple defended itself  in a letter that included the following:  "It is not a legally cognizable harm to halt downstream sales of stolen, pirated, counterfeit, or infringing products." Now, we were taught that if you don't have something nice to say about someone, you don't talk about them at all. But in this one sentence, Apple is accusing Samsung of counterfeiting, stealing and pirating. And something tells us that this is just the beginning. Put it this way, you wouldn't call Apple and Samsung to meet you for breakfast at IHOP (or is it iHop?).

source: electronista

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178 Comments

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

These are new lows apple are sinking too,next they will probably try to create an apple generated blockade to try prevent delivery of android phones to stores,after all those phones are rectangular and black and the iPhone cannot be allowed to have a competitive market for which to sell to

22. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Apple is definitely pushing the envelope in their litigation practice. I wonder how long until Google gets its patent on the Notification function? You want to hear screaming? Wait until that patent issues.

43. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Even then, I'd be willing to bet Google would want to talk licensing deals, or some kind of even exchange... doubtful as hell they'd bring the word injunction into it at all.

128. spinz

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Google should also patent its widgets. I can't leave android os without having widgets.

4. joey18

Posts: 647; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Thast stupid only third countrys has this problems so the governent needs to stop this

5. ilia1986 unregistered

lol Piracy! Yarrr!! :D Nice try Apple. I guess nobody remembers your iTunes "Rip. Mix. Burn." slogan back in the day. Oh wait - apparently some people do..

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You realize ripping meant rip a cd right?

18. ilia1986 unregistered

Yep. And Apple was accused of just that. Advocating piracy. Bad Apple. Very bad. Hypocricy, Apple. Very bad.

56. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It was ripping a legally bought cd to iTunes.

73. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes, with no way to prove that you bought it and were not just borrowing a friend's CD or CD-R'ed copy. Again, "advocating piracy". Its also legal to download MP3's of music you already own (and copy movies for that matter) from anywhere for "backup" purposes. That's not the main thing people are doing when they go to sites like Limewire/pirate bay and download music.. now is it?

83. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly... Makes me think about about Windows media player now...lol. Good points by you and ilia.

113. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

So the music industry struck a deal with Apple for the first online music store why? Obviously Apple was not advocating privacy. When you put a cd into your pc iTunes would offer to "rip it". That has nothing to do with piracy.

147. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

So....ripping a CD has ....nothing ....to do with piracy? Cmon Taco....cmon man.... Good point about the deal with the music industry. But look outside the box.....

52. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Dude, where the hell did you come from?

6. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

getting tired of these apple losers

9. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Well now Samsung can sue Apple for defamation of character

11. fur0n

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Samsung wouldn't sue they like a competitive market. Unlike apple

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's not defamation if it's true

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It hasn't been proven yet, so you are as usual jumping to conclusions.

171. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly....

33. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Wrong...you can't slander someone publicly, even if its true! If its proven that Samsung stands to lose monetarily from said slander, then they will have a strong case for Slander.

45. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Technically it'd be libel since it was printed not spoken (unless it was a spoken statement?), but yep, the Galaxy Nexus currently doesn't even have an injunction against it and even with the injunction remaining against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a trade injunction is not a conclusive court decree of malfeasance. Apple's cease & desist letters and retaliatory statement upon criticism of those letters could very well be argued as libel. Apple's legal team should have invested as much time in tort law as they did in patent law.

74. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, it would be libel. And without a single court case even coming CLOSE to saying any of those words.. its definitely something samsung should take them to task on.

94. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Pirating would mean Samsung raided apple's engineering department and stole all their secrets on the ipad. Counterfeiting would mean they are selling ipads branded as such they manufactured themselves. Stolen means Samsung is selling ipads they stole from apple. Making a Galaxy Tab from the ground up that looks like some square with rectangles then banning it in the courts is apple being a whiny insecure bitch.

138. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

@sprockkets : well said

12. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

are you kidding me? lol i bet Apple is pissed because they see that the GSIII is superior to the new iPhone, therefore they are trying to sue all the competition out of business.

24. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Close. The GS III and G Nexus are taking sales away from iDevices that in the presence of a sales ban, would have either waited for the new iDevices to be released or gone to the current crop of iDevices. Sammy is posting some really huge sales numbers for the GS III. Everyone in Cupertino from Tim on down have to be wondering how much of a hit that is going to translate into reduced iDevice sales. Therefore, the attempt to ban sales.

13. ekia007

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Stupid apple

81. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

edit......

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I think it's pretty obvious Samsung's strategy is to copy everything Apple does

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