Apple cried foul that Samsung filed for those patents after the 3G consortium came up with a standard, and used some excessive claims about its opponent, which Judge Lucy Koh just shot down, narrowing Apple's defensive claims against Samsung, and sending Cupertino's lawyers back to the drawing board. Samsung has filed similar counter-lawsuits in almost every country Apple has taken it to the court as well.Samsung is countersuing Apple in Californian court about patents related with the 3G standard it holds, and is asking for banning phones that use them, like the iPhone 4S, for example.
Samsung's CEO JK Shin is obviously not very enthusiastic about the legal war waging between his company and Apple: "I think it is just a start and (the lawsuits) will last for a considerable time. I don't think there is much gain (from lawsuits against Apple). What we are losing is the pride in our brand... (I realized that) having technological power and being business savvy aren't enough," he notes rightfully.
Word has it that Steve Jobs learned that same thing the hard way during the legal battles its own Apple went in with Microsoft back in the days, and then he vouched to never be caught unprepared in terms of intellectual property to defend the company again. That vow is now coming to haunt Android, and especially Samsung's devices boasting Andy, the green robot.