Samsung now wants to ban iPhone 4S sales in Australia and Japan

Samsung now wants to ban iPhone 4S sales in Australia and Japan
The ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung gets another turn as Samsung now has filed motion for an injunction on Apple iPhone 4S sales in Japan and Australia. Earlier, the Korean company said that it will try to ban sales of the iPhone 4S in France and Italy just a day after its launch as the handset allegedly infringes on its patents.

"In light of these violations, Samsung believes the sale of such Apple devices should be banned," Samsung said in a statement.

At the same time, Apple on its part says it owns a “thicket of patents,” but would only agree licensing “lower level patents.” This basically means that Apple is not there for the money like Microsoft which has reportedly signed deals with Samsung, HTC and other Android phone makers, which have to pay Redmond an undisclosed sum for every handset they make.

Apple’s goal seems to be radically different - it wants to keep some of its inventions unique to iOS.

Florian Mueller of FOSS patents went over Apple’s filings and summarized Cupertino’s strategy:

"Apple optimizes for product differentiation. Apple isn't Microsoft, which concluded a license deal with Samsung as well as eight other Android device makers. Those two companies have different business models in general and with respect to patents in particular."

So far, the legal battle between Apple and Samsung is won by the California-based company. Apple has secured injunctions against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia and Germany, while Samsung has been denied its claim for a ban on iPhone and iPad sales in the Netherlands. 

Stateside, the legal battle continues. The latest hearing had US Judge Lucy Koh show the iPad and Galaxy Tab side to side and asking Samsung’s attorney which one was theirs. The attorney could not reply right away and had to resort to help from others from Samsung’s legal team.


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36 Comments

15. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

ghetto style? what does that mean?

30. JosephC

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

it means they are Ghetto

31. ahmedra2ol

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 01, 2011

Cows!!!

25. ravi5695

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

bitter to APPLE THE CRAPPLE...!!

35. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

Also Apple took (stole) the name iPhone from Cisco before the iPhone was released back in 2007... not that it matters now... Cisco sued Apple for the name. Apple gave them a bunch of money and told them to go away... well not is so man words anyway... just thought I would point it out... I know it's old news. But is seems like it's innovation through litigation these days and there is no such thing as a Tech company innovating anymore these days. Just making the point that Apple is the same as any other company who steals a patent or idea... There are plenty of articles on net about it, but Apple fans just turn a blind eye....

11. gZ unregistered

I'm an Android Lover but I respect Apple. Samsung obviously copied some of the iPhone and iPad's looks and feel even the UI is almost the same. http://blog.gsmarena.com/judge-asks-samsung-lawyers-to-tell-the-ipad-and-galaxy-tab-10-1-apart-takes-them-a-while/

12. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Ipad and Galaxy Tab looked similar but not copied, why Apple is not suing China companies that built exactly the same as iPhone and sold all over the World.

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It is copied

13. BuckeyeCadet86 unregistered

Just because things look similar doesn't mean that it is patent infringement. If you took the markings off the midsize sedan cars for KIA, Honda, Toyota, GM, and Ford you would be hard pressed to tell which is which. Apple's argument is that there are other ways to make smartphones than the candybar style, but it has been proved the only one that sells. Android and iOS look similar, but they work differently and Apple needs to get off its high horse and stop suing for patents that shouldn't have been granted in the first place because they are too general.

36. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

too bad those car manufacturers aren't as bad as Apple.

14. silly samsung unregistered

lol don't waste your time samsung. nobody is going to ban apple devices. maybe you should work on developing a phone that's better and you won't have to worry about the competition so much.

17. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

They already have. SGS, SGS2, Galaxy Note, and soon the Nexus Prime.

16. lilstevie unregistered

So when Apple tries to van sales, it's justified, but when Samsung does for the same reasons, it's fear of competition. Very logical, Mr. Spock

19. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Please see the topic of the discussion and do not post off topic!

20. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

I expect Samsung not be as stupid as apple. apple id getting a very bad image. No need for Samsung to make lawsuits. Samsung has better products and a very wide range of phones and tablets And apple has just one old model The bad is apple And the good is Samsung Samsung, dont waste your time to descend to the level of apple

21. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I hope Samsung gets their sweet revenge, if it happens, Apple might negotiate with on lifting each others ban.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if apple gets bans on the weight of a bar napkin drawing and samsung doesnt get a ban with actual long held patents, then my eyes are really gonna cross. I already wonder about some of these lawyers and judges involved.. lol If samsung wins a ban in any major country, i expect apple to be willing to come to the table very quickly and find a truce, before the bans possible cascade through other countries.

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Samsung already lost in Europe. Their lawsuit was thrown out. Now watch them lose here as well. Looking forward to your fanboy rage and conspiracy theories.

26. ravi5695

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

OH REALLY..?? i think apple will be THROWN-OUT off their markets...lol...

27. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

And what are you basing this on? Your intricate knowledge of the patent system?

28. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Hopefully, people that previously supported Apple throughout these cases will soon realize that Apple is effectively trying to stifle innovation with the use of their patents. The point has been made before that Microsoft enforces its patents by structuring licensing deals, while Apple enforces its patents by trying to block the competition. This article only clarifies that this is in fact the case. Whether you are a fan of the iPhone or not, it is in no way a good thing for anybody that likes technology to have less competition and innovation in the market.

29. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

They're blocking people from using their inventions not from competing. Other companies are free to compete with their own ideas.

32. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

so apple should be blocked as apple steals ideas from others since the first apple2 computer... Everything in apple is stolen

33. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

care to give us a break down? "Everything in Apple is stolen" is a nonsensical post

37. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

@DJLegacy2k5 - Lol, stick to the discussion man. Try not to resort to name-calling. @taco50 - While I agree that every company should be trying to innovate, the nature of competition in technology is one of evolution, not revolution. In other words, technology progresses by companies taking something that currently exists and either improving it or putting their own twist on it. Apple has done this just as other companies have. Apple's original computers and GUI were based off of Xerox's development of a computer GUI. Apple created the iPod, they didn't invent the MP3 player. Apple created the iPhone, they didn't invent the phone, the touch screen, or the touch screen phone. That being said, I personally believe that Samsung's Touchwiz UI is way too similar to Apple's iOS to be considered innovative, but I also believe that designs shouldn't be given patents in the first place. Either way, to support these legal battles in which companies are asking for injunctions rather than monetary fees is to support the idea that technology does not belong to the society, but rather to the inventor. The inventor should be given due credit and reward for creating the technology, but the society should have the opportunity and responsibility to improve upon it. Apple does not want this kind of progression, and this is what ultimately slows us down...

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