A German court has issued an EU-wide ban on Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy Tab 7.7 for resembling...

A German court has issued an EU-wide ban on Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy Tab 7.7 for resembling the iPad, but refuses to do so for the 10.1N. Separately, Apple is demanding $2.5B in damages for Samsung's use of its IP, and future royalties of $31.14/unit to license its design IP and 3 software patents. Critics might point out the iPad's design resembles a photo frame, and that 2 of the software patents cover concepts that predate the iPhone, but that assumes the offer is meant to be taken seriously. (more on AAPL)

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  • kmi
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    Quoting from Engadget:


    "According to a unit cost breakdown by Foss Patents, Apple wants $2.02 for every previously sold Samsung product that uses "overscroll bounce," another $2.02 for those that allow "tap to zoom and navigate," $3.10 for those that involve a "scrolling API," plus a mega $24 for each and every device that breaks an Apple design patent or trade dress right. That means the bulk of Apple's claim -- as much as $2 billion -- is actually for aesthetic rather than technical infringements. Of course, these figures have no bearing on what the US court may eventually decide to award to either party, and neither do they factor in any strategic value of the blood from Samsung's nose, or the negative PR that can only grow amid such litigious behavior."
    24 Jul 2012, 12:31 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    Seems fairly ridiculous. Which company has the patent on scrolling in web browsers? Is there anyone in the public, amongst consumers, that can seriously not tell a Samsung from an Apple? Does anyone seriously think that a 7" tablet looks just like a 10" tablet? Even if Samsung went towards this form of licensing, if Apple wants to actually license any of these things, the slight increase in prices to the consumers would still place a Samsung Android based tablet below the price of an iPad. People who want to buy an Apple product will do so because of that Apple logo on the back. If Apple doesn't understand that, then they are losing the focus on consumers.
    24 Jul 2012, 02:42 PM Reply Like
  • mstefa
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    Herr Hansa if current law allows these patents to exists Samsung copying them is against the same law. They should pay and lobby congress to change patent law. Or pay the fees.
    30 Aug 2012, 02:51 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    Google and a few other companies have been attempting to do that for at least the last few years. The process is very slow.


    Current U.S. patent laws make the current situation possible. Compared to copyright and trademark laws, which are covered by treaties involving many countries, patent laws are country specific. Success in U.S. courts is not necessarily a precedent that can be used in other countries with different patent approval standards.


    Don't forget that Tim Cook stated that he "reluctantly" pursued legal action started by Steve Jobs. Check the Seeking Alpha news feed today, and you will find mention of Google and Apple meeting about patent issues.
    30 Aug 2012, 03:27 PM Reply Like
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