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Samsung May Try To Block Next iPhone In Europe Too 271

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from the can't-we-all-get-along-here dept.
phonewebcam writes with a report in The Register about the ongoing spat between Samsung and Apple. From the article: "Samsung could try to get the iPhone 5 delayed or banned in Europe, a source has told South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper today. The Korean giant is considering a lawsuit against the next version of the Apple smartphone due in October, in the expectation that iPhone 5 will make use of some basic telecoms technology that Samsung has patented. ... It comes a day after The Korea Times quoted an anonymous Samsung exec saying that the company would attempt to do the same thing in Korea."
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Samsung May Try To Block Next iPhone In Europe Too

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  • by inviolet (797804) <slashdot&ideasmatter,org> on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @09:23AM (#37467220) Journal

    Choose one:

    • * egregious espionage and mutual ripoffs of billions of R&D investments that then become unrecoverable, or
    • * constant ongoing patent wars that chew up hundreds of millions in legal costs and require billions of investment into patent warchests

    The whole situation has happened before, though. 150 years ago we had a similar war over the patents for sewing machines. It eventually led to the Sewing Machine Combination [wikipedia.org], which was a patent pool that created a 20-year cartel of four manufacturers. They were the only ones allowed to produce cutting-edge sewing machines.

    Notably, the next major innovation in sewing machines (the rotary hook) sat unexploited until the combination expired in 1876 (sources here [wikipedia.org] and here [wikipedia.org].

  • by sosume (680416) on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @10:05AM (#37467812) Journal

    Apple has changed to many other suppliers for its components (the A5 chip comes to mind) so this argument is not valid anymore. Samsung stated that at first, they bent over and let Apple have their way in order to keep a 'healthy' business relation. But after the Galaxy line got blocked in the EU, generating a huge loss, Apple choosing other manufacturers over Samsung, and still acting like a small female dog over patents, Samsung has become quite angry and now Pandora's box is open it seems. I sincerely hope they destroy Apple or at least let them bleed with their childish tactics: crying that they are the underdog while suing all competition out of the market.

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