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Apple Seeks To Block 8 Samsung Products After Court Win 396

Posted by timothy
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angry tapir writes "Apple has asked a U.S. court to block sales of eight Samsung Electronics products, following the iPhone maker's victory in a patent lawsuit against Samsung. In a filing to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple asked for preliminary injunctions against seven smartphones carrying its Galaxy brand, plus the Droid Charge. It based the requests on a jury's ruling on Friday that Samsung had infringed several Apple patents. Apple said it wants the preliminary injunction pending a final injunction."
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Apple Seeks To Block 8 Samsung Products After Court Win

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  • by ciderbrew (1860166) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @09:04AM (#41147423)
    Apple got the idea for the design from Sony. A box shape with rounded edged isn't original either.
  • by Krneki (1192201) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @09:06AM (#41147433)
    Apple is doing shit like that from a very long time. Why do you think we hate them so much?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Apple_Inc [wikipedia.org].

    Probably they are second only to Sony.

  • by stiggle (649614) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @09:11AM (#41147465)

    They lost the cases in the UK, Netherlands, Germany but win in the US.

    Part of the ruling in the UK was to put a notice on the website stating that Samsung did not copy Apple.

  • by Tastecicles (1153671) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @09:40AM (#41147861)

    Apple don't just sell smartphones.

    TEN BIGGEST SMARTPHONE MANUFACTURERS BY UNIT SALES IN Q2 2012

    Rank, Maker, Units, Market Share, Was in Q1 of 2012
    1 Samsung 50.4 M 32.9 % ( 30.6 %)
    2 Apple 26.0 M 17.0 % ( 24.2 %)
    3 Nokia 10.2 M 6.7 % ( 8.2 %)
    4 HTC 8.8 M 5.8 % ( 5.4 %)
    5 ZTE 8.0 M 5.2 % ( 3.4 %)
    6 RIM 7.8 M 5.1 % ( 7.6 %)
    7 Sony 7.5 M 4.9 % ( 5.0 %)
    8 Huawei 7.0 M 4.6 % ( 4.8 %)
    9 LG 6.5 M 4.2 % ( 3.8 %)
    10 Motorola 6.0 M 3.9 % ( 3.5 %)
    Others 10.8 M 7.3 % ( 3.3 %)
    TOTAL 153.0 M

    In fact, Samsung sell twice as many smartphones as Apple.

    Care to play again?

  • Re:Samsung (Score:5, Informative)

    by Missing.Matter (1845576) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @09:59AM (#41148143)

    Apple is worth more than Samsung, Google, Microsoft, RIM, and Nokia combined.

    Assets:
    Samsung: $384.3B
    Google: $72.6B
    Microsoft: $121.2B
    RIM: $7.7B
    Noika: $45.4B

    Total assets of Samsung, Google, Microsoft, RIM, and Nokia combined: $631.2B

    Total assets of Apple: $116.4B

    Oh, or were you talking about the imaginary measure of "worth" derived from feelings and pixie dust known as market cap? Even not then:

    Market Cap:
    Samsung: $167.1B
    Google: $218.9B
    Microsoft: $257.3B
    RIM: $3.7B
    Noika: $12.06B

    Total market cap of Samsung, Google, Microsoft, RIM, and Nokia combined: $659.0B

    Total market cap of Apple: $633.4B

    Anyway, not sure what a company's worth in relation to others prove about what one company will do with respect to breaking contracts and dropping customers. Remember, Samsung has something much more powerful than fat stacks of cash, something Apple cannot compare: the full backing and support of the South Korean government. Not saying I think it's great a corporation is so close to a government, but that while Apple is making only shiny iToys, Samsung is a massive conglomerate making:

    Textiles
    Securities
    Credit cards
    Insurance
    Chemicals
    Machine tools
    Engineering services
    Electronics
    Semiconductors
    Hotels
    Ships
    Surveillance
    Automations
    Aeronautics
    Oh yeah, and weapons tech... seriously, that's not a company I'd want to fuck with.

  • by Nidi62 (1525137) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @10:02AM (#41148189)

    It's not like Apple sells things besides smartphones....oh wait....

    In the smartphone market, they are getting killed. Look what a previous poster posted: Samsung sells almost twice as many smartphones as Apple does. It's only when you add in iOS, Macs, etc where you get Apple's massive profits and market share. That is why Apple is freaking out and going after Samsung like this.

  • by Joce640k (829181) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @10:13AM (#41148389) Homepage

    Actually that's pretty much exactly what happened.

    Yeah, Apple invented something completely out of the blue. None of those old Windows CE "PDA"s (remember those?) had animations, touch screens, etc. Nor were they smartphone shaped. They certainly wouldn't have had an 'i' anywhere in their names.

    Oh, wait [pencomputing.com]....

  • by PortHaven (242123) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @11:03AM (#41149241) Homepage

    No, there was a foreman who was an engineer and has multiple patents. And led the juries, to protect the patents because he'd want "his" patents protected.

  • by MachineShedFred (621896) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @12:58PM (#41151091) Journal

    So I guess you have no problem with Samsung directly screwing the end customer through price fixing in the LCD, mobile phone, and DRAM markets? Because they've either settled, or been convicted of all three.

    Samsung is *not* a well behaved company.

  • by Shadow99_1 (86250) <theshadow99@NoSpAM.gmail.com> on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @01:07PM (#41151323)

    I bought a Asus Transformer Prime to use for work and I've had at least a few dozen people by now comment on it. Usually they don't even realize it's a tablet until I show them. This whole process tends to involve me giving a pros/cons pitch on it. At least five that I know of have now gone and purchased either a first or second gen transformer tablet now...

    So I'd say if anything your understating the potential effect.

  • by Shagg (99693) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @01:38PM (#41152057)

    They are a corporation and they have a fiduciary responsibility to protect their IP from theft. In other words, Apple had no choice but to launch this lawsuit

    Nonsense.

  • by Coryoth (254751) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @01:42PM (#41152145) Homepage Journal

    No, he's saying that the vast profits that Apple successfully made by being the first mover in this field is already plenty of incentive the invest in such "risky" endeavours -- Apple has earned well above and beyond any research costs -- so we probably don't need to grant special monopoly rights for an extra 15 years just to get companies to invest in innovative research.

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