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Samsung Tries To Ban Import of iDevices To US 201

tekgoblin writes "The battle between Apple and Samsung has just heated up again. Samsung has filed a complaint to the International Trade Commission to ban import of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod products to the U.S. From the article: 'Samsung, the world’s second-largest maker of mobile phones whose Galaxy devices compete with the iPhone and iPad, claims Apple is infringing five patents, according to a filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington yesterday. The ITC, which can block imports of products found to violate U.S. patents, must decide if it will investigate Samsung’s claims.'"
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Samsung Tries To Ban Import of iDevices To US

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  • wow (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 29, 2011 @06:03PM (#36616464)

    I would love to see this go down. Could you imagine the US with their iToys? No more iphone 5 or ipad...it'd almost be...a miracle...

  • The whole industry (Score:5, Informative)

    by milbournosphere ( 1273186 ) on Wednesday June 29, 2011 @06:27PM (#36616746)
    is throwing lawsuits around willy nilly: http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/4/2010/10/mobilesuits.jpg [gawkerassets.com]

    Pretty much all the big players are being sued by somebody. That graphic's a little old, but it still illustrates just how messed up the patent system must be.

  • by icebike ( 68054 ) on Wednesday June 29, 2011 @06:46PM (#36616908)


    Also with Android devices outselling Apple devices the claim would't be true even if it was limited
    to the mobile platform arena. There are 500,000 activation of android devices every day, and most
    of them contain some Samsung parts, with emphases on the flash ram.

    What Samsung would lose in iPhone sales blocked in the US they would easily recover
    from their own phones sold in the US, as well as HTC, LG, Motorola, and twenty other
    brands all using Samsung memory.

    I've seen this claim posted before, but when you check out the facts its either dated
    information or simply applied to a specific type of flash memory of a specific size.

  • You're right. (Score:5, Informative)

    by mjwx ( 966435 ) on Wednesday June 29, 2011 @09:12PM (#36618012)

    Lets see some data for such a claim.
    If they really were such a big buyer they would be stuck with buying from samsung since they produce most of the flash.

    Apple makes up 2.6% of Samsung's sales, Sony makes up 3.7% and Dell makes up 2.5%. [wikipedia.org]

    Considering the market for NAND flash is very competitive now with every man and his dog making smartphones, memory cards and solid state drives, Samsung does not stand to lose 2.6% of sales if it cuts Apple off completely as there are other customers that buy the same products from Samsung.

    It seems Apple needs Samsung products more then Samsung needs Apple as a customer. Suing them and hoping Samsung is not a vindictive company could be a really dumb move.

Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget. -- Miller