Apple requests U.S. preliminary injunction against Samsung Galaxy Nexus: 4 patents

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by *LTD*, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    This is a watershed moment in Apple-Samsung litigation. Apple has definitely brought the fight home to the US. And in doing so, in light of what they've accomplished both legally and materially over the past year, you can bet they've got their legal ducks in a row.

    This will be very, very interesting. Do note also, that with this move, Apple is now going after Android in particular. Both Samsung and Google are in the crosshairs.
     
  2. smoledman macrumors 68000

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    Well it only means that it clears market share up for Windows Phone which Apple can't sue.
     
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    Interesting move, wonder how bad it'll be for Apple when it backfires...?
     
  5. *LTD* thread starter macrumors G4

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    With Apple's consumer base and mindshare, would they care? It certainly won't affect their sales. This is smart strategy by Apple. They have nothing substantial to lose here. For the past year we've learned a few important things about Apple litigation.

    1) They have not had any injunctions worth anything placed against them, and whatever did get through, they sidestepped with relative ease (as we've seen, on the same day), while forcing a competitor to redesign their product.

    2) Even when Apple was on the losing end of patent litigation, the cost to their sales was zero. They went on to enjoy record quarters. Consumers barely know about patent litigation, nor would they really care even if they did.

    3) Apple is not afraid to test the legal waters, with a ridiculous amount of resources behind them.

    The effect to the competition? It can vary, and they certainly have more at stake and more to lose than Apple. Google especially, given their tenuous patent position. Samsung might be ale to go toe-to-toe with Apple, though they've already demonstrated serious legal ineptitude.

    Motorola is another example, though they're a lame duck anyway.

     
  6. thekev macrumors 604

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    That only applies until Apple claims they've retroactively patented the smartphone:rolleyes:. Quite a number of Apple patents seem more focused on limiting others than protecting their own designs. I've read a few of them. It's like they're trying to draw an extremely wide fuzzy perimeter around anything they implement regardless of if something similar existed prior to their implementation.
     
  7. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    Someone just needs to give Apple a juice box. They're being giant babies about all of this.
     
  8. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    I would not be surprised that the judge tells Apple off like they did last time.

    Apple is looking more and more like the standard kid on the playground who try to take all their toys and leave when facing a threat.
     
  9. ChazUK, Feb 11, 2012
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.3.5; en-gb; ZTE-BLADE Build/GRJ22) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1)

    Out of all the legal wranglings, for me this is the most interesting with what they're targeting.

    Things have just got that bit more interesting. (Grabs popcorn)
     
  10. danahn17 macrumors 6502

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    It tastes more like stale popcorn to me :p
     
  11. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030

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    I think Apple better watch out if the FTC, DoJ Antitrust Division or European Commission antitrust authorities wonder why Apple is abusing patent laws to crush competition.

    In 1947 the US government filed the famous US v. United Shoe Machinery Company case, which accused United Shoe of using its patents on shoemaking machinery to crush any potential competitors in the business. The case was litigated for many years, and the company took a major financial beating over this case.

    Apple now runs the risk of suffering the same fate as United Shoe if they don't back off from using their own smartphone patents to deliberately crush all competition through litigation.
     
  12. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    Doh! Should have been "grabs". :p
     

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