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Apple Files Lawsuit Against 10 Samsung Smartphones

By - Source: Bloomberg | B 53 comments

Apple isn't giving up its fight against Samsung and its Galaxy line of tablets and smartphones.

It's been a while since we heard anything relating to a Samsung/Apple lawsuit. Last we heard, Samsung had won the right to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 down under and was using Apple's relentless efforts to block its sale to boost marketing for the device. However, it seems though Samsung won that particular battle, the war rages on.

Bloomberg reports that Apple has just filed a lawsuit aiming to block the sale of multiple Samsung-brand smartphones in Germany. The lawsuit covers ten phones in total, including the company's successful Galaxy S Plus and S II handsets. The suit was filed in Dusseldorf and is alleging patent infringement of Apple's design rights. 

Samsung was recently forced to introduce a modified version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany after Apple claimed that the original model was too similar to its iPad tablet. The result was the Galaxy 10.1N, which was introduced after sales of the original version were blocked. Apple tried to have this model blocked too, claiming that it was still infringing upon Apple-owned patents. However, in December, Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said in a preliminary assessment that the courts believed Samsung's changes were sufficient.

"According to the court's assessment, the defendant has moved away sufficiently from the legally protected design," Judge Brueckner-Hofmann is quoted by Reuters as saying. A ruling is expected on February 9.

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    N.Broekhuijsen , January 17, 2012 10:04 PM
    I would make a nasty comment about apple, but over the last few months I have been forced to deplete my creativity, and hence cannot think of one anymore...

    Oh wait, I just wrote one!

    hehe, screw apple
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    video_master , January 17, 2012 10:33 PM
    There is no way that 10 different Samsung phones look like the iPhone. This is just plain stupid now.
  • 26 Hide
    Anonymous , January 17, 2012 10:20 PM
    I hope Samsung wins, Apple's angle on handling competition is outrageous.
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  • 31 Hide
    N.Broekhuijsen , January 17, 2012 10:04 PM
    I would make a nasty comment about apple, but over the last few months I have been forced to deplete my creativity, and hence cannot think of one anymore...

    Oh wait, I just wrote one!

    hehe, screw apple
  • 20 Hide
    Anonymous , January 17, 2012 10:04 PM
    wonder if apple will throw a fit about the tegra 3?
  • 26 Hide
    Anonymous , January 17, 2012 10:20 PM
    I hope Samsung wins, Apple's angle on handling competition is outrageous.
  • 19 Hide
    DroKing , January 17, 2012 10:26 PM
    Silly much Apple?
  • 26 Hide
    Anonymous , January 17, 2012 10:28 PM
    Even an iPhone fanboi would have to understand that this is going a bit too far now...
  • 28 Hide
    video_master , January 17, 2012 10:33 PM
    There is no way that 10 different Samsung phones look like the iPhone. This is just plain stupid now.
  • 18 Hide
    video_master , January 17, 2012 10:33 PM
    There is no way that 10 different Samsung phones look like the iPhone. This is just plain stupid now.
  • 25 Hide
    Thunderfox , January 17, 2012 10:34 PM
    Steve Jobs is gone, now it's Apple's turn to die.
  • 23 Hide
    slabbo , January 17, 2012 10:39 PM
    you can patent design rights?

    quick, someone patent, the general design rights for a car...then sue every automaker out there!
  • 19 Hide
    dragonsqrrl , January 17, 2012 10:42 PM
    Here we go again. Really Apple? You're venturing into patent-troll territory.
  • 24 Hide
    guardianangel42 , January 17, 2012 10:56 PM
    dragonsqrrlHere we go again. Really Apple? You're venturing into patent-troll territory.

    Venturing? They've already landed and started a thriving colony.
  • 16 Hide
    Anonymous , January 17, 2012 10:57 PM
    God forbid Samsung makes a rectangular phone with a screen in the center.

    Also, the title seems a bit odd. It sort of implies the phones, not the company, are being sued.
  • 15 Hide
    Anonymous , January 17, 2012 11:20 PM
    alidan, you just made a null argument.
  • 23 Hide
    poxenium , January 17, 2012 11:39 PM
    Next they'll sue farmers for growing a fruit with the same name.
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    SmileyTPB1 , January 18, 2012 12:12 AM
    I wonder if they will fake evidence for this lawsuit also?

    Steve Jobs claim that the Android operating system is stolen from Apple and no one should be allowed to use it is the equivalent for saying that no one should be allowed to drive a car because you invented the steering wheel.

    It's a good thing Steve died before his biography was published because it really proved that he was as obsessive, controlling and crazy as we thought he was.
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    jimmysmitty , January 18, 2012 12:15 AM
    alidanno i get it, they basically made the tablet market, i know they didn't invent it, but they made the tablet appealing to people that mas producing a tablet is now a realistic venture, apposed to previous attempts that were... well... lack luster and easily forgotten. imagine you made something, and than other people coppied you (yea i know, but for the sake of this argument, dont go there) and there was next to nothing you could do... what would you do, give them a hug and say awesome, competition. or would you try to stop them by any means necessary?i dont support apple, and i hate them, but i at least get where they are coming from.


    No what Apple did, and does, is took a already existant product and made it trendy. Their iPods were inferior in many ways to Creatives Zen series. In fact Apple copied Creatives GUI like interface idea which Creative sued and won. Nothin in any of Apples products is original in any way. They just know how to appeal to the masses while sucking every last penny possible out of them. Its like the iPhone 4S. No 4G, normal glass, and locked doen like crazy. Compare it to any of the current high end Android devices, all that have 4G, Gorilla Glass and open.

    As for someone copying, there will be an idea and then there will be similar ideas. What I find offensive in all of this is that the courts took Apples doctored photos into evidence at all. That alone is a mistrial.

    Plus look at it from Samsungs side, Apple has long been using Samsungs CPU for their modile devices in what looked like a good partnership. Then Apple turns around and sues Samsung. It would be like Apple suing Intel for something, which I wouldn't be suprised if they do at some point.

    In short, Apple has become nothing more than a patent troll. I understand patenting an idea, like x86 or such but Apple is just full of it.
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    g4114rd0 , January 18, 2012 12:23 AM
    The lawyers of @pple has now another lawsuit to a Chinese toy-maker of the
    figurine Steve Jobs doll
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    dalethepcman , January 18, 2012 12:41 AM
    alidanno i get it, they basically made the tablet market, i know they didn't invent it, but they made the tablet appealing to people ...


    What they did, is make a giant mp3 player with limited internet access, then using marketing managed to sell them by the droves. Sadly most the people that bought them still don't know how to use them, or what they should use them for. Sadly most humans are "Sheeple" (XKCD) and are just following the herd instead of thinking for themselves.
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    masterofevil22 , January 18, 2012 1:37 AM
    Apple is a bunch of pu55ies that don't want to compete in a fair and open market.

    They want to monopolize the world of communications and entertainment and and keep every man, woman and child on their digital leash while price gouging their end consumers and screwing software developers and their "partners". They provide a heavy blanket of oppression and a complete lack of freedom to their users and devs alike.

    While the blind unknowingly subscribe their soles to this cult the few with eyes must try to make a difference; to keep the legions of blind followers informed. Though it may be hard to do this because most of the sheep have already drank the cool-aid and are now possessed, I will do my best to always promote the truth, capitalism and a fair and open market where Competition and Choice still have life.

    GFY Apple
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