Apple tries to ban Samsung, is "Patent Tennis" going too far?

Mike Halsey MVP
Aug 19, 2011
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Apple, Companies

If you ever wondered who Apple consider its biggest rival the answer probably lies in the dutch judicial system with an injunction the company has brought against Samsung.

In the documents reported on today by Cnet, Apple is trying to ban, so it would seem, every Samsung smartphone and tablet product including the Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S, Galaxy SII smartphones and the Galaxy Tab 7 and 10.1 tablets.

The complaint demands that Samsung also recall all unsold stock from resellers in the country "within 14 days" because that stock is infringing Apple's intellectual property.  In the suit Apple say...

"For the record, we mention the fact that by the stock, the offering and/or  selling said Galaxy smartphones [and tablets, red], infringes the intellectual  property of Apple Inc.,"

Cnet asked Samsung for a statement and they replied...

Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property  and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication  business."

The source of the problem appears to be Google's Android operating system, which Microsoft has also taken issue with over patents.  Google appeared to be in such a rush to get Android out of the door that they allegedly trampled on a few patents owned by their competitors.  However the actual evidence of this is embroiled in legal complications.

Whatever the current situation it is becoming clear that consumers are growing tired of the endless patent battles between the big technology companies over smartphones and tablets.  What consumers want is choice and a good selection of quality products.  It's very clear that patent squabbles are fuelled by nothing more complicated than money, profit and shareholders dividend payments.  These are things the average man and woman on the street care little about.

There have been discussions previously about the physical resemblance of some Samsung Galaxy phones to the iPhone, though let's be honest there are only so many shapes and styles a phone can be, and there are only so many materials they can be made from and so many factories equipped to do so.

It is inevitable therefore that some smartphones and tablets will go on sale looking and operating very similarly to one another.  This again isn't something that consumers care about.

Ultimately Apple, who some commentators have been reporting for a couple of years seems to be heading down a course that will lead them into anti-trust battles with the US government and the EU, don't seem to care about anything other than the consumer getting an Apple product.  The fact that there are more than enough consumers of technology on the planet to keep all the major shareholders in the big technology companies in absolute luxury seems to be unimportant.

At the moment the question probably needs to be asked if the gentle art of "Patent Tennis", whereby technology companies lawyers justify their ludicrous salaries by constantly throwing lawsuits back and forth, isn't getting out of hand.  Android is a major target at the moment with Microsoft already collecting a $10 'patent tax' on every unit sold.  The only losers in all of this will be Google's Android operating system and the people who want to use it.

Make no mistake the big guns have got it in for the open-source upstart, and they seem determined to destroy Android at whatever the cost.

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  1. Mike said on September 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Somebody needs to take a big bite out of Apple to stop these silly patent wars. I remember reading one patent issue was for a way a image is displayed on the screen that should never have been allowed to be granted as a patent. Imagine that happened on the web. It would be a very borring place.

    There just ending up more and more like Microsoft every day in having a bad reputation which will end up affecting it’s sales in the future no doubt.

    Come on Apple Nobody likes a Bully.
    I never understood the craze of Apple myself, fair enough they have nice designs on most of there products but I always go by more than just looks. Yes I am still single at 27 lol.

    Problary why I am still a Windows Guy with a Nokia Smartphone. Yes I am waiting anxiously for the Nokia Windows Phone.

  2. Robert Palmar said on August 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    This attempt to squash competition is so over the top I imagine
    even Apple Kool-Aid drinkers will have a hard time swallowing.
    It does reveal Apple is very afraid of competing with Samsung.

    Samsung, I believe, is a major supplier to Apple.
    If that is still the case Samsung should play
    hardball and withdraw business with them.

    The upshot of this for me I am now
    very interested in the Samsung Tablet.
    It must be great since Apple is so terrified.

  3. Jack said on August 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    This kind of thing has nothing – of course – to do with right or wrong, copyright or patent, or legal or illegal. It’s just the kind of eternal predatory litigation beloved of large corporations to whom legal costs mean nothing because their customers pay in the long run. It inhibits trade, and stultifies development. And they’re all at it, 24/7/52.

    Governments, courts and lawyers are as much to blame – they could help knock this kind of thing on the head (not mention doing far more to prevent monopolies), but they don’t give a damn about the outcome as long as they’re all on the gravy train.

  4. paul(us) said on August 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    There are going much to far there are developing to look like just like Microsoft.

  5. Ankur said on August 20, 2011 at 7:48 am

    this war is going above the line. I guess Apple is in no mood to quit this war

  6. Luis said on August 20, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Yet another reason to hate Apple.

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