Apple Files Injunction Against 4 Most Popular Samsung Devices
By now, anyone who follows the wonderful world of mobile technology knows that Apple and Samsung are embroiled in a rather heated legal battle. It would actually be fair to say that the legal battle has escalated to a full on world war, as the two companies have lawsuits pending in 5 different countries on three continents (Germany, UK, South Korea, Japan and the United States).
Everything pretty much boils down to patent lawsuits and accusations of being a copy cat. Apple claims that Samsung is copying them. Samsung says that Apple is the actual copying culprit.
Last week, Samsung filed an injunction request with the ITC in the US in an attempt to block the import of all Apple iOS devices. That would include all iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
Naturally such an action couldn’t be allowed to happen without an equal but opposite counteraction. Today, Apple filed a similar injunction request, asking that all Galaxy Tabs, Infuse 4G phones, Droid Charge Phones and Galaxy S 4G phones be pulled from shelves.
Just as the injunction filed by Samsung is likely to be granted, it seems very unlikely that Apple’s request will get too long of a look from a judge.
Apple has a long history of suing anyone who even reads one of their patents, let alone puts out a product even remotely similar to one of theirs.
Samsung has been somewhat tongue in cheek about the whole thing, claiming that Apple’s copyist claims area an attempt to avoid competition in the market.
Obviously if either injunction actually comes to pass it would have massive implications for both companies. New rumors surfaced that Apple is set to ship 15 million iPhone 5s worldwide this September. Obviously an injunction against them would put a huge dent in those numbers.
By contrast, the phones that Apple is trying to block are amongst the most popular Samsung phones on the market here in the US. Samsung’s most popular phone ever is the Galaxy s II. It has sold 3 million units worldwide in just 55 days. It has yet to even reach US soil yet, which would definitely balloon those numbers significantly. However, it would be more surprising if Apple didn’t add that phone to their lawsuit than if they didn’t.
While protecting your intellectual property is important for any company, this soap opera between Samsung and Apple is starting to feel more like two children bickering than anything else.