Now Apple Tries Banning Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note
Emboldened after its massive win against Samsung in the US just over a week ago, Apple now wants to have Samsung's current top-selling smartphones banned as well, the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note, in a move which strongly suggests that Apple wants to force Samsung out of the smartphone business in the US altogether. These smartphones feature on a new list of 21 devices that Apple want banned.
Unsurprisingly, this hasn't gone unnoticed by Samsung, who have hit back at Apple, accusing them of trying to stifle consumer freedom and choice through the use of anti-competitive patent litigation, "Apple continues to resort to litigation over market competition in an effort to limit consumer choice," Samsung said in a statement. "We will continue to take the necessary legal measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products in the United States."
This is just one part of a larger battle, since Apple has sued Samsung for similar patent infringements in 10 countries overall. However, while Apple have not been so successful against Samsung in Japan or Korea, the US market is the most significant and prominent, hence it matters the most in this epic battle.
Apple and Samsung are the world's largest smartphone manufacturers, controlling over half of the global market between them. The other legal fights are taking place in Asia and Europe. Also, it's important to know that this isn't just about Samsung's apparent infringements. Steve Jobs claimed before he died that the Android operating system, which all of these Samsung products are based on, is a copy of iOS, so he would go "thermonuclear" to kill off Android. Halting Samsung will go a long way to suppressing the marketshare of Android phones and possibly kill it off in the long run, just as Jobs wanted. If Apple succeed, then it will not be a great time consumers, who will have far more limited choices available to them, along with higher prices and a more stagnant market.
In documents filed with San Jose federal district court on Friday, Apple said 21 Samsung smartphones, media players and tablets released after August 2011 were "copycat products".
"Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smartphone and tablet computer products, Samsung has chosen to copy Apple's technology, user interface, and innovative style," Apple said in one document.
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