2011 – A Year of Many Things: A recap of the big events of the year

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A Global War – Apple v Samsung

All throughout this year, there has been a war going on. Yes, you could think I was talking about Iraq or something along those lines but no. I’m talking about something here, right in front of us (being the tech community we are). It is the Samsung versus Apple war.

One of the notable battles between Apple and Samsung was the ban of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. It was claimed that Samsung copied “Apple’s innovative technology, distinctive user interfaces, and elegant and distinctive product and packaging design, in violation of Apple’s valuable intellectual property rights.” The court then proceeded to place a temporary ban on the sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. This ban was later lifted after Samsung appealed. Apple then headed to the High Court, trying to get this banned placed back on Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales, though that was denied.

Samsung Galaxy Tablet vs Apple iPad
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Apple and Samsung have been fighting over many other patent infringements other than the those relating to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple have claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S (original) was a copy of the iPhone and many of its features, though it turns out Apple were using a doctored image as evidence of this claim. Apple also said that the Galaxy S was not the only of Samsung’s products to have infringed on Apple’s patents, but most of their phone line-up, including Nexus S, Epic 4G, Captivate, and Indulge (most of which are US phones).

Samsung have also had a go at claiming patent violations by saying Apple have infringed on many of its patents throughout many of its iPhone products, including the iPhone 4S. These were said to be infringing on Samsung’s patents related to wireless and mobile technology. Samsung is seeking a ban on 4S sales in Australia, France and Italy. The Australian law suit will be taken to court around March next year.

The fight is being fought all over the world – in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Korea, Japan, the United States and Italy (just to name a few). And both sides have claimed some victories. Apple was able to get an injunction to block the sales of Samsung’s tablets in Germany while a ban in the United States fell through.

The whole irony of this war, is that Samsung is a major supplier for Apple’s devices, producing the screens, and other parts for the pretty much every of Apple’s product lines. It is almost as if Apple feel they need to prove to themselves and others in the industry that they have power and ‘own’ the market, being phones and tablets, and have attempted this by taking on a company whose products can be found in any place from your pocket to your laundry.

– TS

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