Apple Moves to Block Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in Japan

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Apple’s patent infringement battle with Samsung has  taken another turn in Japan with the iPad maker asking a court to block sales of the Galaxy Tab 7 tablet and Galaxy S and S II smartphones in the country, according to Reuters.

Apple and Samsung have been locked in a legal battle over patent infringement claims for several months. Both companies have alleged that the other’s mobile devices use patented technologies without proper licensing, and have filed lawsuits against each other in the U.S. and other countries.

Apple v Samsung, in Japan!Apple wants to block Galaxy Tab sales in Japan

Samsung filed a lawsuit against Apple in Japan in April over allegations that the iPhone and iPad maker is using mobile communication patents it owns without proper licensing. Apple countersued in August claiming Samsung is blatantly copying the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad with its Android-based tablets and smartphones.

Apple has already been awarded temporary injunctions blocking the sale of some Samsung products in Germany and other parts of the European Union, and Samsung has agreed to postpone its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet launch in Australia until the end of September. Apple is also hoping to win a preliminary injunction against Samsung in the United States.

Along with a sales ban in Japan, Apple is asking the court 100 million yen (about US$1.3 million) in damages.

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Really doesn’t look all this countersuing is deterring Apple in the least.


I believe the ‘patent’ was developed to protect the rights of the individual inventor(s) for some period, and thus encourage publishing ideas to spur progress.  Today patents are bought, sold and traded by the ton via huge faceless conglomerates to gain competitive advantage and suppress competition.  Only the rich can play.

What became of the individual inventors?


Dear Ion_Quest:  You are wrong.  Patents and other IP have for centuries been understood to be property that, like other types of property, could and would be bought, sold, licensed, and traded.  It is that alienability of an inventor or author’s IP rights that makes them valuable.  It has always been so, thus providing an incentive to authors and inventors by providing them with exclusive IP rights that make their patents, copyrights, and marks in their inventions and creative works valuable in the market. 

Otherwise, the only way that inventors and authors could profits from their creative work would be to personally exploit them, which is something that a great many authors and inventors have neither the talent or means to do.

And it appears that Samsung will soon need to rely on that aleinability of IP rights to acquire from Google some patents that it hopes will defend it from Apple’s onslaught.


Tis a complicated hayfield these days, Ion_Quest.

Apple is a bit of the pit bull and so it should be. It has learned to jig past old mistakes. Samsung really doesn’t seem to know what to do. I suspect it has its hands in so many cookie jars from ships to electronics that cultures bleed does not make for clear thinking. Brag, bewail and the blather seems to be adolescent behaviour Samsung is good at. Finesse, flair and the figurative bests it easily. Sumo can’t compete with dance in this spar.


WRONG eh?  I guess you folks never contributed a valuable invention or received a patent for your efforts.  If you have, did you feel adequately appreciated relative to the business and legal types involved.  My point was that the actual ‘inventor’ seems to be lost in the modern process.  Might as well leave his/her name off the patent application.

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