Apple Sues Samsung Over Mobile Device Case Designs

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Apple hit Samsung with a new patent infringement lawsuit in Australia, this time alleging the case designs for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and some of the company’s smartphones infringe on on its patents. The lawsuit alleges that Samsung is infringing on at least 10 Apple patents, according to Businessweek.

Apple says Samsung's mobile device cases infringe on its patentsApple says Samsung’s mobile device cases infringe on its patents

News of the new lawsuit came at the end of a hearing where Apple was hoping to delay a trial where Samsung is accusing it of infringing on 3G wireless patents it holds. Apple lawyer Stephen Burley told the Judge “This matter can’t be ready in time for March. It’d be unfair to Apple if the case were to be hurried on.”

The Judge will is considering Apple’s request, so for now the trial is still on schedule. A new hearing has been scheduled for February 3 where Judge Annabelle Bennett will review the evidence both companies have gathered before deciding whether or not to postpone the trial.

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.

A German court issued an injunction blocking the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the country, and the company lost an appeal to overturning that ruling. Apple was also awarded a temporary injunction through a Dutch court blocking the sale of some Galaxy devices in the European Union.

Samsung managed to overturn Apple’s injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country, and only days ago got its tablet onto store shelves.

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I can understand this if it has to do with the smart cover (it doesn’t) but anything else seems petty at first blush.


I get confused about which country uses which language to describe things.  Is this a patent as in an invention, or is it “trade dress” or “design community patent” which describes how something looks to prevent knock-off Prada bags, etc?

If it is a trade-dress type issue, I find it had to agree that the Samsung looks enough like the iPod to confuse people.  The ones I have seen have the massive “SAMSUNG” logo on the front and back, whereas the iPod has nothing on the front and an Apple logo on the back.

If they are mearly saying that the design has been copied, because it looks similar, that doesn’t wash with me, but until they release the patents that they say have been copied you can’t tell.

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