The iPhone 5 hasn't even been officially introduced yet, and Samsung's pulling out its guns — patent guns, to be precise. The Korean electronics giant that Apple has been suing hard as of late plans to fight fire with fire and aims to ban sales of the soon-to-be iPhone 5 shortly after it launches in South Korea.
So let me get this straight. Company A patents a technology. Company S uses this technology. Company A sues Company S for co-opting its patents, and the courts (so far) agree — and Company A is the bad guy? Yes, I'm talking about what happened at IFA last week. Even though I was at IFA, I missed Samsung removing all evidence of the existence of its just-announced Galaxy Tab 7.7 after a Dusseldorf district court granted Apple's injunction like Josef Stalin removed Leon Trotsky (amongst others) from all Soviet history. I was busy touring the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, then wandering around historic Potsdam, thinking all the action at the Messe Berlin fairgrounds was kaput. Oops. Yet, when my compatriot Michael Trei passed along the report of Samsung's embarrassment from my fellow IFA traveler Chris Davies of SlashGear, who obviously stayed on the job over the weekend (show-off), he was flamed by many who called Apple a bully because they saw Apple's multi-touch patents akin to patenting a wave of your hand. Sorry, Apple-haters. Not only are you objectively and demonstrably wrong, you're wrong at the top of your voice. Apple may well be a bully in a host of business dealings (and it is), but multi-touch technology — in fact, ALL simple-looking technology — is a mite more complicated than your dismissive gesture of flipping the bird at Apple.
Things aren't looking very good for Samsung. A German court upped the design lawsuit stakes by permanently banning it from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Germany, calling its design too similar to Apple's iPad. Get ready for oval tablets.
You know what they say. What goes around comes around. For Apple, who's made a case of suing Samsung for ripping off its iPhone and iPad designs, it's now facing a new patent infringement claim by HTC.
Trouble in tablet-land! Apple has sued Samsung for intellectual property violations for its Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab and other touchscreen products. Awkward!