The Legal Battle Between Apple and Samsung

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With patent litigation that is fast turning into the technology industry favorite pastime, the ongoing legal battle between mobile handset giants, Apple and Samsung, which began in April 2011, now extends to several countries around the world with several different lawsuits being filed between the two companies. According Kane and Sherr (2011), in an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled Apple: Samsung Copied Design “Apple filed a lawsuit in the US District Court of Northern California that alleged that Samsung copied the look, product design, packaging and user interface of its products, violating its patent and trademarks.” Apple in its 38 page law suit claimed that “Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.” This case marked the beginning of a legal battle between the two that is currently on going. Samsung actively responded to the case and later filed a law suit against Apple. The two companies have filed several other lawsuits against each other which are resulting in a back and forth legal battle. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung are centered on the issue of patents. The legal battle began when Apple claimed Samsung had “violated their patents covering things like the “bounce back” effect when a user scrolls to the end of a list on the iPhone and iPad, and a way to distinguish between one-finger scrolling from two-finger gestures like the pinch-to-zoom that magnifies an image. Samsung was also found to have infringed Apple patents covering the physical design of the iPhone.” (Wingfield, 2012) In this specific case the jury, after deliberating for three days at a federal courthouse in San Jose, California returned a verdict stating that they found Samsung infringed on a series of Apple’s patents on mobile devices, awarding Apple over $1 billion in...
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