The announcement of the release of the iPhone5 and the craze it has brought about the global market hasn’t even lasted for a week and here we are seeing it possibly being dragged into the “Patent War” against Samsung.
In a report posted on a tech news site it stated that “Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models. Samsung plans to file a motion to amend its infringement contentions to address the iPhone 5 as soon as it has had a reasonable opportunity to analyze the device.”
Though we have seen both parties win respective lawsuits against the other, we could expect that this wouldn’t be the end of the battle. Given that the iPhone 5 isn’t escaping Samsung’s wrath, it isn’t far enough that the Galaxy S4 that does not even have a release date would also be included in this seemingly endless patent war.
As noted on another site, “Last month, a California court ordered Samsung to pay $1.05 billion for patent infringement. The South Korean firm has appealed the decision. Samsung, in a statement late Thursday, accused Apple of continuing to take “aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition”. It added: “Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”
So how long of a battle would this really be? apparently, I would have no idea. But a random guess tells me that this patent lawsuit is just the beginning as we have only seen the 5th iPhone from Apple inc. and the 3rd “Galaxy S” series from Samsung.
What’s the real intention behind these lawsuits anyways? would it be for better market share? Or is it a battle of making the other go bankrupt? This is the direct effect of being top dog in a global tech race. Looks like HTC,Nokia, and RIM wouldn’t be dipping their fingers into this, otherwise, all possible smartphone upgrades would be dissected and looked into by these giants-at-war. Better to keep the focus on the development of other bright ideas and breathtaking platforms for their gadgets as this patent war looks like it’s here for the long haul.
So who is infringing who’s patent in the first place? is Samsung infringing Apple or is it Apple infringing Samsung? Needless to say, Some consumers pretty much don’t mind who infringes who as long as they get their money’s worth it’s all good.
Last modified: September 21, 2012