The gloves are off in a California court room…well, the gloves would have to be off (unless they’re fingerless) if you want to use a touchscreen. But in any case—things are getting a bit dirty at Apple & Samsung’s Big Fat Lawsuit: The Sequel.
The whole thing officially started back in the summer of 2010, when Apple issued a warning to its rival stating concern that certain Samsung devices represented an infringement on Apple patents. They tried to reach a deal, negotiations broke down, and Apple filed a suit against Samsung calling the company, basically, a bunch of copycats. The verdict in the first trial was wholly in Apple’s favor—the jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages. There was an appeal, favorable to Samsung. Then, at the end of 2012, the U.S. Patent Office disputed some of Apple’s patents, including “pinch-to-zoom”—one of the most hotly contested, and lucrative, features. A retrial was set; some of Apple’s winnings were taken away by a judge; the retrial started; Apple won more damages against Samsung…
ANYWAY. The saga continues—and now the second U.S. trial is in full swing and it’s quite the soap opera:
— Nullstream (@NullstreamBlog) April 16, 2014
Samsung witness Wigdor pitching that autocorrect existed before Apple patented it using a patent filed in September 2007 #AppSung
— Josh Lowensohn (@Josh) April 15, 2014
Samsung documents: “We need to beat Apple to survive” http://t.co/FvU0AJd6HX
— Pocketnow (@Pocketnow) April 17, 2014
Samsung called their new phone the s5? I can almost smell the Apple lawsuit
— All Time Rebekah (@RebekahLoughlin) April 14, 2014
3 years into Apple vs. Samsung and you know what I’m still thinking?
Judge Judy could have wrapped this up in 30min. pic.twitter.com/xlGbEKIhR7
— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) April 15, 2014
#appsung trial: samsung would rather let ppl know that they’re selling crap w/ strong marketing than let them know that they’ve copied Apple
— Michael Andrew (@EliteReporter) April 15, 2014
Apple and Samsung is a pair of siblings, constantly fighting but rely on each other to survive.
— Jun Lin (@DamonJunLin) April 16, 2014