Apple Files Two New Lawsuits Against Samsung In Germany: One Against 10 Phones, The Other Against 5 Tablets

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Apple Files Two New Lawsuits Against Samsung In Germany: One Against 10 Phones, The Other Against 5 Tablets

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The ridiculous and wasteful patent war continues, with a German court confirming that Apple has filed two new suits against Samsung. The first is against 10 phones including the SGSII, and the second against 5 tablets. Details are light at the moment, but evidently Apple is using these two (unsurprisingly very vague) patents in the smartphone suit: Yes, seriously – their patents are basically for a shape. Readers familiar with the current lawsuit situation in the tech world know the situation is violently out of control, and close followers of AP have heard my thoughts on just how … Official Android Police t-shirts are now on sale, with over 25 designs to call yours.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:Samsung Decides Galaxy Nexus Was Not Actually Designed To Avoid Apple Patents, “Doesn’t Know” How That Rumor Got Started, Nothing To See HereSamsung’s Mobile President: The Galaxy Nexus Was Designed With Patents In MindApple’s Plan To Sue The Pants Off Everyone Backfires: European Judge Issues Injunction, Rules That 3G-Enabled Apple Products Infringe On Motorola PatentGermany Halts Distribution Of Galaxy Tab 10.1 In Europe (Except Netherlands) In Apple Patent Lawsuit InjunctionApple Instructs Samsung On The Finer Points Of Tablet And Smartphone DesignApple Files Two New Lawsuits Against Samsung In Germany: One Against 10 Phones, The Other Against 5 Tablets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Can 17,000 Patents Help Android Win a Legal Cold War?

Can 17,000 Patents Help Android Win a Legal Cold War?

Un análisis muy interesante sobre la “guerra de patentes” (una guerra con muchos frentes) que se ha montado en torno (sobre todo) a  Android. Algunas “perlas” del lúcido análisis que podemos leer en el artículo:

This stark reality requires each company entering the mobile market to prepare for all-out war, and legal experts we’ve interviewed agree that Google failed to adequately protect Android from legal attack.

 the Motorola portfolio will put Google in good stead going forward, even if damage has been done to the Android ecosystem already. As long as Android lacks proper patent protection, Microsoft can demand licensing fees from hardware vendors. With a stronger patent portfolio, Google and partners could negotiate cross-licensing deals that don’t require payments.

Smartphones are relatively new, but will likely follow the path of more mature electronics industries, in which “you typically see large cross-licensing agreements between the big players because they’ve all got lots of patents the others are infringing,” Patras said. “They could all sue one another, they could all get injunctions against one another, and then you end up with products that have technology that’s 20 years old, and that’s not in anyone’s best interest.”

“The point of these lawsuits is to raise the price of Android so that it is no longer able to compete,” he said. If Google and partners have to pay licensing fees, or change functionality due to infringement findings, “then all of a sudden Android is not as strong a competitor.”