Apple Sues Samsung Again Over Tablets and Cases

By , Dec 20, 2011

The legal battle between Apple and Samsung never seems to end. Today Apple sued Samsung again in Sydney, Australia, claiming that Samsung’s phones and tablets infringe on its design patents.

While both companies have sued each other over similar claims in recent months (totaling over 30 different lawsuits across 4 continents), Apple has brought more cases of infringement before the court this time around.

Bloomberg reports:

Apple Inc., which on Dec. 9 lost a bid to keep Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy 10.1 tablet out of Australia, claims the case for the device and cases for Samsung phones infringe its patents and registered design.

Apple issued the notice of infringement to Samsung in Australia over the cases, and will file a statement of claim, Apple’s lawyer Stephen Burley said at a hearing in Sydney today. Samsung’s lawyer Katrina Howard said at the same hearing the company was served with the notice that the cases infringe at least 10 patents.

While the exact details of Apple’s new complaints are unclear, we are inclined to believe that it all has something to do with Samsung’s blatant copying of Apple’s Smart Cover design, as shown in the above picture. Samsung called its case for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 a “Smart Case” and then pulled it once the media got involved.

If anything, all of these lawsuits prove how much value these companies place on their intellectual property. For a comprehensive look at the Apple vs. Samsung legal disputes, see this infographic.

Both companies have resorted to mudslinging, with Samsung taking cheap shots at Apple in recent commercials. If you want a really good laugh, check out Apple’s suggestions for how Samsung could make a tablet that doesn’t infringe on any patents.

We wish that these two companies would settle and start putting all of the money that’s being spent in the courtroom towards making great products.

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  • Anonymous

    All hope in humanity has been lost. Will this ever end?

    Not only Tim Cook never shows up, but seems like he’s sitting all day pressing a goddamn “Sue” button.

    • Kusumajaya NA

      This will end when the two companies file for bankruptcy. Not because they can’t sell their products, but because they are unable to pay the lawyer and lawsuit fees.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ANGOmarcello Angelo

    Ok this time Apple is right. It’s obviously stolen.

  • Anonymous

    Wow samsung’s smart case really looks like smart cover

  • Ignacio Irigoyen

    I didn’t agree with Apple lawsuit until now, I mean come on, are they going to say this is the natural evolution too?

    If a company is suing your ass every 5 minutes because it says your are coping their designs, at lease try to prove them wrong with ONE product

  • Dan

    I gotta admit that I’m with apple on this one, Samsung could of changed the look a bit there…

  • http://www.facebook.com/randle1 Phil Randle

    Its a dead set copy. Before apple released the smart case, most cases weren’t designed like this, samsung could have used one of those, its obvious that they are trying to copy the successful areas of the iPad 2. If i am not mistaken I am pretty sure the Galaxy tab uses a dock connector that looks identical to apple’s or has this since been changed the Mini USB?

    I dont support all these lawsuits, but Apple spends a lot of time and money on R & D, if it takes this to protect your intellectual property then so be it, the more this leans into Apple’s favour it should be better for consumers then Samsung will be forced to innovate, not take the ‘designs’ from Apple and just throw a bunch of Supercharged parts inside.

  • Kok Hean

    Even if the companies benefit from all this suing, I’m sure people are sick about it.