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Galaxy's big bang goes bust: judge halts sale of tablet
28/06/2012 - A US judge has ordered Samsung to stop selling the Galaxy 10.1 tablet pending the outcome of a claim that the device is a copy of the Apple iPad. Paul Elias
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US District Judge Lucy Koh said in an order on Tuesday that "Apple has established a strong" case that its iPad had been copied.
Koh had said at a previous hearing in December that the two products were "virtually indistinguishable", but she declined to take the dramatic step of prohibiting Galaxy sales.
She changed her mind after a federal appeal court told her to take another look at Apple's request for an injunction.
"Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products," Koh wrote in her order. She said Apple would be "irreparably harmed" if sales of the Galaxy 10.1 continued.
Samsung representatives did not respond to email requests for comment late on Tuesday.
Koh ordered Apple to post a $US2.6 million ($A2.59 million) bond in case it ultimately lost the case.
The case is part of a major patent battle between the two tech giants, who are scheduled to go to trial next month in San Jose.
Apple filed its lawsuit last year. The two companies are enmeshed in patent disputes around the globe about smartphones and handheld computers.
Apple has also accused the South Korean company of infringing patents related to the iPhone. Apple is seeking a similar injunction barring Samsung from selling one of its smartphones in the United States.
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Ross Williams | 28/06/2012 11:13 1
Did you know that Samsung outsold Apple in the first quarter? Did you know that Samsung actually manufactures the screens for Apple I-phone and I-pad? Maybe they should just stop supply and bring Apple to its knees. This is typical American business technique - establish a monopoly and then try to prevent any competition entering the market. Apple's claim is quite clearly outrageous. The I-pad is one of the worst computer dfevices that has ever been inflicted on mankind and the Samsung tablet is one of the best. Apple is just pissed that Samsung had the brains to go 'open access' while they are still locked into the restricted architecture of their laughable I-tunes platform access developed by the Control Freak that used to run the company. Take a look into your commercial crystal ball and you will see that Apple is going to become the next major casualty of the technology boom. This decade's version of Nokia. Apple should forget the Bully-boy tactics and get on with producing better devices. Their I-phones are now already 2 years behind.
John Range | 28/06/2012 11:57 2
There are more sales of pirated movies than legal copies - doesn't change the fact that pirated copies are illegal.Apple developed the iphone, Samsung and everyone else copied it and also brought out their own appstores. Apple developed the iPad, again, everyone copies it, but only Samsung makes an iWannabe device (iWannabe an iPad). The anti-Apple hatred and vitriol in Ross Williams' comment is mirrored in many othe forums. I can only suggest that perhaps the Samsung products need to come with complementary tranquilliser pills, so that owners can have rip-off copies but not feel quite so anxious about it.
Ross Williams | 28/06/2012 12:42 3
Oh dear, an Apple 'tragic'. i.e. another gullible Apple-ophile. The I-pad is a portable screen with some (very poor) applications, an apalling camera, and a 'captive' access platform (I-tunes)and a 'retarded' microprocessor - custom made for Apple addicts who will sacrifice freedom and access for a silly Logo. Samsung (and now many other manufacturers) on the other hand offers full-scale access to regular computing via USB and other connectivity. How blind/biased can you be? Regarding originality - using this argument, then there would be no choice of desktops, laptops, screens, TVs, DVD players or even cars - because the first person who made one owns it forever. In which case, Apple could never have 'invented' the I-pad because another company actually 'invented' the screen. In fact there is no such Intellectual Property Protection available (Patents) and Apple is just trying to protect its very lucrative market. Competition in this market place will only improve the products available to the consumer - and avoid the poor quality, low-service, low-feature and over-priced products produced by Apple. Did you know the ex-factory cost of an I-phone is less than $US70? So why does it cost up to $1000 here? Apple addicts are amongst the most exploited consumers on the Planet. yet they still want to defend the brand. You can't beat Market Brainwashing :-)
Kalon IndustrySearch | 28/06/2012 17:16 4
I find it difficult to see how the vast majority of electronic device technology is not "virtually indistinguishable" from a competitor's original version - how is this example so different from all the rest?
John Adrian | 28/06/2012 18:19 5
i agree with you john. we ourselves manufacture products that for years have been ripped off and copied. unfortunately we are not in a position to sue our competitors, but would if we were cashed up. one of our competitors in an advertising blitz had the audacity to coin this phrase " due to ever increasing demand we made this blah blah" making like they were the innovators, but we created the demand in the first place, so it irks me when another company does this. apple should go for the jugular.
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