“Apple’s tablet and smartphone patents are so broad that virtually all major competitors could be targeted by the company if it is successful in its legal tussle with Samsung,” Asher Moses reports for The Age. “Intellectual property experts say Samsung would have to significantly hobble the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the Australian market if it hopes to avoid infringing Apple’s patents.”

“Florian Mueller, an intellectual property expert who has been intimately following the smartphone patent battles around the world via his blog, said the patents cited by Apple in this case would have to be declared invalid by the court or ‘Samsung won’t be able to build a Galaxy Tab 10.1 that consumers want to buy,'” Moses reports. “The patents are so broad that they cover the basics of multi-touch gestures – both the hardware and software implementations – and functions like slide to unlock and list scrolling. Mueller said the fact that Samsung had agreed to hold back its launch of the Tab indicated it believes Apple’s case has merit.”

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Moses reports, “Kimberlee Weatherall, an Australian intellectual property lawyer, blogger and academic, agreed with Mueller. She said while some of the patents in the case related to specific Apple features – such as the way that lists and websites scroll on the iPhone, including the bounce when you get to the bottom – others were far more general and covered most multi-touch gestures used on the screen. ‘If that [patent] claim is valid, that would be quite a restriction on the look and feel of an alternative tablet,’ she said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: This time around there’s no poorly-written contract signed by an unprepared sugared water salesbozo for those inclined to rip-off Apple’s IP to hide behind. Google will rue the day they decided to get greedy by working against Apple instead of with them.

We’ve been pushing the state-of-the-art in every facet of design… We’ve been innovating like crazy for the last few years on this and we’ve filed for over 200 patents for all of the inventions in iPhone. And we intend to protect them.Apple CEO Steve Jobs when unveiling iPhone, January 9, 2007

We like competition as long as they don’t rip off our IP, in which case we will go after them. We will not stand for having our IP ripped-off and we will use any weapons at our disposal [to stop it].Apple COO Tim Cook, January 21, 2009