“Apple Inc. says a U.S. appeals court hobbled its efforts to protect patented designs and features against copying by Samsung Electronics Co., its biggest competitor for smartphones and tablet computers,” Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg.

“The iPhone maker has asked the full complement of judges at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to review, at the same time, two appeals seeking to block sales of Samsung products that Apple says violate its patents. Panels of three judges typically hear appeals first, with the entire court sometimes stepping in when broad legal issues must be settled,” Decker reports. “‘The two cases would present an ideal vehicle for eliminating the uncertainty regarding when a patentee can prevent a competitor from trespassing on its patented innovations,’ Apple told the court in a filing Jan. 16.”

Decker reports, “Apple, which claims that Samsung ‘slavishly’ copied the iPhone and iPad tablet computer, claims a Federal Circuit ruling is hindering its efforts to get court orders that would force Samsung to change its products or remove certain models from the market. Samsung denies copying Apple’s devices.”

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MacDailyNews Take: “Samsung denies copying Apple’s devices.” That tells you all you need to know about Samsung’s character and business ethics or lack thereof.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

By the way, here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone