“Jobs, of course, had an answer to all this: a ‘thermo-nuclear’ legal war that would keep clones off the market. Yet nearly two years after Apple first filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung, and six months after it won a huge legal victory over its South Korean rival, Apple’s chances of blocking the sale of Samsung products are growing dimmer by the day,” Gupta, Kim and Levine report. “Indeed, a series of recent court rulings suggests that the smartphone patent wars are now grinding toward a stalemate, with Apple unable to show that its sales have been seriously damaged when rivals, notably Samsung, imitated its products.”
Gupta, Kim and Levine report, “That, in turn, may usher in a new phase in the complex relationship between the two dominant companies in the growing mobile computing business. Tim Cook, Jobs’ successor as Apple chief executive, was opposed to suing Samsung in the first place, according to people with knowledge of the matter, largely because of that company’s critical role as a supplier of components for the iPhone and the iPad. Apple bought some $8 billion worth of parts from Samsung last year, analysts estimate.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Some “stalemate.” Last we looked at the molasses-covered glacier some call a “legal system,” Samsung had been forced to pull numerous products off store shelves in select markets around the world, forced to design inferior workarounds due having been found to stealing Apple’s IP that further retarded their devices’ UIs vs. iOS, and is down some $1.05 billion in a major patent infringement case loss.
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