“Apple sued Samsung yesterday, the latest in a long line of IP lawsuits against Android device manufacturers,” Nilay Patel writes for This is my next. “The case is remarkable for several reasons, not least because Samsung is one of Apple’s critical component suppliers: the Korean giant manufactures everything from DRAM and SSDs for MacBook Pros to the A4 and A5 processors in the iPhone, iPod touch, Apple TV, and iPad.”
“The immediate takeaway is exactly as Florian Mueller tweeted: Apple isn’t afraid to sue anyone when it comes to protecting its IP. You might also surmise that Apple demanded Samsung stop infringing its IP or pay a royalty and Samsung refused; a filed complaint is generally just evidence that more cordial negotiations failed,” Patel writes. “But that’s the easy reaction to the simple fact of Apple suing Samsung.”
Patel writes, “The real dirt is in the complaint itself, which was filed on the 15th and made public today. It’s actually quite interesting, both because of the claims themselves and their structure — this lawsuit is as much about TouchWiz and Samsung’s penchant for lifting design elements as it is about the core of Android.”
Much, much more in the full article – recommended – here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “krquet” for the heads up.]