Samsung countersues Apple in Australia alleging patent infringement over iPhone and iPad 2

“Samsung Electronics Co. widened a sprawling global patent dispute with Apple Inc. by filing a countersuit in Australia, while also appealing a key ruling in Germany,” Min-Jeong Lee reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The South Korean company said Saturday it has filed a lawsuit against Apple in Australia, alleging iPhone smartphones and the iPad 2 tablet computer violate multiple wireless technology patents it holds,” Lee reports. “The move follows a pattern in other countries, where Samsung has launched legal action against Apple over technology patents after being sued by the U.S. company for allegedly copying the design of Apple’s smartphones and tablets.”

Lee reports, “The counter claim comes ahead of a ruling later this month over whether Samsung will be prevented from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 computer in Australia. Apple took the Korean electronics maker to court in Sydney earlier this year, claiming the tablet computer breaches patents related to the iPad.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Once again, Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

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11 Comments

  1. MDN should take a clearer, harder stance on this. The first time I saw a Samsung smartphone (a Captivate?), I thought they had done a pretty darn impressive job of making an iPhone clone. I assume their tablet (a Galaxy?) is the same–a clone of the iPad. Geez, Samsung is an Apple contract supplier, anyone who doesn’t see this connection is, well, pretty naive. All you have to do is compare the Samsung “campus” in Korea with Apple’s: the only reason why Samsung can spew out clone attempt after clone attempt is because its “campus” is in reality a barracks for quasi-slave labor. With Koreans reproducing like rabbits, the value of human life is so low that they’re willing to work 12 hours a day for a couple of carrots. Samsung’s essence as a tech company is to force products down to the lowest common denominator, indeed a ‘commodity’. For such a company the only kind of innovation going on is how crafty they can get with stealing from real innovators.

    1. “… Samsung’s essence as a tech company is to force products down to the lowest common denominator, indeed a ‘commodity…”

      Samsung does maintain a very high level of quality in the areas in which they compete. There is no doubt, for instance, that Samsung makes some of the best televisions and monitors on the market.

      That being said, I felt the Samsung mobile products took a sudden shift to look exactly like Apple’s mobile products as well.

      I hope they can resolve this. It’s only going to get worse.

      1. Actually South Korea has a population of almost 50 million, with a size about that of Indiana. The population of South Korea just 50 years ago–less than one lifetime–was less than half that. Now, what do you think the value of the individual person is like in a country crammed with so many people in so short a time? Well, just enough for a company like Samsung to cram you into a barrack, and to force slave wages and slave working conditions on you. Samsung as a company has its essence in these kinds of social conditions, it can spew out dozens of iPhone knockoffs at a dizzying rate, hoping that something will stick with sheeple consumers around the world.

  2. Are you insane how can you be so ignorant ant stupid at the same time? I am not talking about Samsung stealing Apples design, but to talk about people of the whole country???
    I tis because of things, and I can not say people like you because you are a thing, people like me have to suffer and pretend that we are Canadians. Korea have at least 2000 years of history As a county. And they buying iPhones and iPars like crazy, but it have nothing to do with our topic…

    1. It is really difficult to understand what you are saying.
      The way you type english who would believe you are Canadian.
      Why are you getting offended about him talking about the people of Korea? Koreans strive for sameness and conformity. Anyone who is different or stands out is shunned. If you act as one we will see you as one.

      2000 years of history? Whats your point? Basically the same things happened over and over. Koreans may have a lot of history but they don’t learn from it. For example recent history. Almost every large korean corporate today got to be as powerful as it did by being dishonest, cunning, canniving and copying. Including Samsung. Even though the government supports these corporations it doesn’t trust them because of this behavior/ philosophy

      Samsung is now in a world of hurt because they copied from the wrong company. Apple is not some second or third rate Korean business with no power or ability to defend itself. Korean companies have little to no experience with this kind of legal action. Thats why Samsung’s attempts to counter Apple are feeble, ill-conceived, ineffective, random and pretty childish.
      If Samsung is the best thing Korea has offer then Koreans should prepare to get left further behind.

      Koreans are buying iPads, iPhones and iPods like crazy. But the reasoning is not yet clear.

  3. Ha! The idea of Samsung as innovator is funny and unsupportable – but Koreans are not known for their sense of humour. They are brilliant manufacturers, nothing more – but still haven’t woken up to the harsh reality that the Korean way of getting in fast with a near enough copy doesn’t hack it on the world stage – at least when you have a smart opponent like Apple.

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