“In a posthumous triumph for the late Steve Jobs, one of his more than 300 patents — a patent on touchscreen heuristics — just helped Apple score a major legal win in Australia that lends momentum to its patent enforcement efforts against Samsung at a critical juncture,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.
“The Federal Court of Australia ordered an interim injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 over strong suspicions of the infringement of two technical invention patents,” Mueller reports. “The interim injunction will be in force until the court resolves the matter in a full-blown main proceeding, at which point in time the product will likely be obsolete in this rapidly-evolving market.”
Mueller reports, “The patents at issue are not tablet-specific. They are very broad and can hardly be worked around, unlike various other intellectual property rights that Apple asserted and Samsung recently engineered around. After today’s decision, I believe no company in the industry be able to launch any new Android-based touchscreen product in Australia anytime soon without incurring a high risk of another interim injunction. The two patents on which today’s ruling is based aren’t Galaxy Tab 10.1-specific at all. They will affect all Android-based smartphones and tablet computers, across all vendors.”
Much more in the full article – recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: Android’s chickens have finally begun coming home to roost.