“On Friday, the decision of the Federal Court of Australia to grant Apple a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was published, with a very few passages redacted out. It’s a long document,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents. “I pasted the content of that HTML page into a word processor, and it filled 65 pages. But it’s definitely one of the most interesting court orders I have read in connection with mobile devices.”
“I have always assumed — based on what Steve Jobs said last year when Apple sued HTC and on Apple’s litigation tactics — that Apple didn’t start all of this Android-related litigation just to walk away with a $5-per-unit kind of license deal,” Mueller reports. “Apple optimizes for product differentiation. Apple isn’t Microsoft, which concluded a license deal with Samsung as well as eight other Android device makers. Those two companies have different business models in general and with respect to patents in particular.”
Mueller reports, “A few months ago I wrote in another post (on the BRIC countries possibly becoming a safe haven for Android) that ‘a deal under which Apple would let Android off the hook’ would come with conditions including that ‘some patents would probably still be kept exclusively.’ And thanks to the Australian court ruling, I can now say with certainty that this is what Apple communicated to Samsung.”
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