In Round Two, Apple Succeeds In Getting Samsung Tablet Banned In The US
from the who-wants-one-now dept
Apple has continued its legal effort to make it clear to the world that the best tablet you can buy… is a Samsung Galaxy Tab. Honestly, I’m still at a loss to understand Apple’s strategy in suing Samsung because its Galaxy Tab looks too much like Apple’s iPad, and (Apple claims) infringes on its design patent. Apple had succeeded in getting sales of the device blocked in Europe and Australia, but had a bit more trouble in the US. The district court had rejected the injunction saying that letting sales continue wouldn’t be harmful to Apple. However, CAFC, the appeals court that loves patents and never sees anything wrong with them, sent it back telling the district court to try again — so this time around an injunction has been issued.
As I’ve said before, all this is really doing is signalling, repeatedly, to the market which tablet Apple thinks is the closest in terms of a competitor to the iPad. The whole thing is really silly of course. Apple could (and should) focus on just competing with the Galaxy Tab in the market. Make a better product and sell it. Forcing a competitor out of the market because it looks similar really highlights how insecure Apple is concerning its own products, and how easy it thinks others can compete with it.