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Patents

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
australia, galaxy tab, ipad, patents, tablets

Companies:
apple, samsung



Apple Continues To Scream To The World How Competitive Samsung's Tablet Is By Getting It Banned In Australia

from the what-are-they-missing dept

Honestly, I'm at a loss to explain Apple's patent lawsuits against Samsung, which seem mainly targeted at the company's Galaxy Tab 10.1 product, which competes directly with the iPad. Having spent time with both devices, I can say that they're certainly competitive. The hardware is pretty similar, but Apple's software is still miles ahead on the tablet form-factor, though I'm sure Android will at least start to get better now that more tablets are on the market. But, really, all Apple has done with this lawsuit is to signal to the world (loudly) that hey, we're really freaking scared that Samsung has built a better product than we have.

The latest in the worldwide legal fight is that Apple has convinced Australia to block the sale of the device in that country, while it reviews some of Apple's more ridiculous patent claims -- such as for "slide to unlock," "pinch-to-zoom," and... for the "edge bounce" feature that happens when you hit the "bottom" or "top" of a document. Seriously, Apple? Get over it. People copy design elements all the time. Apple has done it as well. And the end result is everyone works hard to make a great new product. Going after Samsung for making a quality competitor just looks petty. Go compete in the marketplace.

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    Nicedoggy, 3 Aug 2011 @ 6:15am

    I think Jobs is thinking about second chances when he screwed up with the APPLE II, which sold for almost 30 years and became a legend among geeks everywhere, but was beaten by IBM that put out an open platform(i.e. the PC) to counter Apple.

    Now history repeats itself and the iPhone is being sunk by another open platform.

    So what do the guy do?
    Close everything and start doing the same crap that eroded Apple's market in the 80's again, but with gusto this time.

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