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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    JEDIDIAH, 3 Aug 2011 @ 3:00pm

    Of course you hate your would be kidnapper.

    Your blithering about lame patents is irrelevant.

    Apple isn't providing what people want. When others choose to, Apple responds with dirty tricks rather than improving their own product.

    This is the exact opposite of liberty and a free market.

    Apple should be free to do their own thing. Just don't force the rest of us to put up with their crap.

    When I buy a Samsung product, it's for all of the reasons why it is quite unlike an Apple product.

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