In the latest Samsung-Apple battle, Apple gained first place and the spotlight for the months to come. The main reason behind this flawless victory is the U.S. appeals court decided that Samsung devices should have been completely banned from using some patented features. So we must give credit where credit is due and congratulate our new winner.
The court order stated that Cupertino was entitled to an Apple-patented technology injuction which Samsung used for some cheat tests. We are talking about autocorrect, quick links and the slide to unlock feature. Simply put, it looks like Samsung wanted to cheat their way to victory and they failed, giving Apple the easy win.
But this duel did not take place just now. It all goes way back to 2011, but what triggered it was the fact that Apple was awarded with $120 million for their patent infringement. Ever since then, Apple asked for a Samsung ban on infringing technology that was used on its devices. The court did not honor the request back then.
But Apple did not give up, and when they requested it for the second time this week, the court decided to take their side. The case is said to be heading back to the lower court because some think it requires reconsideration. But it is quite difficult to come back from it now. The deed is officially done.
In the meantime, the court declared that Samsung’s injunction request was not at all outrageous. Apple’s intentions were not to ban all Samsung devices which were using the infringing features, but it wanted Samsung to delete them in order to make things fair. Moreover, Apple also permitted a 30-day period of grace, which Samsung could have used to their advantage and look into a stable solution.
After the event, neither Samsung nor Apple responded to comment requests, but what Samsung previously declared to Boomberg was that they “want to reassure our millions of loyal customers that all of our flagship smartphones, which are wanted and loved by American consumers, will remain for sale and available for customer service support in the U.S”.
It remains to be seen whether this statement will remain true or not and if Samsung will continue to give their customers what they want. But what I crystal clear at the moment is that Apple has a strong grip on Samsung and it is going to remain like that for a while.
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