Apple and Samsung are currently fighting over patent rights in court. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) claims that Samsung stole their patents and the latter is throwing counterclaims at the former.
The lawsuit was first filed by Apple in April 2011. About two-and-a-half months later, Samsung filed a countersuit which claimed that Apple stole five of their patents. Unfortunately, this put Samsung at a disadvantage because they did not meet up with Apple prior to filing the litigation nor did they look for a way to resolve the issue beforehand.
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Samsung recently has made some important changes with their company as they’ve finally got a leg up in the smartphone industry and now they own a portfolio of patents. Although it’s easy to see how Apple believes that Samsung copied them, it’s not so easy to see the reverse situation. Perhaps, Samsung is just throwing a countersuit to protect their own brand and save face.
This report doesn’t indicate that it’s a clear win for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Earlier this week, one California judge denied Apple’s request for a sanction against Samsung. But when Samsung tried to bring two more pieces of evidence on their behalf, the judge nixed that as well. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) claimed that Samsung was trying to sway the jury in their favor but they claimed that the evidence was already part of the public records.
This courtroom battle could go on for a long time. There is no word on when we can expect this lawsuit to end.
While it’s admirable that Samsung is sticking up for themselves by trying to provide evidence that could work to it’s favor, it still doesn’t look so good for the company. I’m still not so sure why Samsung didn’t try to work out matters with Apple beforehand as it would have saved them a lot more money and time in the long run.