Apple Seeks $2.5 Billion from Samsung
Forced to pay $60 million for the iPad trademark in China, Apple now wants to get $2.5 billion from Samsung accusing this company of stealing its tablet computer design with the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The patent dispute between the two tech giants has become big news lately. The U.S. patent may bring Apple a jaw-dropping $2.5 billion. America is against South Korea, and the trial starts Monday in a San Jose.
The Two-Side Conflict
Sure, the Cupertino, California-based company is unlikely to get all this money. It might not even win the case, since Apple wished to receive a huge amount while Samsung, on its turn, wishes to get levy in damages for every iOS gadget sold. This South Korean company believes that Apple infringes on its patents too.
The $2.5 billion is, of course, too much to ask for resolving a dispute. Besides, if it happens so that somehow Apple wins this battle, it would become the biggest “patent victory in history,” an expert states.
Ridiculous Fight over Tablet Design
The similar patent dispute has been held in Australia recently. The judge said that the conflict between Samsung and Apple was “ridiculous,” while another judge from the U.K. stated that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 didn’t infringe on the iOS device since it was not “as cool” and asked Apple to advertise its gadgets in mass media saying that the South Korean company didn’t infringe on Apple’s patents.
Analysts say that this case is not all about money since either side will most likely not get what it wants to get. Both American and South Korean companies had defeats and victories in the past. Their products were banned in courts for a short while and then the sales were officially allowed again.
iPad vs. Galaxy Tab
What can experts say about the iPad design? It has a rectangle shape. Does it mean that no other companies but Apple are allowed to design tablets that look like a rectangle? Of course, it doesn’t.
Does Samsung really reap bunch of dollars from Apple? How long with these tech giants accuse each other of ripping of the design or infringing on each other’s patents? We’ll keep looking after their conflicts in the future.
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