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Samsung: Apple Patent Wars a 'Loss' for Industry, Innovation

By - Source: Engadget | B 18 comments

Two technology giants have been locked in several lawsuits for years.

Samsung has emphasized that Apple's patent wars with the South Korean manufacturer is "a loss" for the industry and innovation.

David Eun, the executive vice president at Samsung’s Open Innovation Center, recently spoke about the company's relationship with Apple at the D:Dive Into Media 2013 conference. He stated that the legal battles with Apple have been "a loss" for both the industry and innovation as a whole.

The comments come after a report suggested that Apple CEO Tim Cook objected to launching a lawsuit against Samsung due to their business relationship, but was ultimately overruled by co-founder Steve Jobs.

Either way, Samsung has stated that it's willing to make peace with Apple, but "the ball's in their court." It also withdrew its ban request pertaining to Apple products in Europe in December 2012. It said that it made the decision in order to "protect consumer choice."

Following Apple's $1.05 billion lawsuit victory against Samsung in court back in August, the two have been locked in several court cases pertaining to said ruling. Ultimately, the judge denied Samsung a re-trial, but also rejected Apple's request to triple the former's damages as it was ruled that Samsung didn't willingly infringe on its competitor's patents.

Samsung and Apple will now meet in a forthcoming mega trial, which is scheduled to commence during March 2014.

 

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  • 23 Hide
    drbaltazar , February 13, 2013 4:42 PM
    Samsung is right,on the long term it dum down the technologies world.everybody is like ,why bother we ll be sued anyway.check Kodak.they were weak financially and some wanted to sue Kodak to finish them off.
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    sliem , February 13, 2013 4:47 PM
    War... war never changes.
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    edogawa , February 13, 2013 5:44 PM
    RADIO_ACTIVEWait till North Korea nukes the south.... then Apple will have won the "war" lol /jk


    Not really funny, to be honest.

    Samsung is correct too, Apple needs to go away, permanently, they are crazy.
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  • 23 Hide
    drbaltazar , February 13, 2013 4:42 PM
    Samsung is right,on the long term it dum down the technologies world.everybody is like ,why bother we ll be sued anyway.check Kodak.they were weak financially and some wanted to sue Kodak to finish them off.
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    sliem , February 13, 2013 4:47 PM
    War... war never changes.
  • 12 Hide
    milktea , February 13, 2013 4:52 PM
    The only way Apple could slow down Samsung is by lawsuit. Apple is just too slow, and be left in the dust by the market.
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    edogawa , February 13, 2013 5:44 PM
    RADIO_ACTIVEWait till North Korea nukes the south.... then Apple will have won the "war" lol /jk


    Not really funny, to be honest.

    Samsung is correct too, Apple needs to go away, permanently, they are crazy.
  • 4 Hide
    lifelesspoet , February 13, 2013 5:58 PM
    If you want to read a lot of apple articles on tom's, he linked himself 7 times.
  • 11 Hide
    bllue , February 13, 2013 5:59 PM
    Apple has set us back in terms of innovation. We could've been much farther
  • 4 Hide
    ubercake , February 13, 2013 6:14 PM
    The truth about apple setting things back is startups, small businesses and medium sized businesses have to spend their entire budget in litigation against apple lawyers even if they may have won the case.

    Apple is spending tons of cash on patents and protecting every common idea known to man.
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    hausman , February 13, 2013 6:28 PM
    (sorry if this ends up a double post... I don't see it):

    It's been said before, but the issue isn't so much Apple, but more with the US patent system at large. When they will issue a patent for practically anything, innovative or not, the recipient has the right to sue on its infringement.

    I don't agree with the system, or the heavy-handed legal pursuit of Apple or other already mega-rich corporations trying to force a monopoly and stifle creativity and competition. Something must change... something that will protect the inventor but not allow leverage for frivolous corporate lawsuits.
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    InvalidError , February 13, 2013 6:41 PM
    edogawaSamsung is correct too, Apple needs to go away, permanently, they are crazy.

    The USPTO needs a major overhaul. The burden of proof to get patents approved should be much higher, ideally subject to review by qualified professionals in the specific or closely related innovation domain rather than common pencil pushers.

    This may increase the costs of filing patents by 10X but should reduce frivolous patents and related lawsuits along with drag on innovation by at least that much as well.

    With all the patent stupidity getting thrown around, companies wishing to bring new products to market will be wasting most of their efforts researching patents and ways to get around them than developing their new products, which is a shame and not what patents were supposed to be for when the very principle was invented.
  • 2 Hide
    COLGeek , February 13, 2013 7:07 PM
    This argument applies to the tech sector, in general, regardless of the companies involved. This new paradigm of "success through litigation" only serves the patent holders and stifles innovation. Sad way to do business...
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , February 13, 2013 7:17 PM
    edogawaNot really funny, to be honest.Samsung is correct too, Apple needs to go away, permanently, they are crazy.

    LOL you thought I like Apple... trust me I am with you, these patent lawsuits are a joke, Apple is not the only one abbusing the system either. I was just poking fun at their "war", when there is an actual threat of nuclear war from N. Korea being there latest nuclear testing that hit the news.
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    Anonymous , February 13, 2013 8:31 PM
    Samsung said in another interview that are happy NOT to innovate and just follow the market. They concede innovation to Apple.
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    ricdiculus , February 13, 2013 8:35 PM
    sacreThe only phone I seen recently thats actually different and brings something new to the table is that concept that had the OLED screen wrap around the one side, thats new, thats cool.


    Umm... wasn't that Samsung's prototype? (maybe I'm remembering it wrong)
  • 1 Hide
    kartu , February 13, 2013 9:20 PM
    Steve Jobs threatened Palm with patent suit to enforce no-hire policy.
    This sentence explains what US patent and legal systems really are...
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    Soda-88 , February 14, 2013 11:46 AM
    I heard that Apple is unrivaled in innovation and has no limits couple of days ago.
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    john_e , February 14, 2013 7:05 PM
    Soda-88I heard that Apple is unrivaled in innovation and has no limits couple of days ago.


    You got to be kidding me. Samsung is huge Apple is nothing compared to Samsung. As far as innovation Samsung innovates and competes in every business sector. Samsung is not just TV or semi conductor chips, or phones its much much more then that.



    Electronics industries

    Samsung Electro-Mechanics
    Samsung SDI
    Samsung Corning Precision Materials
    Samsung SDS
    Samsung Techwin
    Samsung Mobile Display
    Samsung Digital Imaging

    Machinery & Heavy Industries

    Samsung Heavy Industries

    Chemical Industries

    Samsung Total Petrochemicals
    Samsung Petrochemicals
    Samsung Fine Chemicals
    Samsung BP Chemicals



    financial services

    Samsung Life Insurance
    Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance
    Samsung Card
    Samsung Securities
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    Other Affiliated Companies

    Samsung C&T Corporation
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    Cheil Industries
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    The Shilla Hotels & Resorts
    Cheil Worldwide
    S1 Corporation
    Samsung Medical Center
    Samsung Human Resources Development Center
    Samsung Economics Research Institute
    Samsung Lions
    The Ho-Am Foundation
    Samsung Foundation of Culture
    Samsung Welfare Foundation
    Samsung Life Public Welfare Foundation
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    Idonno , February 18, 2013 8:03 AM
    I'm just glad Steve Jobs is dead. Maybe his legacy will follow.