Virtually everyone on the planet is now aware of the huge battle going on between Samsung and Apple. It’s fair to say, it’s been going on a while. And, although Apple has seen some success in the States, it’s not had the same fortune internationally. In the UK it was forced to write an apology stating that Samsung’s Tab was not a copy of the iPad. In Australia, the case is so complicated and involves so many unique patents that the court has had to go with a two-judge system.
As noted by AppleInsider:
Apple counsel Stephen Burley said Monday’s hearing was “the first time in the history of the Federal Court” that two judges presided over an initial case. Justice Annabelle Bennett, who has been part of the proceedings since the case began in 2011, is being joined by Justice David Yates in an attempt to sift through the mire of complex patents and filings.
In total Apple is targeting 9 Samsung phones and two tablets. That may not sound like much, but, in total there are 120 infringement claims and 19 properties being asserted. Sammy has countered with claims of 7 wireless patents being infringed. The biggest difference – as we’ve read a few times – is that Samsung’s patents are all Standards Essential, and the company has simply refused to license them to Apple at a fair price. Also known as a FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) agreement.
It’s not the first time Apple’s been involved in an Australian suit against Samsung. In 2011, Cupertino successfully got the Tab 10.1 banned. Later on – however – the Korean tech giant successfully appealed the decision, and overturned the appeal.
We’ll keep tabs on this case as it develops, but, the chances of Apple not winning at least a few of the litigations is slim just by looking at the nature and sheer volume of complaints.