Apple vs. Samsung, The Patent War
Posted: May 18, 2013 by Maja Johnson
In April, 2011, Apple filed an infringement action against the Korean tech giant Samsung; stating that it had copied its designs for the iPhone and the iPad. Now, Apple added the Samsung Galaxy S4 to the list of products that infringe its designs and patents. The trial is set to start in 2014, and so far Apple has gathered a lot of ammo against its biggest rival.
Back in 2011, Apple filed 16 claims against Samsung for copying its designs. However, Samsung did not sit back and do nothing. They immediately filed a counter suit against Apple claiming that they had stolen 10 of their patents including the 3G and wireless technology. By August 2011, a German Court ordered that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 cannot be sold in all EU countries. Later that year in October, the ban was expanded Australia. Samsung on the other hand, got their jabs in a month after the Courts ordered Apple to reveal the source code for the iPhone 4S. Samsung even tried to ban the sales of the 4S in Australia and Japan, however, they were unsuccessful.
Whatever the disputes between these two giants may be, the fact is they are both closely connected to one another. You could say they are depended to each other. Samsung is Apple's biggest supplier of semi-conductors whereas Apple is Samsung's biggest client. In 2012, Apple spent nearly $8 billion on parts. If the relationship between these two companies gets ruined, both companies would have a serious problem on their hands; production and financial wise.