What happened between Apple and Samsung

Apple Corporation accuses Samsung concern of copying the design of iPad tablets and iPhone smartphones in its Galaxy Tab series models. In addition to design, the lawsuit includes elements of the GUI interface of the operating system and design of the packaging of gadgets. In total, 22 points of coincidence of elements of registration are listed in court documents, the totality of which, according to the US corporation, violates patent law and intellectual rights property.

Apple lawyers have filed such lawsuits in courts of different countries and continents. Most of them are still considered, and in those few, which are already over, decisions are made multidirectional – both in favor of Apple and in favor of Samsung. A major victory in this litigation can be considered the decision of a California court in June 2012 to ban sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer in the United States. The ban will be in place in the country until new proceedings are completed. Such a decision would cause substantial financial damage to the South Korean concern, but according to US judge Lucy Koch, its size does not compare with Apple’s losses.

Last December, a court in the Dutch Hague rejected a similar demand by the Americans. And British judge Colin Beers denied Apple its claims in a much more radical way. His decision required a US corporation to post a statement on its website about the dissimilarity of iPad tablets on the Galaxy Tab for half a year.

Courts decide on both Apple claims and Samsung counterclaims. But unlike the South Korean concern, the Americans are waging patent wars on several fronts – the “bullseye” have legal claims against Google and HTC. Simultaneously with litigation, Apple does not cease cooperation with these companies. For example, South Koreans supply memory modules for the MacBook and microprocessors for mobile devices by the US corporation, including the controversial iPad tablets.

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