If you thought Apple was going to stop at the 10.1″ Samsung Galaxy Tab’s EU-wide injunction, think again. FOSS Patent’s Florean Mueller is reporting on a snippet of text hidden within Samsung lawsuit filing that hints at Motorola also facing Apple’s lawyers’ wrath. Just yesterday it was was ruled that retailers across the European Union had to remove the new 10.1″ Samsung Galaxy Tabs from shelves.
The statement doesn’t make mention of Motorola’s alleged infringements or when the lawsuit was filed, though Mueller points out it could have happened many weeks prior to Samsung’s most recent case. At any rate, Apple is suing Motorola over the XOOM’s “similar design” to their iPad.
It’s rather interesting to note that most of the ongoing lawsuits focus around tablets — a market where Apple dominates without any close competition. One would think that Apple would be somewhat focused on securing a few more market share percentage points in the smartphone realm. Then again, Apple has repeatedly stated that it’s not necessarily the biggest player that wins, only the one with the most revenue/cash at the end of the game.
We’re all for our own respective favorites when it comes to gadgets, operating systems, etc. But Apple’s tactics to simply block competition are pretty childish and annoying. If anything, it shows Apple is finally taking Android more seriously. Hopefully the Samsung injunction as well as possible injunction against Motorola ends quickly. As much as we like Apple personally, we understand the benefits of healthy competition.
Source: FOSS Patents