A few days ago we shared that Apple was suing Samsung because Apple believes the new Android-based Samsung Galaxy SII "looked" too much like the iPhone. Shortly after that we also shared that Samsung intended to counter-sue Apple for patent infringement. Today Samsung did exactly what they claimed they would do, and filed 10 patent infringement lawsuits against Apple. The infringements that Samsung is claiming relate to internal component function patents in smartphones such as reduced battery consumption during data transmission, reduced errors during 3G data transmission, and others.
It makes you wonder at the strategy behind it all. Samsung had to know for some time that Apple was probably infringing upon these patents, but because Apple buys a lot of components directly from Samsung for their iPhones, iPads, and iPods, they sat on it. Now that Apple is getting "uppity" about things, Samsung just whips out their "ace-in-the-hole". It also may not have even been that planned. Perhaps Samsung just valued the business partnership with Apple too much to ever bring up the patent infringements, but obviously Apple didn't feel the same way. Regardless of what you feel about Samsung, the lawsuit by Apple is pretty lame... there's nothing like biting the hand that feeds you.
Perhaps in the long run, Apple will see the error of their ways and stand down from this. Yes, the phones look similar, but it could easily be argued a ton of different smartphones "look" like each other. Also, if you really look at the phones, there are enough subtle differences that consumers will easily be able to tell the difference, which means that Apple will probably lose in court anyway. It almost makes you wonder what Apple is thinking. Samsung is one of their biggest suppliers. If they decided to cut Apple off, things would look fairly grim for the cheesy fruit.
Of course, the flip-side is true as well. Apple is Samsung's second biggest client, so ultimately this war of litigation could end up hurting both companies. But perhaps that is simply Apple's plan all-along... to reduce Samsung's ability to compete with the iPhone. It will be interesting to see how this pans out.
Source: Android.net via Phandroid and Reuters