Australian Judge Suggests Apple has Tablet Monopoly During Samsung Appeal

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  1. dgstorm

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    We may be about to see a fairly big turnaround for the Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuits, at least in Australia. During Samsung's appeals hearing, one of the judges presiding questioned the fairness of the ruling that previously granted Apple's request for a ban on the Samsung tablet. One of the Federal Court Judges had this to say, “The result looks terribly fair to Apple and not terribly fair to Samsung." Another of the judges said the following while referring to Apple, "If you have a fast moving product which if taken off the market, destroys the opportunities available to the newcomer and preserves the monopoly of the incumbent then you’d have to have a very close look at the strength of the case.” Still another statement was made by one of the judges that looked favorably toward Samsung, “We’re talking about a period of three months and all of Apple will come tumbling down? That’s 'very speculative'."

    These comments all came after and during Samsung's two hour appeals presentation challenging the ban. During the presentation, Samsung's lawyer, Neil Young, accused the original judge that issued the injunction, Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett, of “fundamental errors." He elaborated that Bennett,
    Samsung's lawyers also said,
    Here's a final quote from the Businessweek article that sums up Samsung's argument,
    Of course, Apple didn't agree with any of this, and believed that judge Bennett's ruling had been the result of “a careful and detailed review.”

    Ironically, it almost seems that the ban ended up being a non-issue, both in Australia and in Germany. In Australia, retailers skirted the ban by unofficially importing the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to meet the high customer demand. While in Germany, Samsung brought to market a mildly redesigned version that gets around Apple’s patents. Still, it's good to see balanced and fair justice starting to prevail, as the precedents in this case could have ramifications for future patent lawsuits.

    Source: AndroidTablets.net via SlashGear and Businessweek
     
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    Two of those quotes stand out to me. The first:

    sounds an awful lot like a 6-year-old whining about bedtime. "Dire"..."shut out"..."unjust"..."misunderstood"? Sounds very, very subjective to me. If not the whinings of a kindergartener, then the pleading of a very clever 13-year-old.

    And:
    Errors of "principle", you say...not errors of "fact", but rather of "principle"? Hmm, very interesting.

    I obviously am not a lawyer, but the tone and the gist of these arguments if you boil them down is basically: "Waaa, waaa, waaa. Me not happy!!!"

    Of course, I think these volleys of lawsuits are pretty ridiculous, whichever side you're rooting for. But I'd hope $500/hour lawyers could make better arguments than that.

    -Matt
     
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    One could say Apple is trying to have a monopoly with these lawsuits. I don't think they necessarily have a monopoly yet.

    I have yet to see Apple losing money or Samsung or Motorola products being easily mistaken for Apple tablets. I'm still waiting for Apple to sue HP for their latest tablet....

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    Samsung's lawyer, Neil Young. Sorry, had to.
     
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