350MC – Apple & Samsung
There has been an ongoing battle between Samsung and Apple now for some years now and the rivalry is still a hot topic today. Maybe if Samsung and Apple realised that they have both been appropriating and building upon other peoples research and creations than they would feel a bit silly now. It’s not to say that Apple and Samsung haven’t both created unique elements within their products and build upon them themselves but if it wasn’t for years of research on touch screen electronics from various people, neither of them would be where they are today.
Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. was the first of a series of ongoing lawsuits between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics regarding the design of smartphones and tablet computers; between them, the companies made more than half of smartphones sold worldwide as of July 2012. In the spring of 2011, Apple began litigating against Samsung in patent infringement suits, while Apple and Motorola Mobility were already engaged in a patent war on several fronts. Apple’s multinational litigation over technology patents became known as part of the mobile device“smartphone patent wars“: extensive litigation in fierce competition in the global market for consumer mobile communications. By August 2011, Apple and Samsung were litigating 19 ongoing cases in nine countries; by October, the legal disputes expanded to ten countries. By July 2012, the two companies were still embroiled in more than 50 lawsuits around the globe, with billions of dollars in damages claimed between them. While Apple won a ruling in its favor in the U.S., Samsung won rulings in South Korea, Japan, and the UK. On June 4, 2013, Samsung won a limited ban from the U.S. International Trade Commission on sales of certain Apple products after the commission found Apple had violated a Samsung patent, but this was vetoed by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.
Having read this article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26331249 that was posted on 24 February 2014 we can see just how prominent. Just reading this article I can’t help but get the impression that it was written be a proud Apple user with quotes like “In a similar way to Apple’s iPhone 5, the main button on the front of the device doubles as a fingerprint scanner used to unlock the device.” In the first paragraph it sounds as if the writer is trying to remind the reader that Samsung are copying Apple. I may be wrong but it wouldn’t surprise me due to the competitiveness of not only the people that work for these two companies but the consumers of the products also.