Competitions Centered around Android and iOS seems to mount day by day, and so does the law suits. The main leaders heading the legal wars are Apple and Samsung, who have notched up their lawsuit tally to 21.
In the latest of spats, the South-Korean company has threatened the Cupertino company to sue to ban the sales of iPhone 5 soon after it launches, in its home country. Samsung has accused Apple of violating nine of their patents related to wireless communications.
On the other hand, Apple has been behind the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and had filed injunctions on the tablet. Samsung’s suit is in retaliation and has said that, “For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights.”
Apple has had the upper hand in the legal tug-of-war and in a brave move, has filed suit against Samsung in Korea. With the German injunction against its Galaxy Tab 10.1 withstanding, Samsung is attempting to overturn the file and has also filed a suit against the Cupertino company in Australia.
Samsung’s countersuit at the Federal Court of Australia alleges that the iPhone and iPad infringe seven patents related to wireless communications standards. This countersuit brings up the count to 21.
Lets hope the legal battle doesn’t drag on further, but since innovation and technology expands, i guess that might be a tough wish. Anyway, the iPhone 5 pre-launch is certainly looking at some smoke and bangs.