Continuing on the theme of Samsung’s efforts to suckerpunch Apple, we bring you a story about an Italian judge who heard Samsung’s request for an injunction against the iPhone 4S, and then told them to suck it.
The plan was that Samsung would do what Apple’s succeeded to do (though not often and with great effort): Drop an injunction on the competition. Samsung’s target is the iPhone 4S, which they claim has been drinking their intellectual property milkshake. Get a load of this:[quote]Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.[/quote]
Well, you have to admire the bald-faced temerity, considering that Samsung has been known to occasionally steal an idea or two or three. In fact, Apple’s already won injunctions against Samsung in Australia (which were overturned), but I digress.[quote]Samsung brought its motion in October 2011. After a first hearing, the court decided that it would hold at least one more hearing prior to making a decision. At the time I said that “Samsung’s hopes for iPhone 4S injunctions in France and Italy are alive but fading”. By now, Samsung’s motions have been denied in both countries. The French decision, which I published in its entirety, came down less than a month ago.[/quote]
Both Samsung and Apple are strenuously attempting to suppress one another’s products world-wide, including the most important market of the USA (where neither has gained a foothold yet). Unfortunately for those of us who get tired of hearing news about patent-trolling shenanigans, I am sure the saga is far from over.