The battle began in early 2011 when Apple first sued competitor Samsung stating that the electronics company was copying the iPhone and iPad with their new product releases. Since then the two companies have been battling in back and forth in court.
Both smartphone companies are at the top of their game with other smartphone competitors struggling just to stay afloat. Makers of the Blackberry, RIM, attempted to make a play against Apple with their new Playbook but feel short of expectation. This is particularly tough for RIM since they started in and specialize in smartphones. Nokia tried their hands at competing with Apple and Android by creating their Meego system, which they have quickly abandoned in favor of a deal with Microsoft. Motorola stock has taken a huge hit as well. Even with all the tablet and smartphone competition on the market – Apple and Samsung seem to be the top dogs.
The feud began in April when Apple threw down the first gauntlet against Samsung in the United States. Samsung fired back with its own lawsuit. Now there are suits filed in various countries including Germany and Japan. Apple filed a suit in Samsung’s territory, South Korea, in June. Both companies have filed requests to see the other company’s prototypes before they are released but have yet to be successful in court with those demands.
- Apple’s complaint is a good 63 pages long and includes Samsung products:
- Droid Charge
- Epic 4G
- Exhibit 4G
- Galaxy S 4G
- Galaxy S (i9000)
- Galaxy S II
- Galaxy Ace
- Galaxy Prevail
- Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Gem, Gravity
- Infuse 4G
- Nexus S 4G
- Showcase i500 & Galaxy S
Now Apple has taken it a step further. They are replacing Samsung as a supplier for their iPhone and iPad components. Once partners when it came to the production of Apple devices, the company has announced a new partnership with the Taiwan SemiConductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for production of the A6 chip required for production of the iPhone 5. Apple has relied on Samsung for memory, screens and other various components to manufacture their products.
Another move from Apple has them filing suit with the International Trade Commission to keep Samsung’s smartphone and tablet products from being sold in the United States.
Many believe these power moves are Apple’s way of telling the entire smartphone industry to back off and stop copying their material.