The patent war between Samsung and Apple has reached a new level. In what is presumed to be a counter “fu*& you” to Apple after the fruity firm forced Samsung’s Galaxy Tab out of Europe and Australia, they are trying to make it impossible for their competitor to sell the still in-development iPhone 5 in the important market of Korea.
A Samsung executive told the Korean Times, “Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung’s wireless technology related patents.”
“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.”
The Smartphone game has become rediculous in the past few years. Almost every mobile manufacturer is suing everybody else. Some of the patent infringement claims have been as generic as “producing a rectangular, touch screen tablet.” For anyone wondering, that was how Apple secured a ban on Samsung selling their Galaxy tablet. Apparently it looked too much like the iPad.
“If Samsung wins in Germany that will give us a big breakthrough and so will other envisioned efforts against such products as the iPhone 5,” Samsung added.
It’s understandable that Samsung wants to hit back at their rival, but all these patent infringement suits are only going to harm the industry as a whole. It halts innovation and when a suit is won, it contributes to a reduction in competition; which in turn leads to worse products.