On the first day there was Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1?
Whilst most people are getting well bored of the Samsung Galaxy Tab vs Apple iPad debacle in the international courts, it is interesting to not that some of the information coming out from these proceedings has definitely provided food for thought.
Latest claims by Samsung witnesses seems to point to the fact that the Samsung 10.1 design work was started before the iPad reveal…
“Samsung marched a number of witnesses to the stand on Wednesday in efforts to rebut Apple’s patent infringement claims, including an industrial designer involved in the design of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and a number of Galaxy smartphones.
One of the first things principal Samsung industrial designer Jin Soo Kim said when he took the stand on Wednesday was that work on the Galaxy 10.1 began in October of 2009, well before the iPad was announced in January 2010. The designer made reference to an email dated January 6, 2010, which included a drawing of the Samsung tablet’s design, to support his claims…”
The court battles don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. What is fascinating is that both parties seem to believe they are the plaintiffs – each feeling maligned by the other. Apple may be on a winning streak with the battles but does run a huge risk of seeing a possible ruling overturned and could be facing massive loss of earnings lawsuits if this ever happens.
It’s all a veritable Pandora’s box and one wonders if executives at both corporations are not starting to regret the legal initiatives and future implications.
The cost to both Apple and Samsung in legal fees and consumer confidence will be felt for years.