Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Aug 2011 18:19 UTC
Legal "Apple won an agreement from Samsung that the South Korean company won't sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a patent lawsuit in the country is resolved. [...] [Apple] sought an Australian injunction and also wants to stop Samsung from selling the tablet in other countries, Burley said without specifying where. Samsung agreed to stop advertising the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia and not to sell the device until it wins court approval or the lawsuit is resolved, according to an accord reached by lawyers during a break in the hearing. Should Apple lose its patent infringement lawsuit, it agreed to pay Samsung damages, which weren't specified." Free market and competition at work, my friends!
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Simply draconian
by mantrik00 on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 08:01 UTC
mantrik00
Member since:
2011-07-06

Such injunctions are simply draconian and hurt consumer choice.
A thought: Apple has no manufacturing capacity, while Samsung has end to end manufacturing capacity. Therefore, Apple is effectively the troll that is buying up or coercing other companies to cross license their patents. Having got the patents it is now intent on screwing up competitors. Clearly, something is wrong with this kind of abuse of patent laws. Time for reform!

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RE: Simply draconian
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 08:42 in reply to "Simply draconian"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Samsung is Apple's biggest threat. It's the only Android vendor which has the ability to make EVERYTHING in-house - processor, screen, memory, etc. Android is good enough as it is, so no costs for Samsung there (at least, not the amounts Apple must be spending on iOS). I wouldn't be surprised if Samsung's margins per device are close to that of Apple - if not higher. This makes Samsung a massive threat for the last bastion Apple fanatics have shifted the goalposts to: profit per device.

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RE[2]: Simply draconian
by aldo on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 14:07 in reply to "RE: Simply draconian"
aldo Member since:
2010-02-17

Don't forget HTC, Thom. With the recent slew of smartphone marketshare figures, I thought the most interesting thing was not that Samsung's market share had grown so much, but that HTC now has 20% of the US smartphone market (Apple has 28%).

It's no co-incidence that HTC are the other competitors that Apple are trying to litigate out of the market.

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RE[2]: Simply draconian
by rhavyn on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 15:38 in reply to "RE: Simply draconian"
rhavyn Member since:
2005-07-06

Samsung is Apple's biggest threat. It's the only Android vendor which has the ability to make EVERYTHING in-house - processor, screen, memory, etc. Android is good enough as it is, so no costs for Samsung there (at least, not the amounts Apple must be spending on iOS). I wouldn't be surprised if Samsung's margins per device are close to that of Apple - if not higher. This makes Samsung a massive threat for the last bastion Apple fanatics have shifted the goalposts to: profit per device.


You could speculate, or you could just look at the numbers: http://www.asymco.com/2011/07/30/the-profitphone-x-phones-sold-char.... Apple is vastly more profitable per device sold than Samsung. Due to the way Apple structures it's component deals it's unlikely Samsung could ever sell it's own components to itself cheaper than to Apple.

Also, you should really leave the poor straw men alone, I've never seen anyone on this website talk about per unit profit.

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