Rating: Isn’t this damaging the entire ITC industry?
Leading mobile phone vendor, Samsung, is off the hook for the moment. A US judge has set December 6th  as the date for the next hearing in the Korean manufacturer’s battle with Apple Computer. What that means is that Samsung shouldn’t miss out on the vital pre-Xmas sales season. Especially if the company immediately appeals the decision as is widely expected. Samsung’s shares jumped 3 per cent yesterday [August 29th 2012] as a result. GoMobile News can’t help but think that these IPR battles are holding back the entire ITC sector, though.If GoMobile News were in Samsung’s shoes, we’d discount the handsets covered by the law suit in the run up to Xmas because even if they get banned, the handset vendor wouldn’t be prevented from still supporting them.
The eight Samsung smart¬phones banned include some Galaxy S and S II models.
By contrast, its most important new launches – the Galaxy Note2 ‘phablet’ and the Galaxy S III smartphone don’t appear to be covered by the verdict.
We are very sceptical of some reports of the severe impact which a US ban on its smartphone might do the world’s leading mobile phone vendor.
How easily these analysts forget that Nokia dominated the entire mobile phone market for years and its sales in the USA were basically pants.
There was even a suggestion that as high as 80 per cent of Samsung’s smartphone sales might have been in the US market. We simply don’t believe that figure.
Significantly, Apple might have started something which it could come to regret.
If you can patent an idea such as the way you touch a screen to control an image, what about the root of all GUIs (graphical user interfaces)?
It’s widely accepted that Steve Jobs came up with the idea for the Macintosh UI which utilised a WIMP (Windows Icons Mice Pointers) interface after a trip around the Xerox Parc R&D facility.
That’s the basis for every subsequent Mac sold. So can somebody at Xerox step forward and demand payment for IP theft?
Probably not but it serves to illustrate how widespread the copying of new ideas has become standard practice in the ITC industry.
As we’ve said before … if Nokia puts a giant screen on the front of one of its ‘candy bar’ handsets (aka the Lumia) will it look like an iPhone?
Well, yes it would. But that’s not copying it’s simply following suit. As screens get bigger you use them in your next model. Simples.