Apple Sues Samsung Over Shameless Smart Cover Rip-Off

Apple Sues Samsung Over Shameless Smart Cover Rip-Off

The courtroom battles between Apple and Samsung seem never-ending. The latest chapter: Apple now claims its South Korean patent pal is copying not just smartphones and tablets, but also their cases. During an Australian court hearing, Samsung’s lawyer said Apple believes the cases infringe 10 patents.

The latest claims by Apple in Australia follow Samsung adding four new patent infringement claims against the iPad maker in Germany. Those allegations even involve charges Apple infringed on patented emoticons. Like a game of ping-pong, the two companies jump from Australia to Germany, trading charge and counter-charge. So far, the two have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other, one firm estimates.

But back to the covers. Although Apple hasn’t detailed its complaint against Samsung, a possible motive could be a smart cover look-alike that was “Samsung certified” back in July. The Galaxy Tab tablet cover was sold in Samsung’s South Korean stores and created by Anymode. Anymode is owned by Youngbo Engineering, headed by the nephew of Samsung chairperson Kun-Hee Lee, according to 9to5Mac. Samsung reportedly yanked the product, saying the certification was “an oversight.” Do you smell burning pants?

At any rate, fresh from a Dec. 9 court win removing a temporary Australian sales injunction, Samsung is pushing for Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett to decide the company’s patent infringement lawsuit against Apple’s iPhone and iPad 2 by March. Why March? A German court also handling a Samsung lawsuit against Apple is expected to rule in March. Depending on how things go, having two judgements the same month could either give Samsung a one-two punch against Apple or serve as a distraction should the smartphone maker lose.

But Apple is fighting such a tactic, asking for a delay. Bennett appears to be siding with Apple’s argument, setting another hearing for February 3. Of course, that is enough time for many more patent-infringement claims to be filed in what’s become a globe-trotting legal epic — and one likely to buy the lawyers involved a few private islands in the Med.

  • Barton Lynch

    Ok there have been some unnecessary lawsuits by Apple, but they should win this one no question. That’s a ridiculous rip off

  • techgeek01

    First, that isn’t made by Samsung.  Second, they were claiming that it was an “Official Samsung Accessory”, when in reality it was not. 

    So, if some company made a transformer like dock for the iPad and claims that it is an “official Apple Accessory”, Asus should win that lawsuit against Apple?  That’s what you are saying. 

  • Barton Lynch

    Whoever made the product should be sued. It’s a rip off

  • Savan Vyas

    So you dumb people if you didnt know 
    1) The smart cover was originally an incase design which smart cover clearly ripped off
    2) Its not an official accessory
    3) If anything incase owns the rights
    4)How can you sue someone for something thats not yours
    http://www.theverge.com/apple/
    http://www.engadget.com/2011/0
    And last and final use a smarter blog! 

  • Savan Vyas

    So you dumb people if you didnt know 1) The smart cover was originally an incase design which smart cover clearly ripped off
    2) Its not an official accessory
    3) If anything incase owns the rights
    4)How can you sue someone for something thats not yours
    http://www.theverge.com/apple/
    http://www.engadget.com/2011/0
    And last and final use a smarter blog! 

  • Savan Vyas

    A Site who moderates comment isn’t really a open platform!

  • Savan Vyas

     So you dumb people if you didnt know 
    1) The smart cover was originally an incase design which smart cover clearly ripped off
    2) Its not an official accessory
    3) If anything incase owns the rights
    4)How can you sue someone for something thats not yours

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/03/ap...
    And last and final use a smarter blog! 

  • Brittp2

    The product was made by a company owned and operated by the son of the head of Samsung. It was an inside deal if there ever was one

  • Alberto Hernandez

    Samsung was also claiming it was an “Official Samsung Accessory” therefore they should be sued.

  • marcwitteveen

    I remember something Steve Jobs said: Good artist borrow, great artist steal…

  • techgeek01

    Samsung never claimed it was an “Official Samsung Accessory”.  It was the other company.  Actually, Samsung investigated that because they never gave that accessory “Official Samsung Accessory” status.   

  • mlahero

    Whatever. Apple ripped of Incase for their smart cover anyway, I dont see how Samsung have ripped off Apple when it wasnt even their idea in the first place;

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/0

  • freerange

    So you were there? Then why did Samsung say it was an oversight? Please go hang out somewhere else as you have no clue what you are talking about.

  • freerange

    Its time for the courts to grow some balls and take Samsung down. They are nothing more than a clone maker. How stupid can this company be ripping off their largest customer by far. Such arrogance should be stopped immediately. Its time to fight back aggressively against the asian copycats.

  • ttconsultantservices

    It seems that the fight between Apple and Samsung is never going to stop. Either Samsung is suing Apple and if Samsung not then Apple is suing Samsung for some reason.

    Patent Infringement

  • ttconsultantservices

    It seems that the fight between Apple and Samsung is never going to stop. Either Samsung is suing Apple and if Samsung not then Apple is suing Samsung for some reason.

    Patent Infringement

  • samasuki hokida

    Apple is a bullshit company filing lawsuit over ridiculous patents. That is a goddamn foldable sheet of plastic. What is so original  in it I can not see.
    Next they will sue apple tree or farmers for using their logo.
    Then they will sue Bible for having apple half eaten by adam and eve.
    Then they will patents for pants and undies: “fabrics sheet woven as to make two connected tubes that covers leg and the connected parts surround waist.”
    Then we shall have to wear either ipants costing 500$ or run naked.Stil somebody will say…look…this is patented by apple…so we must either get ipants or use cardboard boxes.
    Another fact is that apple uses chip made from samsung they actually dont make the working models that are essential for the patent, correct me if I am wrong.
    Complete and utter bullshit.You mean if I fold a plasic that way I am ripping off apple? BTW samsung even not folded the plastic that way.
    If it can be patented that covering the tablet with plastic sheet is patentable then why pants can not be?
    If I patent it are you all going to take them off?

  • samasuki hokida

    And how stupid is the company apple to sue the company that makes the components of their devices? And that too over a ridiculous cover.A piece of sheet? Is that original?A folded plastic? 

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