The Smartphone Patent War – Apple vs. Samsung – Who is Winning?

Two of the dragon companies in the world of technology are Apple and Samsung. Recently, these two have been involved in a series of lawsuits with regards to patents of their smartphones’ and tablets’ design. Here is the timeline of the lawsuits filed by both companies against each other:

  • On April 15, 2011, Apple filed a patent infringement suit against Samsung with a 38-page federal complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Carolina. The case was for Samsung’s design of Epic 4G, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Nexus S. Apple sent out copies of images of their i9000 Galaxy S and iPhone 3GS for comparison.
  • On April 22, 2011, Samsung sued Apple with similar complaints in Tokyo, Mannheim, and Seoul.
  • On August 2011, Samsung and Apple were litigating nineteen pending cases in nine different countries.
  • On June 2011, Samsung sued Apple in the  United States International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington D.C,  United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Seoul’s Central District Court and  British High Court of Justice.
  • On October 2011, the cases expanded to ten countries.
  • On July 2012, Samsung and Apple were already fighting over 50 cases all around the world. Each company had several billions of damages to claim between them.
  • On August 21, 2012, Samsung sued Apple in the Tokyo District Court.
  • Apple won in the United States while Samsung won in the UK, Japan, and South Korea.
  • On June 4, 2013, Samsung was successful in giving a limited ban to Apple after violating a Samsung patent.

Complaints and cases of the two involve false designation of origin, infringement of intellectual property, unjust enrichment, unfair competition, and trademark infringement. The patent war that Apple and Samsung have been in seems to be never ending. Who do you think will be the real victor in the end?