Apple v Samsung : the battle explained

1 12 2011

The intellectual property battle between between Apple and Samsung has been raging on since April in courts all over the world. But how did this (what can only be described as epic) battle begin in the first place?

The below infographic sets out the roots and progression of the Apple/Samsung lawsuit. Do you think the mobile designs are too similar?





Steve Jobs listed as inventor/designer on 313 of Apple’s patents……

21 09 2011

When people in the technology industry speak of  Steve Job’s knack for design, they often have Apple’s iconic products in mind: the early all-in-one Macintosh computers, the first iMacs with their brightly colored and translucent cases, and more recently, the various iPods, iPhones and iPads.

But what about the striking glass staircases in many of Apple’s stores? Mr. Jobs led their design — and has his name on two patents Apple received for that design. An interesting article showcasing Mr Jobs as a prolific inventor and technical designer was recently published by the New York times and is available here…..

Apparently, Mr. Jobs appears as the principal inventor or as one inventor among several on 313 Apple patents. Most are design patents that cover the look and feel of a product, rather than utility patents….

Still, the number of patents is far larger than those granted to most other technology company chiefs, including those whose technical breakthroughs and inventions were instrumental to their companies’ success. Only nine Microsoft patents carry the name of Bill Gates, a co-founder of the company who was its chief executive for more than two decades before stepping down in 2000. And little more than a dozen Google patents carry the names of the co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, according to a search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Web site.

As Mr. Jobs steps down from the chief executive role, his deep involvement in so many aspects of Apple’s products also brings into sharp focus the question of whether the company’s streak of innovation can continue over the long-term without his hand to guide it….





China changes tactics on technology patents

29 08 2011

It seems that the Chinese technology industry can no longer be regarded as a breeding ground for blatant IP infringement and patent proliferation with China recorded as the third highest filer of patents in 2010 – 337 497 patent applications have been recorded for the last year. 

The influx of patents not only underscores China’s growing strength in the technology sector, it also reveals a change in the country’s attitude toward intellectual property in general. It seems China is now starting to move toward recognising ideas and their origins….

The increase in patent filings has also sparked an increase in litigation….. Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation (China’s top two telecoms equipment makers) are engaged in litigation proceedings. ZTE filed a lawsuit in China in April saying Huawei had infringed its fourth generation technology. It seems both made progress in selling their mobile communication products in China and they are possibly now using patents as a competition tool…..

In general, intellectual property civil litigation increased in China by 37 percent to 41718 last year, according to the country’s Supreme People’s Court.

It seems the Chinese counterparts to Apple, Google and Samsung are developing their own armoury of patents. The obvious question being: is this to further stifle competition in the global smartphone industry……or have they  acted pre-emptively to the whole global  fist-fight by ensuring that their competitive edge remains as untouchable as possible……..

With reference to The Business Report of 26 August 2011.