Apple Scores Big Win Against Samsung: Judge Stops U.S. Sales of Galaxy Tablet
June 28, 2012 Leave a comment
Samsung and Apple have been embroiled in a legal battle over what Apple refers to as Samsung’s “blatant copying” of the iPad experience. Today, a judge ruled that Samsung cannot sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States.
This article details the big blow to Samsung – Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California wrote that “Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products.”
It’s also worth noting that Apple just secured US patent protection for a number of the finger gestures – swiping in the direction you are paging, pinch, and grab – which are at the cornerstone of the table user experience. This will hinder development of Android-based tablets as long as Apple’s deep pockets can keep knocking competitors down in court.
What’s it mean for the business world? It’s no secret that Apple and the iPad are the frontrunners in the global tablet marketplace, expected to expand to 120 million units this year. Businesses need to develop and implement solutions that will be around for the long haul. Apple’s got the best tablet, the best OS, and the best user experience right now. Challengers will keep appearing, but Goliath has won another round.
This is why when Ai2 was developing our order app, we chose iOS first. We’re not anti-Android and we can’t wait to see the Surface tablet from Microsoft, but the iPad had to come first, and a lot of America’s top wholesalers agree with us.