Apple arguments no help in court of public opinion

Dylan Bushell-Embling
30 Sep 2011
00:00

Apple's Australian lawyers are doing the company no favors when it comes to the perception – popular among the Android camp - that it is using the legal system to quash competition rather than competing on equal terms.

 

ThisSydney Morning Herald report includes excerpts from some of Apple's arguments in its suit requesting an injunction on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Australia.

 

Some choice quotes:

- [The device] is going to be launched on the market with the velocity of a fire hose.”

-Customers are going to be “seduced” or “sapped away by the Galaxy Tab.”

-It is “going to just come in and take away iPad 2 sales so quickly.”

The second component of Apple's argument, of course, is that Samsung is in the position to cannibalize iPad sales because of the alleged copying Apple is suing about. But it's hard not to focus on the first, especially when the court could still rule that no patent infringement took place.

 

It is hardly a surprise that somecommentators have jumped on the legal arguments to proclaim that Apple is tacitly admitting that the Galaxy Tab is a better device than the iPad 2.

 

Samsung meanwhile has been gaining some powerful allies on its side of the fight.

 

In the last few days, US carriers Verizon and T-Mobile USA have submitted court filings arguing against Apple's request for US injunctions on Galaxy devices. Samsung this month was also able to lob a new legal volley due to patents acquired from Google.

 

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