The Apple vs Samsung Patent trial has been covered a lot over the last several days, but a new revelation in the case broke earlier tonight: Apple wants the court to ban more Samsung products, including the Galaxy SIII.
Reuters is reporting that Apple is taking the opportunity to capitalize on its win over Samsung in the patent case to take even more Samsung products off the shelves. In the original case, only 17 Samsung devices were included. The jury ruled that most of them infringed on Apple's intellectual property. Apple is now requesting that those devices be taken off the market.
Just today, though, Apple has asked the court in a separate case to find that four other Samsung devices are also infringing on their patents. Among these devices is that company's flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S III.
The Galaxy S III is the most popular Android device on the market right now. Its features far outnumber the latest iPhone. It is Apple's biggest competition in the mobile market. Most technology analysts and pundits are suggesting that, at best, the iPhone 5 will simply be playing catch up to superior Android phones such as the Galaxy S III.
Steve Jobs famously said that he considered Android a stolen product. He is quoted as saying, "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
While Jobs passed away last year, his company is still fighting Android. If the court agrees that the Galaxy S III is infringing on Apple's intellectual property, Jobs' mission to destroy the competing mobile operating system may come one step closer to reality.
If Apple succeeds in banning the Galaxy S III, it could affect the entire Android ecosystem. This is the danger of current patent laws. Patents stifle innovation. Instead of making a smartphone that will beat Samsung's devices in every possible way, Apple is trying to win the mobile war in court. Over the last several years, the iPhone has fallen behind in terms of innovation - Android devices are simply more powerful these days. Instead of beefing up its own product, Apple simply wants to remove the competition from the market. That means consumers will suffer. Instead of getting the latest technology and innovations, we'll only get what Apple decides to give us because there is no competition to force them to keep innovating.
We should all keep an eye on this on one.
The case is U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Ltd, et al 12-00630.