Samsung’s request for expedited Galaxy Nexus hearing accepted, Apple groups them with “pirates, thieves and counterfeiters”

After the return of the Galaxy Nexus to the Play Store, we have some more good news on the Samsung vs Apple patent battle: the Korean manufacturer’s request for an expedited appeal against the preliminary injunction granted against the Galaxy Nexus has been grated. As a result, they must submit their court brief by the 16th of July to the US Court of Appeals, after which Apple has 14 days to respond. Final comments will take place on the 6th of August.

However, that’s not the end of the story. Apple’s use of lawsuits to protect and increase their marketshare has already hit the wrong notes with most of the community, even those who use iOS devices. Yet, having first written to retailers informing them not to sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Galaxy Nexus (despite the latter’s injunction having been removed for the time-being), they have gone on to defend themselves in a way that leaves a pretty bad taste. When Samsung complained about the letters, Apple’s stance was summed up by their following words:

“[the company’s] letter shows nothing beyond the entirely predictable consequence of Samsung’s infringement — i.e., the infringing products must be taken off of the market. It is not a legally cognizable harm to halt downstream sales of stolen, pirated, counterfeit, or infringing products.”

While I believe that it is fair to remind retailers not to sell a product against which an injunction has been granted, Apple’s choice of words were eye-opening, in a bad way. To try to remove a competitor’s products from the market using minor software patents that should never have been granted is one thing. To group the competitor with pirates, thieves and counterfeiters is quite another.

The arrogance displayed by Apple in that statement is mind-boggling. There was absolutely no need to mention “stolen, pirated, counterfeit” to get their point across, which leaves us with the obvious conclusion that this was a calculated strategy on the part of their legal team.

Apple, I never thought I’d say this, but you’ve stooped to a whole new level.

[via Electronista]

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TAGS: Galaxy Nexus

  • abc

    It’s funny, to me it appears that the Apple and iPhone blog sites never post these kind of articles, they only pick and choose those which put Apple in the best of light. Then again, even if they did post something like this, all the Apple fanboys would defend Apple in the comments.

    • Jeff Chew

      Apple and iPhone sites are the Fox news sites of technology for them.

      • ObsceneJesster

        More like the MSNBC. See what I did there?

        • VanderTRAMP

          it’s funny because liberal bias

  • Mark Slavin

    They are filth and I will NEVER buy one of their products

  • MrDSL

    Man I hate this company with a passion! I go out of my way to convert family and friends away from all Apple products..
    It took some time but all on Android and none miss their shitty icrap.

    • DavidVarghese

      Lol I did the same thing with my family/friends!
      I just showed them how much better Android is compared to Crapple and they agreed with me.. lol

  • NightAngel79

    Hopefully this is the straw, a sign of things/perception changing

  • toomuchgame441

    I can’t wait to get the iPhone 5

    • yungtris

      please, be my guest… dwebe.

    • Fernando Diaz

      And put it in a blender.

  • scoter man1

    #BoycottAppleForLife… just sayin…

  • bmg314

    There is nothing surprising or shocking here. This is Apple, and this is a big part of their business practice and ethics.

    Deplorable, yes. Shocking, no.

    #Boycott Apple

  • Wesley

    Samsung should sue Apple for writing those ridiculous letters and slandering Samsung’s good name.

    • Michael Launier

      No kidding, it’s nothing short of slander! If any company said something like that about Apple, they’d be getting sued into oblivion!

  • Joe

    Once this gets dismissed Samsung needs to sue Apple over perceived lost sales from the false claims of patent infringement.

    To this point there has been no downside to Apple for this type of behavior. Once they start paying out of their pocket they will reconsider this

    • Jamille Browne

      apple will never lose they will just charge more for the next iPhone and the iCult will still buy it.

    • topgun966

      Apple will be forced to pay the down payment for the injunction. I think its around $150 million. Chump change to them but a start.

  • Dean Politis

    As much as I dislike Apple and will never buy another Apple product until they stop their litigious ways, we have to appreciate their existence (just like they should appreciate Android’s existence). Without iOS, Android wouldn’t be what it is today (JB is awesome). It is this competition that makes thing better for all of us.

    Apple should be denounced for their recent actions because they are trying to stifle competition. Haven’t the last two releases of iOS been mostly about pirating features from Android. Apple was about being different before. Now, they are the man. Unfortunately, Apple stopped thinking differently years ago. They have become the Big Brother they tried to denounce in 1984.

    • Ben Kapferer

      I wish I could upvote this a million times.

      • Kevin

        Alas, even if it were reddit, you’d only have one upvote to give.

    • scott lathrop

      Really? Thinking different in 1984 was using technology from Xerox. The only innovative thing Apple did was sue everyone.

  • MG83

    Didn’t know they had the internet in Guantanamo. Generalizations can be fun!

  • JoeyKhache

    “THEY didn’t have to stoop so LOW”!!!!!!!!

    • PC_Tool

      I know, right? Pretty soon Apple will have their friends collect all their records and then change their number.

      Apple is such a drama queen….

    • CookieMonsta

      i’m likin’ the Gotye reference here.

  • the garbage pail kid

    Cool. I have a Lumia 900.

    • bmg314

      That’s actually a nice phone hardware wise. What happens when windows 8 comes out? O_o

      • the garbage pail kid

        ill get 7.8 meaning skype wont be integrated and some other things that really doesn’t matter.

  • Bamaredwingsfan

    How long until apple starts harassing people selling their used Google products on ebay an amazon

    • Boom! Its phatman

      Or harassing developers who develop apps for both platforms

      • Johann S. L.

        they already have past and present. it would be nothing new.

  • RitishOemraw

    Please for the love of god, change the font. My eyes…they hurt….(looks fine on my phone though, jsut on my comp screen…..AAHHHHH)

  • Adam Dave Collins

    Email them and give them a piece of your mind. I am.

    • bmg314

      I wonder if he will give some smarmy/pretentious response like Jobs used to do.

  • Brian S.

    Being poor myself, this makes me want to find out what I can pirate, steal and counterfeit.

    Thanks for the tip Apple, like you I shall shamelessly steal (no, really).

    Does anyone have suggestions right off the bat?

  • Jeffrey Evans

    If Samsung is a pirate, Ives has to be Blackbeard himself. Apple has ripped off Braun so many times, their design department would be in the stone age if it wasn’t for their copying.

    • jroc74

      +100 to the Braun reference. I STILL have yet for an Apple, iPhone, iPad fanboy explain that…

      Yet Apple wanna call others copy cats…please.

  • JordanSanchez

    Wow… So much hate

  • SuperTomcat

    The Apple´s curse has just reached my GS3… today I received the new “upgrade” on it from Sprint…

  • Will Palmer

    IMO Apple are digging themselves into a deeper and deeper hole.. shame..

  • John Hoffman

    I think that these tactics are unscrupulous but completely in line with a win at all costs strategy. Make no mistake Apple will stop at nothing to win. They don’t care about competition or innovation all they care about is the almighty dollar. They want to dominate the market and have complete control over the smartphone industry.

  • Weezer

    With Steve Jobs gone Apples crash and burn is going to be massive and
    as fast as RIM’s. The company has lost the ability to innovate and must
    turn to patent trolling to survive as products developed under Steve
    Jobs grow older and older, only occasionally receiving minor updates.

    Yes, Apple has lost it’s “cool factor”.

    • Jamille Browne

      i think the iPhone 5 is going to be the last good iPhone as i dont believe anyone in that building will know what to do next.

      • Michael Launier

        Of course they’ll know what to do next: iPhone 6, now with a slightly higher pixel density and an “innovative” feature (that has most likely existed for years)! Seriously, you’d have a hard time finding a more predictable company.

  • CarlosFontesJr

    I remember when Steve Jobs passed away, Google delayed the unveiling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 out of respect for Mr. Jobs.

    It’s really nice to see that Apple is just as classy, considerate and thoughtful.

    “Apple does great products, but at the end of the day we think consumers want choice, want openness.”
    – Rob Glaser

  • Marsg

    6th of August by then we will be close to the new nexus release >.>

  • jak_341

    I would have laughed if Apple called them ‘gypsies, tramps, and thieves.’

  • Nick_Lopez_Loya

    Apple fools no one saying android is a copy of ios. It only took me 10 minutes of playing with an iphone to realize how archaic it is. Pretty hardware though.

  • annie

    them acting like this makes me so intrigued about the samsung product that i might just get one ~_~

  • Scott Benkenstein

    Apple is a cult not a company. They prefer to stifle innovation rather then compete in the free market because in the end they know they will ultimately lose.

  • ecdy

    And of course, it’s not at all clear that those goods are “stolen, pirated, or counterfeited.” Or that the patents involved are in fact valid. It’s the Court of Appeals (or the Supreme Court) that will have the final say on those issues. Many District Court decisions have been proven to be wrong by the higher courts.

  • mbcls

    what do you expect? iDIOTphone designed for idiots, made by iDIOT company!

  • n.r. bovee

    Rather than choosing to innovate, Apple chooses to litigate. You have to
    wonder if the fresh ideas gas tank at Apple is on fumes since Jobs
    death. Tim Cook needs to get his panties unbunched and start innovating again.

  • Sondrek17

    Maybe wo should have one of those tourch marches, like the ones against fur clothes. That would be cool.

  • Zenstrive

    We group them with “bankers, illuminati, and NAZI”

  • nemesys06

    Wow, when i couldn’t think they could get any more desperate, they prove me wrong

  • adam perkins

    What does Apple expect would happen, at one time Apple had an aggrement with Samsung and worked on stuff together when Samsung was the small fry, now they are in the car next to them and they don’t like it,well to bad, that’s how the tech market works,Apple thinks if you can’t beat them keep them in court, HA

  • Del373

    I’m torn…I really like my MacBook Pro. OSX is pretty nice sometimes…and the fact that I can restart it and have Windows 7 ready to run my Steam games is pretty nice. But this bs they keep shelling out is inexcusable. I really like Apple laptops…but I won’t by buying another if they continue down this road. I’ll stick with a Windows desktop and get a netbook or perhaps the MS Surface or an Android tablet for my mobile computing solution.

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