Cutting Corners: Battle of the Smartphones

Amy Reidy

Apple products have bestowed an ever-present tone on society today. Starting with a simple personal computer, the Apple I back in 1976, the company has grown very much since its beginnings.

It seems as though no matter which way one looks at any given time, there is an iPhone, iPod or iPad, equipped with iTunes and the App Store, all contained with their patented beveled corners, snug in the hands of users of all ages.

But among the sea of bitten mackintosh Apple logos are the Androids, equipped with the total Google package and beveled corners of their own. But are they truly their own beveled corners?

The folks at Apple would tell you that those carefully crafted corners being used to smoothly adjoin the sleek sides of certain Samsung phones are not corners that Samsung owns.

Apple, based on their recent victorious lawsuit against Samsung, has found reason to issue a request in court that certain Samsung products be banned for sale in the U.S.

Apple has a patent monopoly on the type of corners found on the following Samsung phones: Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 (AT&T), Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.

The lawsuit preceding Apple’s appeal to rid the market of these phones cost Samsung $1.05 billion in a nine-juror ruling.

This punishment is based on damages due to patent infringement over the time of sale of these Samsung devices. While a temporary ban was placed early on in the lawsuit regarding a Samsung tablet device, that device was not found in violation of the patents held by Apple Inc., and therefore Samsung is fighting to get that product back on the market as well as prevent even more products being taken off the shelves of mobile carriers across the country.

Both companies, according to the judge’s ruling, have the opportunity to submit written arguments regarding Apple’s request to eradicate the eight Samsung phones found at fault.

In the submission already presented by Samsung, the company makes it clear that they will “take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of (its) products in the U.S. market.” Apple Inc. has yet to submit their rebuttal.