The Apple-Samsung patent brawl

Apple and Samsung Electronics have been trading blows in their patent stoush around the globe since April and there are bruises on both sides.

Apple has managed to get injunctions banning the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy products in Germany and Australia but Samsung has tasted recent victory in the US.

The South Korean giant is actually close to getting its way in Australia as well but as pointed out in today’s Tech Deals, Apple has managed to frustrate Samsung by gaining a week-long extension to the injunction.

The bottom line for Samsung in Australia is that it needs to start selling the tablets as quickly as possible to tap into Christmas sales momentum. The longer it delays the angrier retailers and customers will become, and at the end of the day these devices have a limited product cycle after which attention invariably switches to newer, improved versions.

It's likely Apple’s hardworking lawyers have a feeling that the game is up in Australia with regards to the temporary ban, but are trying to their level best to keep Galaxy off the shelves for as long as possible to dilute its impact. Apple could still see things come out in its favour next year but there is little doubt that it sees Galaxy as a major threat.

With that in mind here’s an infographic from Mashable, courtesy of Online MBA Guide, which gives you a blow by blow account of the patent war so far.



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