The Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)-Samsung patent battle has surfaced yet again. The latest allegation is that the Apple iPhone 5 is in violation of 8 patents – 2 are standard patents and the rest are feature-related, owned by Samsung.
The trial is a long way off in 2014. In the meantime, it is doubtful if the allegation will affect sales of iPhone 5, especially since Samsung has not approached the court for a pre-trial ban. Chances don’t look too good for Samsung regarding the ban, because the 8 patents in question are the same ones for which Samsung has previously slapped a lawsuit against prior versions of iPhones.
Apple received a favorable verdict last month from U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). The company is temporarily cleared of 4 patent violation allegations by Samsung related to wireless technology. Current ruling is yet to be determined by a six-member ITC panel, but normally, the full commission does not ignore the judge’s statements.
Apple won a trial against Samsung in August, an event which was splashed in every medium. Samsung was found guilty by a 9-member jury of infringing 6 patents owned by Apple and the former’s counter accusations were declared invalid. Apple received a damages amount of $1.05 from Samsung.
In recent times, few companies have shown a growth rate like Apple be it their products, apps, iCloud, the new iPhone 5, the new iPad, Apple TV, etc. They have built up a strong and solid customer base over the years, which is why the revenue keeps increasing. However, its rivalry with Samsung constantly leading to showdowns in courtrooms and immense competition in the smartphone and tablet markets, are a huge obstacle for their stock price to go up.