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Apple and Samsung case rumbles on

Posted by: Laurence Simons 20/12/12

December's 'huge multinational company objects to potentially making slightly less money' news involves Apple and Samsung, who are currently fighting it out in court over a copyright infringement case.

Apple wants to block the importation and sale of Samsung phones and tablet computers, which bear a suspicious resemblance to discontinued models of their iPhone and iPad.

While it could be argued that smartphones all tend to look faintly similar, following the sleek, Star Trek-ish design style currently in vogue for all personal technology, there is no doubt that the specific Apple image has become iconic in the eyes of many consumers.

Morrison & Foerster partner Michael Jacobs used a motoring comparison to emphasise the situation, to wit - if Chevrolet came out with a car today that looked exactly like the 1965 Ford Mustang, would that be acceptable because Ford doesn't make that car anymore?

Despite this convincing argument, Law magazine reports that US district judge Lucy Koh appears to be becoming frustrated with the case, which has been going on for some time with no sign of a resolution between the two parties.

"I'm more than prepared to issue orders. You'll take this up on appeal, and we'll see what happens. But if there's anyway this court can facilitate some kind of resolution, I'd like to do that," she said.