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More Odd Stories About Apple and the Koreas

While The-Ave has reported  rumors about Cupertino expressing interest in the new regime in North Korea, law suits between Apple and Samsung suggest a reason that could add another reason that Steve Job’s successors and the young leader of North Korea might find common cause ….

Hong Kong court allegedly sides with Apple in iPad name dispute

By posted Feb 16th 2012 at 1:44AM
If you’ve been following the latest bub around the hub, you may remember Apple’s recent scuff with Shenzhen-based Proview Technology — the Chinese outfit that holds the local trademark on the name “iPad.” Not only did Apple lose a trademark lawsuit for the iPad name, but some time later mainland government had the slabs removed from retailers in the city of Shjiazhuang. Now, Apple’s claiming that a Hong Kong court has sided with it in a similar battle, saying in a statement to China Daily that they purchased “Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago,” referring, perhaps, to the deal they made Taiwanese arm of the company, “Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple.” Xie Xianghui, Proview’s lawyer, shot back with his own statement, explaining that the court merely ruled that the trademark couldn’t be sold to a third party before hearing ends, claiming that this move does not count as a ruling in Apple’s favor. Xie went on to suggest the issue stemmed from Apple underestimating the legal complications of doing business in China.Apple v. Samsung: Cupertino’s latest complaint alleges 17 devices infringe 8 of its patents
By posted Feb 16th 2012 at 1:24AM

We were waiting for the details of Apple’s new lawsuit in its global battle against Samsung, and now that the court has posted the complaint, we have them. These fresh allegations claim Sammy has… you guessed it, infringed upon Apple’s intellectual property. Turns out, there are eight patents at issue, with four of the patents in question having been granted since the last time Apple filed suit against the Korean firm. Among these are patents for missed call management, slide-to-unlock and data-syncing technology. Apple isn’t just targeting the Galaxy Nexus with this suit as previously thought, either. In fact, at least 17 devices are alleged to have infringed, including all the US Galaxy S II variants, both the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 8.9. So, should the Northern District of California decide to grant Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction, a hefty chunk of Samsung’s mobile products will be barred from store shelves here in the States. It’ll be a bit before we hear Sammy’s side of the story, but for now, you can see all of Apple’s latest legal arguments below.


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