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Apple and Samsung Electronics began the latest round of their long-running global patent war on Monday as an Australian judge began hearing evidence for an anticipated three-month trial.
While any decision in the Australian case is unlikely to have a substantial impact in other jurisdictions like Europe or the United States where the technology giants are suing each other, lawyers say the trial proceedings could reshape the legal strategies employed by Apple and Samsung in other countries.
Mark Summerfield, a patent lawyer and senior associate with Melbourne-based law firm Watermark, said “there’s no doubt there’s a strategic and psychological effect” attached to the Australian case. “Courts in other countries will watch what is happening here,” he said.
Posted by Admin on July 23, 2012
HTC, the Taiwanese company that is one of the leading makers of Android-powered smartphones, is the controlling shareholder in Beats Electronics, the Santa Monica (Calif.)-based producer of high-end headphones founded by rap producer Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the chairman of Interscope, Geffen and A&M. You wouldn’t know that, though, from the statement Beats issued on July 2 announcing its acquisition of MOG, an on-demand music service. The announcement trumpets the importance of the deal for Beats—and does not mention that the California company is part of HTC, which bought control of Beats last year.
The omission is just a small indicator of a problem that HTC and other Taiwanese companies face as they try to survive as consumer brands. Taiwan is an important part of the global economy, thanks largely to its electronics industry, and the backbone of the industry has long been companies that produce computers, chips, displays and other components for others. The classic example of a Taiwanese company that does this sort of work in the background, without putting its own brand on the finished goods, is Foxconn, which makes iPhones and iPads for Apple.
Posted by Admin on July 17, 2012