Apple and Samsung back in court

Samsung told a court that it will not to flog or advertise the Galaxy Tab 10.1 before September 30 in the latest round by Cook’s Crowd to silence competition for its keyboardless notebook.

Apple has been in courts worldwide in a bid to stop its number one tablet rival from getting a foothold in the market.

Apple claims that it invented the tablet before the creation of the world and therefore anything flat and square must be a copy of Steve Job’s brilliance.

Apple is apparently going to do something radical in the case by the end of the week. Instead of injunctions and other moves to keep Galaxy tabs off the shelf, it will have a stab at presenting a bit of evidence to a US Federal Court. It is also going ot provide detailed statement of facts by September 5.

This is a risky strategy in that Apple appears to be hoping that the court will actually believe one of the central points of its faith, namely that Apple invented everything including the mouse, the wheel, and fire.

Samsung will provide points in answer by September 16, with the case going to a formal hearing on September 26 and 29.

According to AP,  Samsung sang that it intended to file a cross-claim accusing Apple’s iPad of infringing several of its own patents.

Meanwhile in Australia, Samsung showed three samples of a new, modified version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 it intended to launch. It said that it did not have any of the patent technology which Apple claimed it has infringed. Apple claimed that the new version still infringed its patents. It is not clear on what grounds. But it is probably something to do with the belief that Samsung copied the iPad’s design. The outfit selling something flat and square is almost certainly going to be seen as copying Apple’s design, even though the idea was first seen in the 1960’s flick 2001 a Space Odyssey.

Samsung’s lawyers argued Apple had presented no new evidence detailing why the new version infringes its patents. Samsung planned to launch the new version in the week beginning September 12.

It is worth point out that Apple Messiah Steve Jobs once told his disciples that “Picasso had a saying, he said ‘good artists copy, great artists steal’ and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”

He did not say that once the ideas were stolen, god help anyone who copies them. After all that would be hypocritical.