Apple is not having a good time of it lately, with most courts either invalidating its patents or refusing to ban its rivals products from sale without proof.
Now it seems that Apple is not giving up and has filed another patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung in Germany, this time calling for a sales ban on 10 smartphones it says violate its design rights.
The new court case does not make much sense, other than to satisfy Apple’s Steve Jobs’ promise to waste every penny his company has made trying to shut down Google’s Android. Jobs, who famously admitting stealing other people’s ideas, thought it was morally wrong that anyone produce anything that looked like the ideas he stole.
According to the Times of India, Apple’s new claims have been filed in the Dusseldorf Regional Court, and call for a ban on the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S Plus and eight other models.
Jobs’ Mob has also filed a suit against five Samsung tablets “related to a September ruling” that imposes a sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Samsung redesigned the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, which the Dusseldorf court said in December is different enough from the iPad that “it is unlikely to grant an injunction” against the new design. So it is not clear what the five tablets are that Apple thinks look like the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 ruling was on shaky ground as an appeals court also voiced doubts about the reach of Apple’s European Union design right, which won the company the injunction against it in the first place.
All that Apple appears to be doing is repeating its tablet antics against Samsung with smartphones. The smartphone case is set to go to the courts in August and the case against Samsung’s tablets will follow in September.
It could all go pear shaped for both companies. Last year the scrap between the two caught the eye of the European Commission, which is conducting an antitrust investigation into the two.