Apple & Samsung have been at it again. Fronting the US Court of Appeal Apple’s legal team claimed that it was enough to prove Samsung infringed on Apple’s patents to support the argument that the allegedly infringing Samsung Galaxy line-up directly caused a loss of customers – ie: income – for Apple iPhones and iPads. In December 2011 a judge ruled against Apple on the basis that they did not provide enough information to substantiate their claimed losses. Previously Apple had been instructed to supply their jealously guarded sales figures to validate claims of lost revenue and growth. Apple’s lawyers have yet to comply with any judicial request to supply sales data.
Apple’s lawyer, Michael Jacobs, said it is enough to show that Samsung likely infringed on Apple’s patents used in products such as the iPhone, and that Apple is likely to be hurt. The trial judge found both those things but not enough evidence of a causal link.
The worldwide battle for supremacy continues between Apple and Samsung. Lawsuits and countersuits are currently before the courts in multiple countries across Asia, Europe and America.