What came first: the chicken or the egg? It's a question most everyone in Texas is familiar with, but now it seems to be taking on a 21st century twist. Which came first: the Samsung smartphone or the iPhone?
In recent months, the nation has been shocked by the recent lawsuit between the Korean electronics company Samsung, and the technology powerhouse Apple regarding patent infringement on certain smartphone technologies.
With the release of Apple's new iPhone 5, Samsung has once again added another item to their lawsuit which is attempting to prove that Apple is actively copying their phone designs and functionality. A statement from Samsung points out that "under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights."
But Apple insists that they are the victims of copying, not the other way around. According to a spokesperson from Apple, the company has always prided itself on originality and innovation. They claim to be making the products strictly for their customers, not for their competitors to "flagrantly copy."
Just last month Apple scored a legal victory over Samsung when a U.S. jury found the Korean firm had copied critical features of the iPhone and awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages.
It's unclear at the moment who will win in the end but it points out a very clear message to the population: as we move ever closer to a tech-driven civilization, how will companies be able to prove without a shadow of a doubt that they are victims of intellectual property theft or victims of copyright infringement?
Source: Reuters News, "UPDATE 2-Samsung to add iPhone 5 to U.S. lawsuits vs Apple," Miyoung Kim, Sept. 20, 2012
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