Speed to market with innovative products is the key to success in many sectors, but especially so in the mobile telephone and computer market. Apple and Samsung have over 50% of this market and are bitter rivals in the battle of ‘smart devices’. Now in order to protect their intellectual property (IP) both firms are resorting to the courts to decide who can compete with what. In the latest hearing, a US court has found that Samsung has infringed Apple’s patents and ordered them to pay $600 m. in compensation. Earlier this year, courts in South Korea had found that both companies had infringed the others’ patents. These disputes over IP apply not just to the technical hardware being used, but also with regards operating systems, app designs and physical appearance of devices.
Source: BBC News