Apr 262011

Remember that scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail where the French begin to arbitrarily fire livestock at King Arthur’s knights instead of actual ammunition? On the face of it, that’s what Samsung is attempting to do to Apple.

After Apple busted out 16 claims spanning patents, trade dress, and trademark infringements, Samsung said that they would “…respond actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property…”. Instead of “responding”, Samsung grabbed a bunch of patents they had lying around and said “we have those too!” claiming that Apple is infringing on 5 patents that have nothing to do with Cupertino’s claims.

I’m not an intellectual property litigator, but doesn’t it look a little hokey when you’re called to the carpet by a company for infringement and you counter by producing patents that have nothing to do with the claim?  I hope Samsung defended the IP it’s claiming Apple violated against other manufacturers or has some kind of licensing agreement with them. It’d be nice to have something that would explain why these claims are being made now, especially when the tech press keeps calling it a “response” to Apple’s action. Unless “respond” means “caught dead in the act”. Then it makes perfect sense.

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