The smart phone war has swung against Apple.
The Wall Street Journal reports
that a court in California has thrown out a request from Apple for a preliminary injunction reports blocking sales of Samsung's Galaxy products in the U.S. ahead of the crucial holiday-sales season. Apple has been locked in a patent war with Samsung across several continents. As the WSJ notes, the court decision is actually a big win for Samsung. "Friday's ruling will not extinguish the legal wrangling between the two tech giants and Apple's main complaint won't be heard until months from now. In the meantime, Samsung gets more of its products in front of more U.S. consumers. That is what Apple fears most."
Apple and Samsung are slugging it out with 20 lawsuits in 19 countries. This battle is expensive, dirty and desperate because Android systems, the main competitor to Apple, run on Samsung. But is it really about intellectual property?
The European Union says it has less to do with IP rights and far more to do with trying to illegally beat the snot out of the competition. Joaquín Almunia, the European Union's Competition Commissioner, in effect, its chief anti-trust regulator has said: "In the IT sector, it is obvious it is not the only case. Apple and Samsung is only one case where intellectual property rights can be used as an instrument to restrict competition"
And that is what this is all about.