Samsung Says the Minuscule Sales of the Galaxy Nexus Means It's Not a Threat to Apple

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In the other court battle between Apple and Samsung, Apple is accusing the Galaxy Nexus of violating Apple's "universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system" patent with its Universal Search. Samsung is saying Apple shouldn't feel threatened by the Galaxy Nexus because the sales of the phone are so "minuscule". Really.

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According to Bloomberg, after Apple lawyer Mark Perry of Gibson Dunn, told the court that the Galaxy Nexus was Samsung's "beat-Apple strategy" and that it "was the top of the line, Cadillac phone they trotted out to compete with the iPhone", Samsung said:

Samsung lawyer John Quinn said Apple, which has the biggest share of the U.S. market, wasn't harmed by the "minuscule" sales of the Galaxy Nexus, so there's no threat if the phone remains on the market.

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Oof. It is relatively true—according to Samsung's lawyer, Samsung sold $250 million of the Galaxy Nexus device in the first two quarters while Apple sold $16.2 billion worth of iPhones in the last quarter. Samsung is effectively trying to argue that the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone aren't competing with each other and if they are competing, Apple is clearly winning this battle and it should be no skin off their back. The case is in the appeals court right now as Samsung is trying to get the courts to overturn an order to stop selling the Galaxy Nexus in the US until the patent-infringement case can be held (it's currently set for 2014). Ugh to all these court battles. [Bloomberg]

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kaisermachead
kaisermachead

I think this is a poorly thought out defense, regardless of the case. If I was accused of infringing upon someone else's copyright or patent, I certainly wouldn't be able to get away with the argument that I'm not a threat because I don't sell enough of the infringing product.