Former Engadget editor Nilay Patel has published a thorough analysis of ’s lawsuit against Samsung for copying its devices.
Taken as a group, it feels like a remarkably solid case – Samsung can’t just up and countersue Apple with its own patents and hope to walk away with a handshake and a cross-license because of the various trademark, trade dress, and design patent claims. How the company decides to deal with those issues remains to be seen; there’s no question in my mind that Samsung designed TouchWiz to look and feel as much like as possible, and then marketed it as such.
Interestingly, Apple reveals some sales and advertising figures in the suit. The company has sold "over 60 million" iPod touches as of March 2011, as well as 108m iPhones and 19m iPads. They also spent $2 billion advertising the , , and from 2007 to 2010.
For its part, Samsung says it will "respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property… Apple is one of our key buyers of semiconductors and display panels. However, we have no choice but respond strongly this time"