Apple Still Seeks German Ban on Samsung Sales with Latest Lawsuit

Apple has once again jumped into the lawsuit game. This time the iPhone manufacturer has filed another case against Samsung, targeting over 10 smartphone models.  Apple has filed this lawsuit in the Dusseldorf Regional Court, and is seeking to ban sales of several Samsung Electronics smartphone models, including the Galaxy S Plus and the S II. In addition to these smartphones, Apple has also filed a separate suit against five Samsung tablet computer models related to a September ruling banning the Galaxy 10.1 in Germany.

This is the latest in a string of lawsuits Apple’s brought against Android manufacturers. Samsung’s become a particularly heady target for the iPhone maker.  Just last month Apple filed a petition to ban some of the Samsung’s devices, but the Dusseldorf court said it is unlikely to grant an injunction against the Galaxy 10.1N. In addition to the German litigation, the iPad maker failed to convince an Australian court on Dec. 9 to reinstate a ban in that country. Both companies also filed patent suits against each other in several European countries, adding plenty of fuel to this fire.

Samsung’s on a roll

In fact, Samsung is on a roll. After dodging a US ban on their Galaxy smartphones and tablets and having the German ban on their tablet lifted, the gadget maker celebrates another victory in Australia, where the ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been lifted there as well.

A ruthless Apple

Just last month, Apple fought a small battle against HTC.  The International Trade Commission found substantial grounds that confirm Apple’s allegations identifying some HTC smartphones that used Android OS to have infringed their patents. As a result, HTC has to halt global shipping of affected smartphones to the US by April of 2012.

HTC was quick to update its devices according to the ITC ruling, circumventing any hiccups in its distribution process.  HTC faces competition from not just Apple, but other Android manufacturers as well.  Maintaining a global presence at this point in the mobile industry’s maturation is key for HTC’s success moving forward.

Another area HTC was quick to update was its Carrier IQ software support on handsets sold through Sprint.  The phone maker confirmed today that Sprint will be removing the controversial software from its HTC-built Evo 3D devices.