Apple vs Samsung - Rock em Sock em Robots

With bargaining now off of the table, Samsung and Apple are back to swatting at one another in the courts.  Now it appears that speed may make all the difference.

Earlier this month Apple attempted to once again ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and very late on Friday night the Korean manufacturer filed its rebuttal to the injunction.  In short, Samsung is claiming that because the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a 4G model, it can't be considered competition to the iPad 2 as Apple does not offer a version with a 4G radio.  Of course, this means that one has to believe that would be the only deciding factor in a purchase.  Additionally that means the Galaxy Tab 10.1 still does 3G as its backwards compatible and offers Wi-Fi, both of which Apple does sell.

While Samsung attempts to fight this potential injunction, the odd bit is that the company essentially failed to redesign the Galaxy Tab 10.1 which would have allowed it to avoid this mess.  Late last year Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany to get around a similar situation, so one has to wonder why it didn't follow a similar pattern here in the United States.

As it currently stands, it does look like Apple could be successful in blocking sales of the Tab 10.1, but we'll have to wait and see what the courts eventually decide.

[via FOSS Patents]