Apple has been handed a number of losses recently in its lawsuits against Samsung in courts around the world. In late November, Samsung won an appeal overturning a ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1. A German judge in late November then ruled against Apple after Samsung made changes to its Galaxy Tab 10.1 (the new revision was called the 10.1N) to skirt Apple’s design infringement claims.
Naturally, those legal setbacks weren’t enough to dissuade Apple from following up with more lawsuits. Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has started up a fresh round of lawsuits against Samsung in Germany’s Dusseldorf Regional Court. The first lawsuit takes aim at 10 Samsung smartphone designs. The second lawsuit targets five of Samsung’s tablet computers.
Google’s Android mobile operating system has increasingly become a thorn in Apple’s side as it has grown to dominate the global smartphone market. Samsung in particular is seen as a threat, as analysts expect Samsung to report the sale of 35 million smartphones during Q4 2011 compared to roughly 30 million iPhones for Apple.
Analysts are predicting Samsung’s full-year 2012 smartphone sales to reach between 150 and 170 million units.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs started the crusade against Android and vowed to pull out all the stops to steamroll Google’s mobile operating system:
I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.
It now appears that even after Jobs’ passing, the fight will continue for the foreseeable future. Most recently, Apple found itself on the losing end when Motorola won a favorable initial judgment saying that it didn’t infringe upon three Apple patents.
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