Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Likeness to iDevices

Wowsers! It's not often that courtroom battles are interesting, but we're guessing that this is one of those rare occasions where it will indeed have the eye of the tech world for some time to come. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple (yes, the company that makes the iPad) has just sued Samsung Electronics (yes, the company that makes the rival Galaxy Tab). That's no small deal, and it could open up an entirely new can of worms when it comes to companies "taking inspiration" from similar products.

According to the report, Apple has sued Samsung "claiming the Korean electronics giant copied the look and feel of its popular iPhone smartphones and iPad tablet computers." But here's what's really crazy -- there are numerous companies in Asia that have outright copied Apple's goods, right down to the home button. The difference, we're guessing, is that Samsung is a mega company, and a company that has profited mightily from taking inspiration from Apple's goods. The lawsuit specifically claims that the Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Nexus S and Galaxy Tab "violated Apple's intellectual property." Specifically, it said: "Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products."

Those are huge fighting words, and while neither company is responding for comment right now, it's no laughing matter. The reason we find this so interesting is that it has the potential to bleed over. Just about every slate-style smartphone looks a little bit like the iPhone, and in turn, the Galaxy line of phones. So, where does the line draw itself? Who is copying who? Isn't there some level of expectation that all smartphones will look somewhat similar? We're sure we haven't heard the last of this one...
Drake_McNasty 3 years ago

Based on that argument can't Sony, Kodac, or PanDigital(or any of the other hundred photo frame companies) sue apple for making their tablets look like their digital photo frames?

LLeCompte 3 years ago

suing, the new way to boast profit! and make people hate you.

fat78 3 years ago

*Haha* This is just stupid that apple sues over the slightest thing.

pjnissim 3 years ago

A battle not worth fighting in my opinion- but i don't think my two cents are going to make much of an impact on this one. apple should just continue to push themselves to put out a continuously better product, they have a better UI and they know it.

omegadraco 3 years ago

First off it uses Android so they didn't really really copy their UI and as far as looks are concerned WTF it will be ridiculous if they win this one.

jonation 3 years ago

apple copyrighted bezels and glass

moparcon 3 years ago

This ticks me off. No way to describe how stupid this is. The crap, Apple - just let it go.

Money-hungry mother truckers.

inspector 3 years ago

Ya i have seen many company's have products designed similar to apple products. As in the past post here on HH i have pointed out which ones i think look similar :). LAME! but i kinda knew it would come or at least thought it would and it did...

AKwyn 3 years ago

I can see the design resemblance but unless Apple uses very rounded corners and a dark grey background, I don't think it's logical to sue.

I mean how can they tell the difference between the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy, I mean they don't even look like the same product, how can people confuse a Samsung Galaxy with an iPad?

rapid1 3 years ago

I am really surprised it has been a VERY long time since I have heard about Apple suing anyone. I mean the last time I heard about anything like this was what last week, the week before, and maybe 2 weeks prior to that.

OSunday 3 years ago

I think this may be one of the first time apple has a point, the likeness between Apple and Samsungs flagship phone products (Iphone's, Samsung Galaxy) is uncanny!

However the fact Apple files a lawsuit over anything and everything reduces the validity of this one potential legitimate patent infringement

Oh Apple this is what happens when you run and cry "Patent Violation!" for every little thing

everdark44 3 years ago

I hear that Nvidia is planning on sueing radeon for copying their use of PCIe and making square cards.

der meister 3 years ago

Didn't the galaxy tab get released before the ipad 2. And doesn't the galaxy have both font and rear cameras. Which then apple copied for the ipad 2? Lol...

This lawsuit is stupid and pointless... The judge should just throw the case out.

Atticus14 3 years ago

i mean really now...its a rectangle with a screen, how original can you really be outside of stamping your logo on it. If Apple can get away with this then PC manufacturers have a case of Apple using their "idea" for tablets in the first place. Long before Ipads there were touch screen tablets (albeit with keyboards) that are really just the same..


whoever made the first beige keyboard could have been rich..."hey you stole my idea!"

mhenriday 3 years ago

Nice to see that the lawyers are - in their own inimitable way - earning their keep !...


omegadraco 3 years ago

I really hope it does get thrown out because you should not be able to patent general design aesthetics hence the rounded corners and buttons on the side. It's not like they copied their home button as well.

rrplay 3 years ago

I am wondering now if the reason the suits at Samsung have decided to sell the HD division is not because they may need the $$$ to pay attorney fees.Apple certainly has deep enough pockets to pick Apples outta anything esp with the competition

and yet it's perfectly OK for them to misrepresent the competition with so -called translation errors which we have seen before.

Now all they have to do is find a court that's not sure of the difference between Apples and Tablets.

acarzt 3 years ago

The Galaxy Tab comes with:

Black or White back.

It is the same thickness through out(maybe slightly tapered on the sides)

It has a front face Camera

It has 4 functional touch sensitive buttons on the front

The original Ipad:

Has a white back only

It is thickest in the center and tapers down on the sides"

No front Facing Camera

A Single button on the front that is mechanical, not touch sensitive

The Ipad 2:

Now offer 2 different colors

Is the same thickness all the way through, slightly tapered at the sides

Now includes a front facing camera

Same single button on the front.

So who copied who????

acarzt 3 years ago

Not to mention all of the other OBVIOUS differences.... like a 7" screen vs a 10" screen the 16:9 vs 4:3 ratio

The backing of the galaxy tab is sparkly :-)

The Ipad has 1 mono speaker the Galaxy tab has sterero

Galaxy has a microSD card slot and the Ipad does not.

HHGrrl 3 years ago

Apple and their lawsuit happy lawyers frustrate me. Seriously, do they really need to sue every successful company for every little thing?  Grr! Hope Samsung comes out ahead on this one.

JKim 3 years ago

Sour grape...I mean apple.

TPriess 3 years ago

"Your device is rectangular and has a screen?!?!?!?!?! COPIER!!!!!" Fools.

AKwyn 3 years ago

Even more ridiculousness, it seems like Apple is suing for way more then just the design of the phone.

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