Apples sues Samsung over copied design

The folks at Cupertino filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co., claiming Sammy copied the design and user interface of their iPad and iPhone for the Galaxy line smartphones and tablets.

samsung galaxy s and iphone 3g

From Apple:

“œRather 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.”

The main point of comparison is the Galaxy S against the iPhone 3GS which not only has similarities with the design and packaging but also with the application icons such as music, phone, SMS, and contacts.

“œIt’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” an Apple representative told Mobilized. “œThis kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

What’s interesting to note here is that Samsung is a major supplier of components like displays and processors for a number of Apple products.

With this going on, I wouldn’t be surprised if they want to bring in the MacBook Air against the Samsung Series 9 notebook to the mix. What do you think? Is Apple doing this to slow down Samsung or is there really some infringing going on?

[WSJ]
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  • phets

    Although it’s obvious that Samsung did copy Apple’s design.. Why did it take so long for Apple to sue Samsung, when Galaxy S has been long released and is about to release its second gen?

    • Messie

      It was quite a surprise that Apple sued Samsung. I have always known these two to be underground buddies despite being direct competitors since Apple needs Samsung’s products (LCD screens) while Samsung is getting a lot of it’s profit from Apple. Apple might have taken a longer time to figure out the pros and cons of suing one of their major suppliers.

    • that’s why i think it’s just apple’s way to slow down samsung. hmmm….

    • I agree with Calvin.

    • Chard

      Apple.. BOOOOHHH!!!!

  • I have always known these two to be underground buddies despite being direct competitors since Apple needs Samsung’s products (LCD screens) while Samsung is getting a lot of it’s profit from Apple. Apple might have taken a longer time to figure out the pros and cons of suing one of their major suppliers.

  • Richard

    This is not about iPhone and Galaxy S. It’s about iPad and Galaxy Tab (which is by the way, superb!)

  • pj

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  • who cares about the design? samsung galaxy is way better than the iphone, there’s no doubt about that.

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  • Bill

    I guess, Apple is trying too hard to make us believe they are the only ones driving technology and innovation. I like Apple products, and seems that this time they have a point against Samsung. They look very similar.

    • Casey

      People always say that Samsung’s Touchwiz UI is very similar to iPhone’s. Maybe it’s not just coincidence

  • Technology is not a one company or a one person property it is depend upon their companies technical background so Apple’s saying is not correct Samsung’s Galaxy and and Tablets are different from ipad.

  • Naklo

    It seems every time Apple creates a new product, a handful of other companies copy it almost right away.

  • iAn

    That is not healthy for Samsung.

  • WXB

    samsung is really a big big threat to apple