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  • Apple Taking Frenemy Samsung to Court For 'Copying' iPhone, iPad Aesthetics


    If Charlie Sheen seems more stable than Apple's attitude toward Samsung these days, you're not alone in that observation. Although Apple isn't "winning" as many lawsuits as it would prefer, nothing can deter Apple from its love of courtroom showdowns, the latest of which pits the venerable tech giant against its longtime friend/enemy Samsung.

    "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," the filing from Apple reads.

    When it comes down to specifics, Apple points to the apparent similarities between their iDevice line and Samsung's Galaxy S, Nexus S and Epic 4G smartphone. Indeed, there are some striking similarities. But it isn't yet clear how the legal system will - or can - address this subjective situation.

    "We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We've decided to do something about it," Steve Jobs said when Apple went after HTC for similar intellectual property and patent infringements. "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

    Of course, the irony of Apple's suit is that the company remains Samsung's largest customer - an arrangement that will likely persist throughout 2011. Apple is expected to cough up an estimated $7.8 billion this year alone on Samsung components for use in the iDevice line.

    Source: Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Taking Frenemy Samsung to Court For 'Copying' iPhone, iPad Aesthetics started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 73 Comments
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      The galaxy s phones stock look the same I have it rooted it and switched roms
    1. sfjava's Avatar
      sfjava -
      Here's a great detailed legal analysis regarding this lawsuit:
      Apple sues Samsung: a complete lawsuit analysis | This is my next...

      Go Apple!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      Now do you want to link to the correct image ?
      TUAW -- The Unofficial Apple Weblog

      Of course, I have done no research to validate this link either.
      Just pointing out that just because you see something on the interweb does not make it true.
    1. souljerr's Avatar
      souljerr -
      im not picking sides but this is wat i think theyre angry about mainly lol

    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Quote Originally Posted by souljerr View Post
      im not picking sides but this is wat i think theyre angry about mainly lol

      now THAT i can very much see the resemblance!

      Yeah i'd be pretty mad too if I saw someone who made an almost exact duplicant of my product. Apple has every right to defend their style!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Yes, I bet Xerox were really hacked off with Apple when they copied their WIMP interface....
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      It's not just about looks, its' about specific patents that Apple has which samsung has infringed upon. Apple has many patents about the layout and look of their products and the iOS software that Samsung and also some other companies have copied and therefore infringed on. Products may look alike but since its patents that are being infringed then they are allowed to sue.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Everyone sues everyone else, occasionally a few million pass hands but mainly it's the lawyers that get rich.
    1. speegler's Avatar
      speegler -
      So would this then be grounds for a counter suit, lol.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Look its the same hand
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Look, it's the same photo that has already been debunked
    1. domenicp's Avatar
      domenicp -
      Quote Originally Posted by robbpell View Post
      if this is about samsung why do they have an ipad in the picture! lol
      lol
    1. Grimlet's Avatar
      Grimlet -
      iPhone; often imitated, never duplicated. 