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  • Samsung Ordered to Hand Over Specs, Prototypes, and Wives to Apple



    Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh dropped her ruling on Samsung in the patent infringement lawsuit Apple brought against the company.

    Koh ordered Samsung to provide Apple with product samples, packaging, package inserts, and manuals for the following unreleased, but widely covered devices:

    • Galaxy S2
    • Galaxy Tab 8.9
    • Galaxy Tab 10.1
    • Infuse 4G
    • Droid Charge


    Apple's suit accused Samsung of designing products "confusingly similar to Apple's iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone." The goods Samsung has been forced to turn over don't include any products that the public didn't already know about. Also, only the legal counsel that represented Apple during the proceedings will be able to look at the devices and their packaging. None of Apples in-house legal team or engineers will be able to get their hands on the devices.

    This ruling is more of an inconvenience, and embarrassment to Samsung than potentially damaging. In fact, Samsung handed out 5,000 Galaxy 10.1 tablets to the lucky attendees of the Google I/O conference. Most of the information about the requested devices is already out there.

    Apple will be granted "expedited discovery," which means Samsung has to turn over the goods to Apple within 30 days. After examining the products Apple can then decide whether or not they want to file for an injunction (stop Samsung from selling their products).

    It seems somewhat absurd to me that this even has to happen. Yes the Galaxy S2 looks an awful lot like a 3GS, and yes Samsung went back to the drawing board when the iPad 2 was released, but honestly, how many form factors for these devices are there? Hell they're all almost candybar phones now. Tablets by definition look like a slab. It's all a matter of how thick, what color, and screen size you want to implement in the devices. Even most of the processors, and other components in these devices are the same.

    Which brings us to the only real defining, and differing aspect of all smartphones, and tablet devices, the software. Unless Samsung is running a copy of iOS then this shouldn't really matter. Obviously, Samsung isn't playing copy-cat like the Chinese factory variants that appear in droves over seas, so whats the big deal?

    At the end of the day Apple is still going to be one of Samsung's largest customers, and Samsung one of Apple's largest component suppliers. The best of frenemies.

    Source: Apple forces Samsung to hand over Galaxy prototypes | Crave - CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Samsung Ordered to Hand Over Specs, Prototypes, and Wives to Apple started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -
      I know samsung was copycat....
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Good job Apple. You are officially one step closer to eliminating the competition and taking over the world.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Good job Apple. You are officially one step closer to eliminating the competition and taking over the world.
      Good job Apple you are one step close to putting your suppliers out of business.
    1. Nyra98's Avatar
      Nyra98 -
      What a bully...
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Everyone copies Apple but Samsung does copy the most, TouchWiz 3 looked very similar to iOS and the Galaxy S looked like a 3GS.

      And other Samsung phones looked like the iPhone 4 with its silver metal frame.

      If Apple can't get SAMOLED Plus of Samsung then there's no point in getting some parts for the iPhone 4 from them, go to Sharp or Toshiba, better quality.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      Good job Apple you are one step close to putting your suppliers out of business.
      No one is going out of business lol. It's every company's right to protect their intellectual property. The fact that Samsung supplies components for Apple makes it even worse on Samsung's end.
    1. PolishHacker's Avatar
      PolishHacker -
      Great Job Apple, it's about time you teach Samsung a lesson, hopefully you'll get your injuction and make Samsung stop selling stuff that is truly yours
    1. Taddeusz's Avatar
      Taddeusz -
      Seeing the pictures of Samsung devices next to iOS devices Apple definitely has a case. Not only did Samsung copy the general look of the iOS Springboard but they even copied the look of many of the individual icons.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Ridiculous how you can claim that there are no other ways for a touchscreen phone to look. Apple's iPhone 2G had a very distinct look that no other device at the time sported, yet the iPhone 2G was definitely not the first touchscreen candybar phone. Likewise with the iPad and other tablets. I expect more from the staff writers here.
    1. orsm6's Avatar
      orsm6 -
      I totally agree with the content of this column. Just how many variants to the form factor can you get? sure you can make one that looks absurdly different to the rest, wont sell more than five units and isn't ergonomically friend when held to your ear, for god sake Apple.... pull your head out of your ***** and take some medication. The level of paranoia that seeps from the pores of this company is astounding, I swear there is a team of people that do nothing but search the net all day looking for ways to sue someone for something!! Unless, again like the column stated, that another devices OS is using bits ripped out of Apples, then why would you bother....
    1. PolishHacker's Avatar
      PolishHacker -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      Ridiculous how you can claim that there are no other ways for a touchscreen phone to look. Apple's iPhone 2G had a very distinct look that no other device at the time sported, yet the iPhone 2G was definitely not the first touchscreen candybar phone. Likewise with the iPad and other tablets. I expect more from the staff writers here.
      WOW someone cleary is blind or needs glasses, you can cleary see that the entire springboard and icons look just like the springboard and icons you would find on a Ipod. Clearly Apple can't put patents on everything, but they can at least protect it's own creative design and creativity
    1. Mewedeeman's Avatar
      Mewedeeman -
      how many form factors for these devices are there? Hell they're all almost candybar phones now. Tablets by definition look like a slab....
      It's very simple. Smart phones and tablet pcs had been around for years before iPhone and iPads were introduced. But until then none of them looked and worked anything even close to an iPhone or iPad.
      Apple could have launched a smart phone or tablet many years before they did now, but instead they decided to put a lot of time and money into research and development regarding form factor, hardware and user experience.

      Samsung is simply taking a shortcut by copying Apple. How can anyone even defend that?
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Good job Apple. You are officially one step closer to eliminating the competition and taking over the world.
      Pretty much. Apple, go after the Chinese knock off phones. Leave Samsung alone. That phone looks slick.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Such a stupid argument. The car industry has this happening every single year yet they all seem to survive (aside from the business/union crap that runs the US comps into the ground).
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      I really don't think they look the same, i'd recognize an iPhone any day...
    1. SteveJobsEvilTwinBro's Avatar
      SteveJobsEvilTwinBro -
      First and foremost you have to protect your patents. Its all about the patents! This is somewhat ridiculous but necessary, tablets are going to look like tablets no matter who makes them but the IOS is another issue. Samsung is in it to make money and they saw an opening, thats business, in the end it only makes Apple's products that much more popular. Legal chess, court comes with the territory. Imho I want as many smart phones and tablets as possible where Apple isn't the only game in town, it keeps Apple on their toes and innovations come quicker, keeps things more interesting.
    1. Shady6's Avatar
      Shady6 -
      Everyone gets so worked up about apple suing but you need to protect your Intellectual Properties or you can and will lose them.
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      Wives?
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by PolishHacker View Post
      WOW someone cleary is blind or needs glasses, you can cleary see that the entire springboard and icons look just like the springboard and icons you would find on a Ipod. Clearly Apple can't put patents on everything, but they can at least protect it's own creative design and creativity
      WOW someone clearly needs to work on their reading comprehension. The person you quoted was making fun of the author of this article for suggesting that it's not exactly feasible for Samsung to come up with a different looking springboard/hardware.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Huh, Apple's actually scared that Samsung can be a strong competitor. At least that's what this smells like.

      I don't think anyone is going to confuse the iPad for a Galaxy Tab when they go to purchase one. And if they do, man... that is one stupid consumer.