As the Apple vs. Samsung court case continues, graphic designer Susan Kare took the stand, stating that she saw “substantial similarities” between Samsung’s home screen icons and the Apple’s iPhone. Here, she seemed to echo the previous testimony from Apple expert witness Peter Bressler. According to The Wall Street Journal, Kare, a designer who has been credited with many of the original Mac’s icons including “happy Mac,” gave her testimony as an Apple expert witness at the trial, noting elements of Samsung’s UI infringing on the look of Apple’s iPhone home screen.
When Kare made her comparisons, she studied home screen icons on 11 Samsung smartphones released after the original iPhone debuted in 2007, including the “Captivate” and “Galaxy S 4G.” Among the icons studied were Contacts, Notes, Photos and Settings, which were compared to the counterpart on Samsung devices. In addition, the grid-type layout of the iPhone’s home screen was also accused of bring infringed upon by Samsung’s designs. Here, it should be pointed out that Apple owns patents regarding the look and layout of icons in the iOS platform, as seen in the company’s D’305 patent, which was filed for in 2007 and granted in 2009. According to the testimony, the two companies’ iconography was similar enough that Kare herself became confused at one point and mistook a Samsung headset for an iPhone. She mentioned the following:
I mistook one for the other. In addition to the analysis, I personally had the experience of being confused.
Samsung lawyer Charles Verhoeven argued that any customer would see the difference between an iPhone and one made by Samsung. To illustrate his point Verhoeven turned on three devices to show their respective boot sequences pointing out that that each smartphone displayed a company logo followed by a brief Droid animation, while Apple’s iPhone displayed the infamous Apple logo.
After going back and forth several times, the timeframe for today’s case had ended with the Apple vs. Samsung trial set to continue on Friday with testimony from Apple expert witnesses. In the mean time, you can see some of the court documents proving the similarities in icons below:
Source: The Wall Street Journal