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Samsung's Galaxy S on the left, Apple's iPhone 3GS on the right
Apple means business with its new lawsuit against Samsung

There's no question that Apple turned the smartphone market upside down when it introduced the original iPhone way back in during the summer of 2007. After its release, numerous competitors kicked into overdrive to come up with smartphones built around a touch interface. 

Apple again caught the industry with its pants down when it launched the iPad in 2010. Once again, competitors were caught off guard and rushed to get their own products onto the market.

In a new lawsuit filed this week, Apple is alleging that at least one of its competitors -- Samsung -- took a few shortcuts in getting its smartphones and tablets to market. Those shortcuts, Apple alleges, are that Samsung copied the exterior design and interface elements of its iOS-based devices.

Apple names the Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, and Nexus smartphones along with the Galaxy Tab tablet in the lawsuit according to the Wall Street Journal

Apple claims: 

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. 

Ina Fried of Mobilized received stronger language from an Apple spokesperson; "It’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. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Apple may have a point when it comes to the Galaxy S smartphones, as the design and interface do look more than a bit like the iPhone 3GS. It remains to be seen whether the courts will agree with Apple, however.



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RE: So...
By dubldwn on 4/18/2011 5:33:40 PM , Rating: 0
Hey buddy I think people need to sober up and put their general feelings about Apple aside on this one. My girlfriend has a Galaxy S and I have a 3GS. The similarity of the UI and icons is cringe worthy. TouchWiz is such a ripoff of iOS it’s embarrassing. People have been saying that from day 1. I won't use a car analogy and say Samsung is the Hyundai of the electronics world, nor will I comment on whether or not it's legal.


RE: So...
By amanojaku on 4/18/2011 6:36:54 PM , Rating: 5
Yes, the idea someone else would develop a rectangular display with icons is VERY far fetched. Samsung should have made it conical, with a text-based display.

The iPhone is display is the lowest-common denominator. There is no imagination, innovation, or magic.


RE: So...
By dubldwn on 4/18/11, Rating: 0
RE: So...
By jhb116 on 4/18/2011 8:59:42 PM , Rating: 5
I think people's general feelings for Apple are properly placed. The iPhone was not the first touch screen smart phone - i know shocking. Nor was the iPad the first touch screen tablet - I know I'm speaking blasphemy now for which I'll be stricken to hell for. The reality is that Apple was NOT the first - they just broke into a market full of sucky products and made a well integrated product with fewer flaws. I'll give them credit for a well integrate product, as they should be - but they where not the first so get off you fanboy horse and come down to reality. Reality is that Apple improves existing products, claims to be the first then sues everyone once they catch up. This is a cycle repeated many times over in their history.


RE: So...
By tamalero on 4/18/2011 9:34:45 PM , Rating: 2
correct, Archos had a tablet way before the whole Sheeps of apple flocked to the "ipad".

no idea about the "touch" phone, but that would be the Blackberry series, right?


RE: So...
By augiem on 4/18/2011 9:59:08 PM , Rating: 5
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_Prada_(KE850)

The LG KE850, also known as the LG Prada,[1] is a touchscreen mobile phone made by LG Electronics. It was first announced on December 12, 2006. (Further down the article) LG Electronics has claimed the iPhone's design was copied from the LG Prada. Woo-Young Kwak, head of LG Mobile Handset R&D Center, said at a press conference, “We consider that Apple copied the Prada phone after the design was unveiled when it was presented in the iF Design Award and won the prize in September 2006.”[9][10]


RE: So...
By quiksilvr on 4/19/2011 9:19:47 AM , Rating: 3
And five years later, no lawsuit. Why? BECAUSE LG AREN'T ASSHOLES.


RE: So...
By EricMartello on 4/19/2011 1:57:24 PM , Rating: 2
If a company feels that another company is duplicating its intellectual property, then it is bad business NOT to take legal action. LG should have sued Apple if they thought their Prada design was ripped...the reason they didn't is anyone's guess but if they did, they could have been collecting royalties from Apple right now.

Yes, you can copyright a DESIGN, which to many of you would be "style". But that is not the only thing Apple is naming in the lawsuit. They're also claiming that Samsung is infringing on certain Apple patents regarding the device's OS design and functionality.

In this instance I'm inclined to agree with Apple. They're the ones who made these types of products popular, and companies like Samsung are really just trying to throw out a cheaper "copy cat" version. I have a Galaxy S phone which I like, but it is a Windows Phone which is > than iOS and Android. :)


RE: So...
By Denigrate on 4/19/2011 9:44:59 AM , Rating: 2
Try the Nokia Tablets, 770, N800, and N810 were all out long before Apple thought about an iPad. Difference is the Nokia's were geek tablets, and us geeks loved them, but the gen pop couldn't be arsed to figure out how to use them.


RE: So...
By robinthakur on 4/19/2011 9:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, but did it look like the iPad in any sense? Did the packaging resemble the iPad? Nope. It's not a cooincidence that hardly anybody here bought them, certainly not those making all the noise at the moment.

Looking at, particularly a Galaxy Tab and a Galaxy phone side by side with their Apple equivalents, only geeks and those that follow tech news could tell them apart (apart from the silver samsung logo) even down to the Samsung devices having white cloned Apple shaped cables. Yes their design is *very* clearly inspired heavily by the iPhone 3GS and the iPad, and this should be obvious to anybody with eyes. Whether you want to admit it is a different thing.

I think this is a real shame because it means that Samsung don't have the confidence to actually use their own designers in the way in which they have for their TV lines for example which are industry *leading*. They tried going their own path for phones for a while, but they always manage to look tacky and have shoddy build quality, which follows through to the Galaxy S. Apple clearly are one of, if not the only, tech company that gets decent design and how they can command a premium price for it, so for once in a copyright suit I completed agree with them.


RE: So...
By nafhan on 4/19/2011 1:26:26 PM , Rating: 2
"Apple shaped cables" do you mean a cable with a rectangular connector on each end? Hmmm...


RE: So...
By augiem on 4/18/2011 10:07:30 PM , Rating: 4
Apple's biggest "innovation" in history was the GUI w/ mouse which they stole from Xerox after being shown a fully working demo of Xerox's GUI. On a documentary about Apple I saw, the manager of the GUI team at Xerox said she argued strongly against showing Steve Jobs the prototype and warned the management that you'd be "giving away the house" or something to that effect. We all know what happened.

This is all par for the course with Jobs.


RE: So...
By Shadowmaster625 on 4/19/2011 8:32:52 AM , Rating: 2
yep. And that is the innovation americans are only too happy to reward.


RE: So...
By Fritzr on 4/19/2011 8:38:38 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft and Amiga Corporation (later bought by Commodore) also got the idea directly from Xerox.

Apple lost a similar lawsuit claiming theft of their idea for a GUI OS by Microsoft due to this Xerox history.

Atari got the idea after Jack Tramiel left Commodore to join Atari to develop what was known jokingly as the Jackintosh (Atari ST series)

If Apple wins the suit LG will have grounds for a lawsuit claiming Apple's theft of the LG design :P


RE: So...
By tayb on 4/18/11, Rating: -1
RE: So...
By euler007 on 4/19/2011 9:21:14 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
The iPhone was the first product built from the ground up for touch. This is a fact.


To this I counter: braille books.


RE: So...
By Denigrate on 4/19/2011 9:46:47 AM , Rating: 2
It's amazing what iSheeple will believe.


RE: So...
By euler007 on 4/19/2011 9:12:34 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'll give them credit for a well integrate product, as they should be


I mostly give credit to Foxconn to being able to build it to their spec at the insane low price. That's the reason for the real success of the iphone, it would have cost a lot more if built in the USA.

Them slave cities sure are productive.


RE: So...
By omnicronx on 4/19/2011 12:57:48 AM , Rating: 2
Thats ok, Apple just started with Samsungs S5PC110A01, and just altered it.. BAM.. A4..

Seriously people, the story here is not 'OMG YOU CAN't PATENT THAT', or 'OMG THAT IS A BLATANT RIPOFF OF iOS'

The story here is that Apple is suing the very manufacturer that produced pretty much every single iPhone/iPad SOC..

So what is the real motive here? Are you people completely overlooking the fact that this will take years to settle in which UI and hardware design will have drastically changed by then?

Is this a sign of things to come? Seems like a very big gamble to bite the hand that feeds you unless you have dark motives in play ;)


RE: So...
By bah12 on 4/19/2011 9:30:05 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Seems like a very big gamble to bite the hand that feeds you unless you have dark motives in play ;)
Seems like a very savvy business move to leverage as a negotiation point for cheaper SoC rates from Samsung to me. You were close but it is not biting the hand that feeds you, rather letting the hand know that you do have teeth if needed.


RE: So...
By Smilin on 4/19/2011 11:44:46 AM , Rating: 2
So does Windows 3.11 but I think you missed his sarcasm.


RE: So...
By seraphim1982 on 4/21/2011 4:44:04 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone rips off everyone... just whether you get caught or not. ie.
Apple / MS
Korean Cars / Jap Cars


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