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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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wow
By sprockkets on 4/18/2011 7:57:42 PM , Rating: 3
I can see the similarities between the two. If they have a design patent on it, oh well.

No matter. Even if apple is right, the only thing they will get out of it is looking like the whiny bitch Steve Jobs is , suing the world over "IP" he thinks he invented.

Hey Steve, didn't sell enough iphones this winter? Ipad2 sales are so terrible you can't keep enough in stock? Need to squeeze ever last drop of blood in the market?

GTFO.




RE: wow
By marvdmartian on 4/19/2011 9:16:17 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, come on......liver transplants cost money! And the clone Steve's having built, so he can have his brain transplanted to the new body? That's costing him BILLIONS, I'm sure!

Samsung should answer this lawsuit with the fact that in no way did they copy the iPhone......since their phone doesn't have any problems with cutting out if you hold it the wrong way! ;)


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