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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 augiem on 4/18/2011 9:59:08 PM , Rating: 5

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. :)

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