Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

Summary: Apple has fired a lawsuit in Samsung's direction, accusing the electronics giant of copying "the look and feel" of the iPad tablet and iPhone for its Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Galaxy Tab, and Nexus S handsets, so claims the Wall Street Journal.

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Apple has fired a lawsuit in Samsung's direction, accusing the electronics giant of copying "the look and feel" of the iPad tablet and iPhone for its Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Galaxy Tab, and Nexus S handsets, so claims the Wall Street Journal.

Apple is firing some harsh words at Samsung:

"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."

Apple also has some compelling side-by-side images:

What's interesting here is that Apple has added the Nexus S to the list. This handset is Google's flagship Android handset (manufactured by Samsung) that runs stock Android 2.3 ... which means that Apple is claiming that Android 2.3 is part of the problem here.

This could get very interesting.

Complaint here (WARNING, 10MB PDF!)

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Laptops, Legal, Mobility, Samsung, Tablets

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  • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

    Very interesting and definitely I see the issue here.
    Ram U
    • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

      @Rama.NET

      So a crowded desktop UI is apparently Apple's only?
      tonymcs@...
    • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

      @Rama.NET
      <i>Very interesting and definitely I see the issue here.</i>
      Shhh, do not let the ABA crowd hear that, or you?ll be called an Apple pie, an iTard, or some other derogatory term.
      Rick_K
    • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

      @Rama.NET . you do? I wish i had the patent for round wheels.
      deaf_e_kate
      • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

        @deaf_e_kate

        That's exactly what I was thinking!
        theflash21
  • it's so obvious

    i was amazed that apple all these years let all those copycats get away with it. first google with their shameless iOS copy android, then htc, samsung and motorola with their iphone copies. it's about time apple protects its intellectual property. let them bleed.
    banned from zdnet
    • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

      @banned from zdnet
      If Apple are trying to claim copyright over a 4x5 grid of icons then they are on shaky ground as Samsung can claim prior art. (Palm Pilot, Pocket PC etc had these for years.) I don't believe they have multitouch patented either.

      For the hardware design they may have a point although you would never confuse a 7" Galaxy Tab with a 9" iPad. The Tab has capacitive external buttons for a start.

      The iPhone against the Galaxy S might be closer but the Galaxy has a larger screen and capacitive buttons again.
      dazzlingd
      • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

        @dazzlingd

        The physical size doesn't matter in a design patent. If a consumer looks at a 7" Galaxy Tab and, because of the way it looks, thinks that it may be an Apple product, it could be infringing on design patents.
        msalzberg
    • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

      @banned from zdnet

      Let me understand this... rounded corners, rectangular screen, one menu recall button. Excuse me, but I am having a little trouble imagining any phone that would not look like an iPhone. All of these features have been available for years and Apple could hardly have a patent on any one of them, two of them let alone all three.
      rbergeon
  • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

    What's even more interesting is Apple used Samsung's own PR images in the complaint.
    JamesKendrick
  • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

    Cutting off your supply chain Apple?
    tatiGmail
    • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

      @tatiGmail <br><br>Lets see who blinks first, Samsung who Apple is investing 7.8 billion in this year alone or Apple. My money is on Samsung blinking.
      dave95.
    • Samsung is ***not*** monopolitic company, but a conglamerate: for example,

      @tatiGmail: ... microelectronics is a separately managed company.

      <b>Totally different scheme</b> comparing to Apple, where all divisions work under the same management.
      DDERSSS
  • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

    OK, then MS needs to sue since they invented the tablet and use of icons on the desktop. Apple simply copied instead of creating a unique apple look. Of course, it was the obvious way so why should that be a patent at all. This is just horse sh_t. All patents like this are horse sh_t.
    timspublic1@...
    • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

      @timspublic1@...

      I don't think you understand what a design patent is.

      Oh, and I really don't think Microsoft invented either the tablet or the use of icons on the desktop.
      msalzberg
    • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

      @timspublic1@?
      <i>OK, then MS needs to sue since they invented the tablet and use of icons on the desktop. Apple simply copied instead of creating a unique apple look.</i>

      Microsoft copied the icons, from get this, Apple. Microsoft?s idea was to put a desktop OS on a tablet, and we all know how well that has worked out. Apple came up with a unique twist on tablets, and that is why everyone is copying them.
      Rick_K
      • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

        @Rick_K Get this, Icons on the Desktop Existed before Apple!
        slickjim
      • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

        @Rick_K Both Apple AND Microsoft stole the GUI with icons on the desktop from Xerox. Neither of them invented it.
        bigsibling
      • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

        @Peter Perry <b>Get this, Icons on the Desktop Existed before Apple! </b> Ummm no, they did not - at least not outside of a Xerox test lab. Xerox came up with the first GUI - everything before that was DOS which was text based not GUI based BTW - and Apple licensed it to use in their Macintosh Lisa.
        athynz
      • RE: Yowza! Apple hits Samsung with lawsuit over iPhone clones

        @athynz You need to stop speaking when the adults are talking! You told me I was wrong and then proved me right but Xerox was not the creator of the GUI and while the originator didn't use pictures, he did used text based icons or shortcuts.
        slickjim