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Apple Accused Of Tampering With Galaxy Tab Images


Apple Accused of Tampering With Galaxy Tab Images

Last week we reported that Apple had won a preliminary ruling in a German court which blocked the import of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 within the EU (except the Netherlands).

Now a Dutch website, Webwereld, has claimed that Apple, knowingly or otherwise, tampered with one of the images submitted to the court as part of its successful application. Apple claimed that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 “slavishly copied” the design of its iPad and that the two products are virtually identical.

One of the images submitted to the court to support this claim was one showing the two tablets side-by-side (below) and they are indeed tough to tell apart. The problem however emerges when you see that Apple has claimed the aspect ratio of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 1.36 and very close to the iPad 2’s 1.30. The official Samsung dimensions show that the actual aspect ratio is 1.46.

The issue arose following investigation by Research Networks, whose report said: “There are two images, the iPad and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and below Apple's claim that the 'general impression' is that the two products are 'virtually identical’. But the image of the tab is incorrect, because it does not match the real Galaxy Tab.” A further issue arose because the Samsung logo was absent from the front of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 making it look even more like the Apple tablet.

Following the injunction, Samsung has said it was going to “act immediately” to overturn the blockade and has an appeal hearing on 25 August when this issue is sure to be raised.

Source: Webwereld (translated)


August 16, 2011, 3:31 pm

If this turns out to be true then Apple should be fined at least a billion dollars for trying to dupe the courts; that would be the only way they would think of not trying to do something this shameful again.


August 16, 2011, 6:01 pm

At the very least they should be fined for anti-competitive practises for bringing the lawsuit in the first place, as well as fined for falsifying evidence.

Apple doesn't even have a leg to stand on if they claim the design rights to a grid of icons; many OS - mobile included - had grids of icons long before Apple started using that style for mobile devices!


August 16, 2011, 6:18 pm

This is disgraceful behaviour if true.

Protecting your IP is one thing but this is tantamout to falsifying evidence to gain an advantage in the marketplace.

If this does indeed turn out to be the case I hope the courts throw the book at Apple. But even a fine of $1bn wouldn't hurt them.


August 17, 2011, 12:12 am

Erm, yeah it would. $1bn less profit would hurt any company on the planet.

Also if they lose the cases they'll have to compensate Samsung for lost income.

It won't kill them, or even slow them down, but it'll hurt them.

Sahr Kamanda 1

August 17, 2011, 3:37 pm

Apple should just continue in the path of its awesome innovation instead of engaging in unnecessary court action and if this allegation turns out to be true, unscrupulous and shameful activity.

Adam Foreman

August 17, 2011, 3:40 pm

Am I the only one that doesn't understand any of these new lawsuits? For one, iPad for brand can't be mistaken for anything else? After all, it has it's iOS which is very distinctive and looks identical on iTouch and iPhone. Secondly, the Apple logo or rather lack of one would indicate it's not an Apple product, even more so that the box it comes in would give that away instantly. But for me, surely there is a monopolies issue? If there is no competition in the Tablet world, things would be rather boring. Therefore surely, every 10inch tablet should be sued by their definition. Apple by playing these games, makes feel scared of competition. They should know by now that Apple fanboy's are very loyal to the bitter end. It's very sad that it has come to this.

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