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Apple Sues Samsung Over Patent Infringements


Apple Sues Samsung Over Patent Infringements

Here we go again. Apple is heading back to court and this time it is Samsung who is in the crosshairs.

Apple is pulling no punches with this lawsuit claiming that Samsung’s line of Galaxy smartphones and tablets are “slavishly” copying the iPad and iPhone. “Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smartphone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products,” the submission to the courts from Apple says. While Samsung’s devices uses Android compared to Apple’s iOS, the lawsuit focuses on the Galaxy’s design features, such as the look of its screen icons.

“This kind of blatant copying is wrong,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet added in a statement. “We need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.” Samsung has said it would respond to the action "through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property. Samsung's development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success." The question all tablet makers are now asking themselves is: are they next? The question arises because if the three versions of the Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy S smartphones are similar to Apple’s iPad and iPhone, then surely most other Android tablets and phone face similar action.

There is no doubt that Apple is the market leader and innovator in the smartphone and tablet game and everyone is scurrying to catch up. While the smartphone sector has all but caught up and even surpassed the iPhone, it is a different story when it comes to tablets. This latest patent infringement lawsuit is just one of hundreds currently before the courts in the States concerning technology companies – a number of which include Apple. Indeed Apple is one of Samsung’s biggest customers, bringing in around £3.5 billion last year mainly through the purchase of semiconductors.

Whether this action ever leads to anything is debatable but what it does do, is shoot a warning shot across the bows of all smartphone and tablet manufacturers that they just can’t copy Apple’s ideas and get away with it.

Source: New York Times


April 19, 2011, 2:40 pm

Sometimes I think that my total disdain for the Apple business model is unwarranted...and then events like this one remind me why it isn't.

PS- that logo that TR's use on the bottom of the page with the 'Make the right choice' is better than the one at the top. Common TR's 'Make the right choice'!


April 19, 2011, 3:05 pm

Off-topic but the new TR Logo up top, makes me think that someone liberally used the blur filter in Photoshop. It just doesn't look that great (imo).

Also, is it just me, or doesn't the new site remember that you're logged in across sessions? I have to keep in logging in to make comments - I'm sure the old site remembered you.


April 19, 2011, 3:54 pm

Yes, Apple what's the fuss about? Want some FREE publicity? Hmm, Lawyers aren't cheap so can't be that?!

The Samsung products are VERY clearly different: They are NOT a rip-off looking at the prices - in my humble opinion!!!

Hey, isn't the Apple logo like the one that the Beatles had? Pot calling...

Throw the case out your Honour - along with parts of this 'new' TR website!

Now that @lifethroughalens' pointed out the TR logo with the strapline, which I had not noticed AT ALL and so clearly was doing it's job of wasted space ;-), yea I agree why's the strapline not accompanying the main logo?

Sorry guys but you're making it hard on yourselves!

Excepting a few thoughtless Commenters most of the TR readers are on your side but it seems like you're not listening. May be you could clear the air and show us that is not the case!


April 19, 2011, 5:08 pm

Nothing to look at people, there are plenty of companies suing Apple. I think it's more of a defensive stance than anything else. They might be something Samsung have got/doing that Apple might be thinking of implementing.


April 19, 2011, 7:07 pm

I'm not always a fan of Apple or their methods, but I happen to agree with them here. The silver trim around the edges of the Galaxy S, the rounded off corners of the device, the large central home button, the squared off icons, the 4 icon dock. IMO these cosmetic tweaks all blatantly ape Apple. It's as if Samsung went out of their way to make Android look like their version of iOS, and I'm surprised they've gotten away with it for so long.

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