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