Samsung and Apple have been battling in court with claim and counter-claim of patent infringement regarding their tablets and smartphones in recent times, but now another issue has arisen of copycat behaviour - this time related to tablet cases.
And it seems as if it wasn’t only Apple who thought the idea was a clever one. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 Smart Case by Anymode is nothing more than an exact copy of the Smart Cover design though with a full wrap around case to hold it in place instead of the magnets used in Apple’s design.
However, before Steve Jobs could get on the Apple Phone to his lawyers, Samsung moved to quickly distance themselves from the copycat design. On its official blog, Samsung said:
“As a general practice, Samsung Electronics reviews and approves all accessories produced by partners before they are given the ‘Designed for Samsung Mobile’ mark. In this case, approval was not given to Anymode for the accessory to feature this official designation. We are working with Anymode to address this oversight and the product has already been removed from the Anymode sales website. The product has not been sold.”
The four-sectioned case itself resembles the Smart Cover in more than looks. There is also a micro-fibre lining on the inside, presumably to keep the screen clean. The case allows the user to prop the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in landscape or portrait mode. Even the colours available are almost identical.
With the item now removed from the company website we may never see it again, and if we do Apple will no doubt be keeping a close eye on its design.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow