Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy phones, tablets

By Matthew ยท 37 replies
Apr 18, 2011
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  1. Apple has sued Samsung over similarities between the companies' handset and tablet products. Filed April 15 in the Northern District of California, the suit alleges that Samsung has been riding Apple's coattails with devices such as the Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Nexus S and Galaxy Tab by copying design elements from the iPhone and iPad.

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  2. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

  3. Coodu

    Coodu TS Booster Posts: 173

    Next in news, Samsung to sell up Smartphone division, Apple Interested :p
  4. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    Does this actually hold any weight? I mean it's almost like Ferrari saying Chevy copied their cars with the Corvette.

    Apple, is it not enough you already make billions off your current flock of sheep?
  5. ???

    So it has rounded corners..? All phones have a home screen button. What is appl'es complain again..? Why not Win7 phone..?
  6. Wow it feels more like Apple is feeling threatened by the success of Samsung's products. Can't blame them but yet at the same time seems a bit stupid. Let see where this goes.
  7. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    The actual phone I don't care about. All phones are similar. Its kinda hard to argue that there is any other logical configuration. Its the OS that is dead on exactly like IOS. But that is something they should take up with android and not the companies that run it on their phones. Thats just how it appears to me. I don't own an android device.
  8. What the f+-k else are you going to do with a touch screen? Its a big rectangle that covers the entire product.

    As for the menu its just a bunch of icons broken into blocks, I used to have a front end program in DOS in the early 90's that looked pretty much the same hows about they sue you apple, pull your heads out of your arses.
  9. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    If it wasn't for copying other companies, Apple users would still be stuck using a one button mouse.
  10. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    I think this issue has grounds for a lawsuit if you compare them side by side there definitely is some copyright infringement there. If you see at the picture I posted earlier there was definitely a UI and form factor change for Android phones after the iPhone was announced and in most occasions it looks like they used the iPhone/iOS as a stencil.

    Microsoft, Blackberry and Palm have showed that you can have a unique UI while maintaining usability on touch screens and that there are different form factors.
  11. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Dam it i failed to patent rectangular devices :(
  12. supportme

    supportme TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Then Apple should be suing Google and not Samsung. Coz the Android belongs to them... But do they have the guts to... ??
  13. R3DP3NGUIN

    R3DP3NGUIN TS Booster Posts: 152   +10

    This makes sense really, I mean the Android platform is getting to be more popular than Apple's iPod. The similarities between the iPod and the Galaxy are quite obvious, but I think if samsung's sales from the galaxy where low Apple wouldnt bother suing. Then again I am probebly wrong, but nevertheless it looks like Apple is hating the competition as usual.
  14. They didn't hide the fact it is a Samsung though did they? That's the one thing that stands out the most to me...
  15. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 930   +31

    actually i agree that galaxy s looks very similar to the iphone in terms of physical styling. but in terms of OS (Android) it has nothing to do with iOS regardless whether it's similar or not.
  16. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 379   +6

    Own the galaxy S and well, I'd really have to agree as well, the Galaxy S is so similar to that of the iOS, that the first thing I did when I got the phone was to get rid of TouchWiz (Essentially what makes the interface look like an iPhone)

    Apart from that, they're two different phones completely though. For that matter not when I use an ipod I keep trying to find for the touch option button or the back button only to find it doesn't exist XD

    Good luck suing samsung, there are plenty more direct copies out there, search Java based china iphone lol
  17. LOL

    Samsung may have copied apple, but lets face it they have perfected the product! :)
  18. Hmm, so large touchscreen are now Apple's copyright? How about buttons? How about round corner shapes? Next!
  19. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Just more press for Apple. Samsung and the rest out there are just cloning everything. Panel, case an etc just the same except you got micro sd card slot where Apple doesn't have it yet or well never have it. If I was the Judge I tell Apple listen you all should just play nice in the tablet tree house. Case dismiss!

    Next case: Microsoft vs Android.
  20. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 474   +84

    Apple is trying, Samsung makes them perfect.I'm looking for a Graham Bell relative so I can sue them all!
  21. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Seriously, my Windows Mobile 6.1 device had an application list display that looked like iphone. Even my phones from 5 years ago had square icons. My Palm Pilot from 10 years ago had square icons on a monochrome screen..., albeit much smaller screens so didn't "look" quite like todays iphone.

    I have always felt the Samsung product did have a striking resemblance to the iphone but any other touch screen device is going to be quite similar when most of the front of it is touch screen. And for software, they are suing them for having a bar modification on Android (touchwiz) that makes it look like an iphone? As others have pointed out if they are really suing over the highly individualistic software styling of icons on a black background they should be targetting Google, not Samsung.
  22. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Have anyone noticed how blatantly Apple copied Symbian's square icons? I wonder if Nokia will be filing a suite against Apple ........

    To an extent that is true, as I've said many times Android's interface does seem like a cheap copy of iOS; hence targeting Google may make sense; not sure it will hold out in the court of law though.
  23. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I think the Lionel Hutz(lawyer from the Simpsons) has been pushing these cases forward.

    What's up next?:

    Microsoft vs Apple - Computers installed with Win7 use electricity in almost the same way as Apple MacIntosh computers!!
    Apple vs Google/Android - Using a displayed keypad with numbers for dialing phone numbers is the same as keypad number arrangement in iOS on iPhone!!
  24. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Exactly, Apple is throwing such claptrap at competitors for ages, may be it is the fact that iphone (arr read iOS) is going to be a loser in the longer run as others start to catch up and even better it; so they are trying to scare the competition.
  25. Samsung have more money than Microsoft apple and Google reunited.

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