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Apple Sues Samsung for iCopyingApple Sues Samsung for iCopying

Apple alleges that Samsung violated its trademarks and patents in both its Galaxy smartphone and tablet product lines

Sarah Thomas

April 18, 2011

2 Min Read
Apple Sues Samsung for iCopying

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has slapped a lawsuit on Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) for "slavishly" copying the iPhone and iPad in its Galaxy line of phones and tablets, according to AllThingsD. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, claims that Samsung violated Apple's patents and trademarks by copying the look, product design and the user interface from its line of iProducts. Why this matters
The suit was something of a surprise as Samsung has been selling its Galaxy smartphones and tablet since last fall. Adding to the surprise is the fact that Apple has criticized the Galaxy Tab's smaller form factor and usability in the past, yet alleges in its lawsuit that Samsung copied Apple's own software, hardware, apps and everything in between. It could be that Apple feels threatened by the latest iterations of the Galaxy Tab and the success of the first, or this could become its MO for the rest of its competitors as well. This isn't Apple's first intellectual property lawsuit and, seeing as Apple's iPhone and iPad are the products to which every other handset maker aspires, this isn't likely to be the last one either. (See MWC 2011: Samsung Revisits the Galaxies, OS Watch: Samsung Tabulates a Record Quarter, Apple Sues Moto , Apple Sues HTC and Apple Hits Back at Nokia.) For more
Wireless handset makers are no strangers to lawsuits. Check out the following stories for other legal battles in mobility.

  • Huawei & Motorola End Trade Secrets Dispute

  • Lawsuit Accuses Clearwire of Subscriber Fraud

  • Court Finds for Huawei vs Moto

  • Huawei Sues to Block Moto Sale to NSN

  • Intel, Nvidia Make Nice for $1.5B

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Sarah Thomas

Director, Women in Comms

Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.

She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.

As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.

Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.

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