Apple Escalates Samsung Lawsuit

12:45 PM -- Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is doubling down on its lawsuit against Samsung Corp. , now claiming elements of 28 devices were copied, rather than the initial 14. (See Apple Sues Samsung for iCopying.)

Cupertino also strengthened the language of its suit in many places, accusing Samsung of being the boldest offender, but not the only one, and claiming it "blatantly imitates the appearance of Apple's products to capitalize on Apple's success."

The FOSS Patents blog has a good breakdown of the lawsuit here, which also includes two new design patent infringements, up from three, and three added utility patents, bringing the total to eight.

This lawsuit, and the many others pending in wireless, show how fierce mobile competition is getting. (See OS Watch: Oracle Seeks Billions in Google Lawsuit, Intel, Nvidia Make Nice for $1.5B, Huawei & Motorola End Trade Secrets Dispute, Apple Sues Moto , Apple Sues HTC and Apple Hits Back at Nokia.)

But they also show how hard it is to differentiate a new smartphone. All advanced devices will eventually be very similar. We're already seeing it happen as companies play on the strength of their brand and tweaks to the software to differentiate a smartphone that looks a lot like its competitors. The one variable may be the qwerty keypad, but most will (and already do) mimic Apple's look of thin, large touch-screen devices with widget-based interfaces.

Whether that's illegal will be decided by these lawsuits, but I think the conformity is inevitable.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:01:36 PM
re: Apple Escalates Samsung Lawsuit

The inevitable homogeneity of smartphone hardware makes the software so important. I think handset makers realize this with custom UIs like HTC Sense or strategies like HP's of linking all HP devices together to make the phone more valuable.

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