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
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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:07:11 PM
re: Apple Sues Samsung for iCopying

So anyone want to take a guess on how long before Apple's lawyers go after Moto?


sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:07:09 PM
re: Apple Sues Samsung for iCopying

Verrrrry soon. "This is my next" has an interesting breakdown of what the lawsuit actually means here.

melao2 12/5/2012 | 5:07:08 PM
re: Apple Sues Samsung for iCopying

I wonder on how this lawsuit could succeed.

If you think about, there are several devices with similar form factor, and it will be difficult to sue them all. Other than that, probably somebody will prove that such a simple design was done before on some other device, that does not belong to apple.

For example, some olde LG smatphones look very similar to the iPhone 4, maybe they can sue Apple? I don't know, this is such a simple design that it is hard to blame one from copying the other. 

Additionally, Apple depends on a lot of Samsung produced components for their iPhones and iPads. Could Samsung cancel some contracts? 

And for the software side, will Apple pursue Google? Or maybe some obscure company will sue both Apple and Google saying that they invented the touchscreen centric user interface. 

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:06:52 PM
re: Apple Sues Samsung for iCopying

WSJ noted Thursday night that Samsung has filed its own suit against Apple. So there.

It's not a direct countersuit, just a suit that happens to pick some patents that the iPhone supposedly infringes upon.

A company spokesman said Samsung's suits allege that Apple infringed on patents that the South Korean company holds for transmission optimization and reduction of power usage during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing data-transmission errors and a method of tethering a mobile phone to a PC to enable the PC to utilize the phone's wireless data connection.


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