Apple sues Samsung for ripping off iPhone and iPad

Apple sues Samsung for ripping off iPhone and iPad

Apple has sued Samsung for a presumably ridiculous amount, claiming that the Korean manufacturer has ripped off the “look and feel” of its devices. The filing mentions several phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Jobs and co say: "Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”

Of course that “user interface” is Android, with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. TouchWiz doesn’t add a great deal - it's essentially still Android, though we doubt we’ll see Apple filing similar suits against every manufacturer of Android handsets. You never know, though.

Ironically, Apple is thought to be Samsung’s second-biggest client, right behind Sony. Apple is said to have spent as much as $5.7 billion buying components from the Koreans in 2010.

Samsung has said that it has “no choice but [to] respond strongly,” and is reportedly considering a counter-suit suggesting that Apple has infringed on a number of its wireless patents.

Apple is also battling Microsoft over use of the term “App Store”, which it believes it has exclusive rights to.

via: Engadget

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6 comments

blizzard7  Apr. 19, 2011 at 12:06

We all know Apple invented devices which have a touchscreen and a black glossy bezel round the edge anyway right?

blizzard7  Apr. 19, 2011 at 12:10

mattn  Apr. 19, 2011 at 12:23

Indeed...
LG Electronics has claimed the iPhone's design was copied from the LG Prada. Woo-Young Kwak, head of LG Mobile Handset R&D Center, said at a press conference, “We consider that Apple copied the Prada phone after the design was unveiled when it was presented in the iF Design Award and won the prize in September 2006.”[9][10]
LG later claimed that Apple stole both the ideas and concept of the Prada phone. A lawsuit by LG had been rumored prior to this announcement; [9] however, LG has remained silent on whether or not they will file a lawsuit.

mrew42  Apr. 19, 2011 at 13:17

Whatever.
Haven't they finished suing HTC yet?
http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/02/apple-sues-htc-for-infringing-20-iphone-patents/
Oh wait that was last year.
and before that Nokia......

Timmy01  Apr. 19, 2011 at 18:31

are you saying it has taken Apple 2 years to realise the Galaxy S was somewhat similar to the iphone?

colinnicklen1  Apr. 20, 2011 at 10:14

I love Apple i have a mac book and an Imac, but use a Samsung Galaxy S, But come on Apple all Cars have 4 wheels and often look the same take the new focus, astra and megan but there not suing each other, also what did PC manufactures think when you started using Intel processors did they sue you? stop being so American and just focus on making your own game!!!!

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