It seems like everyday we hear about a new lawsuit being filed against one of the big mobile companies, and we got yet another one. All things D has news that Apple is suing Samsung Electronics for imitating the “look and feel” of Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
This lawsuit mostly pertains to the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and the Galaxy Tab. I am confused on why Apple took so long to file this lawsuit since these products have been out for a while now. Maybe Apple didn’t care too much before about Samsung “copying” Apple’s device, but now that Samsung is selling tens of millions of Galaxy S devices, Apple has decided that it needs to take action against Samsung. The claim is stated as:
“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.”
This lawsuit was filed on Friday in the Northern District of California and will seek injunctions, both actual and punitive) and a finding that the infringement is willful. One apple employee commented on the situation:
“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” said an Apple representative. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”
Samsung responded to Apple’s lawsuit and said that it will fight Apple in court. The company statement said:
Samsung’s development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success,” the company said in a statement. “Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property.”
It will be interesting to see how this lawsuit may affect the relationship of these two companies since Samsung supplies many different parts for Apple’s iPhone, iPods, iPad, and Macbooks.Probably not much, Apple already knew that Samsung is “copying” the iPhone, and they still buy from Samsung.
Via All Things D
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