Apple sue Samsung for "blatantly copying" the iPhone

19 April 2011

When Samsung launched their Galaxy line of smartphones, the similarity between that and Apple's iPhone wasn't lost on consumers or the tech industry. In terms of the user interface, the two look very similar; in terms of the hardware, there's more than a passing resemblance. The question is - how many ways can you build a smartphone? Aren't there bound to be similarities?

So is there any real substances to Apple's claims that Samsung "blatantly copied" their iPhone and iPad? Apple are hoping so, because they've suing Samsung for infringement of patents and trademarks.

Bitterwallet - Apple iPhone vs Samsung Galaxy

Apple have filed their intellectual property suit against not only the Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but their tablet devices too. An Apple spokesperson said: “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. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Unsurprisingly, Samsung strenuously deny it all: “Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property.”

While it's difficult to see how manufacturers could design a smartphone for rich media and web use without it bearing some similarity to the iPhone, there's plenty of variation in the market in terms of user interface; the fact that the Samsung Galaxy's user interface has a feature set identical to the iPhone will make it a tough case for Samsung to argue.

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TOPICS:   Mobile   Technology

16 comments

  • Gunn
    Apple sound desperate, why not just make a better phone instead.
  • MJ
    I actually prefer the Galaxy S to the iPhone, can see Apple's point though!
  • maxtweenie
    Just look at this to see who's suing whom in the Telecomms industry. http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/whos-suing-whom-in-the-telecoms-trade/
  • Tweesdkin
    HA HA! Samsung have quite rightly pointed out that in 2010, Apple spent $5.7Bn Samsung components (which you'll find in iToys).
  • Stu_
    OK, so half the parts of the iPhone (including the processor) are made by Samsung. I mean, what's the point?
  • Marketing W.
    Patent and trademark infringements won't have anything to do with this case; it'll be a design right matter, i.e. if an audience could 'reasonably' confuse the two by physical appearance and operation. Apple have them bang to rights on that score.
  • violentj
    nah,anybody who uses a galaxy s couldn't possibly confuse it for an iphone,for one you con do what you want with a galaxy s not what your told ala iphone
  • Rb
    @violentj - Obviously with the Galaxy S you 'con' not spell. :)
  • MonkeyMan
    Samsung suck. Serious balls. They are unable to produce anything of value themselves and just copy shit they can't do. I mean there stuff is pretty average. But it's average enough and around in the shops enough that people buy it. Samsung are not doing anything great, but they are doing volume. They are like Microsoft. They are for sure copying Apple and it's about time Apple sued them! To be fair, I'm not an extreme apple fanboy, Android is pretty awesome. HTC are doing cool things with it, Samsung are just being a bit gay.
  • monkeycock
    ...there stuff.... Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
  • PokeHerPete
    @monkeycock - Your just being a cock!
  • klingelton
    Snicker - "YOUR" just being a cock!
  • Monkeyman
    You dude, dudettes and i suspect mostly dudes that dress as dudettes are all a bunch of Samsung Galaxy S using idiots.
  • monkeycockisacock
    @Monkeycock work for HTC or summat? I'll bet you an iphone that I'd rather have a Galaxy S screen than anything that HTC have "developed"* *You'll notice that HTC don't actually develop anything.
  • Plug
    @Gunn....spot on (From Apple everything (bar ditched iPhone, now Galaxy S) Saddo)
  • Simon
    "While it’s difficult to see how manufacturers could design a smartphone for rich media and web use without it bearing some similarity to the iPhone...." If you told 10 different groups of engineers and designers to design a smartphone, despite there being no contact between the groups, there would be LOADS of similarities in the intended products. "there’s plenty of variation in the market in terms of user interface; the fact that the Samsung Galaxy’s user interface has a feature set identical to the iPhone will make it a tough case for Samsung to argue." Really? there are only so many ways to make an intuitive phone/tablet. The more phone/tablet companies exist, the greater the probability of nearly identical products existing. In any case Samsung's UI is better than that of the i-phone what with the two extra physical capacitive-buttons alone. Ever since the early VHS players went extinct, I have never needed to read the user manual with regard to anything electronic; why is this? well, if the engineers and designers have done their jobs properly, it should be perfectly obvious how to interact with a device. Therefore, working backwards, you take what is naturally intuitive and then develop the controls to facilitate that intuitiveness. The Apple company is a joke; I am willing to bet they didn't develop multi-touch tech (probably bought it off Nokia or some other company). Therefore to try and sue for copyright-infringement regarding the use of multi-touch-screens is so arrogant and stupid! Well, not as stupid as the "religious nuts" that worship everything Apple and buy their products without researching alternatives. If Apple continues the way they have done so, they will eventually go bust like the .com bubble bursting (when people eventually wise up [this can take as long as a decade]). they don't create anything proprietary ie copyrightable and there is simply too much competition to compete with. The Apple company is a software company and a manufacturer of stylish casings. In other words, Apple is a billion dollar company built on sand. When the tied comes in, it will come crashing down over night.

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