“Samsung Gear came to market in 2013 and it offered a camera and speaker built right into its one and only band and clasp design,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “After Apple introduced the Apple Watch with multiple band options and its quick and easy install mechanism for changing the bands, Samsung set out to copy that idea as quickly as they possibly could.”

“In a patent application that surfaced [Thursday] at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office titled ‘Wearable Device,’ they discuss their new ‘exchangeable’ strap mechanisms,” Purcher reports. “What struck me was that a great number of their form factor patent figures were actually Apple Watch designs showing that indeed they set out to copy Apple’s design – even if they changed the method enough not to get sued.”

Purcher reports, “The Samsung patent, first discovered by Patently Apple, presents patent figures 10a – 10c and 11a – 11f that are clearly Apple Watch designs with its classic backside charging mechanism that Samsung doesn’t incorporate and various Apple band styles. Nowhere in the patent do they reference the designs as being from Apple.”

Samsung patent application contains sketches  (left) which look just like Apple's promotional images for  Apple Watch (right)

Samsung patent application contains sketches (left) which look just like Apple’s promotional images for Apple Watch (right)

 
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