Apple sues Samsung for attempting to copy look and feel of iPhone, iPad

“Apple Inc. sued Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. claiming the Korean electronics giant copied the look and feel of its popular iPhone smartphones and iPad tablet computers,” Ian Sherr reports for Dow Jones.

“The lawsuit, filed on April 15 in the Northern District of California, alleged that Samsung’s smartphones, such as the ‘Galaxy S 4G,’ ‘Epic 4G,’ ‘Nexus S’ and its ‘Galaxy Tab’ touchscreen tablet, violated Apple’s intellectual property,” Sherr reports. “‘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,’ the lawsuit said.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: On September 17, 2010, we wrote that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab deserved to be “hit with a very well-deserved Apple Trade Dress Infringement lawsuit (at the very least).”


    1. This still isn’t the big fight, it’s just a stepping stone. They’ve won a lot of smaller lawsuits against smaller companies. Now they’re going after a medium sized one.

      All of this is meant to set precedence before they go after the Google.

      Apple is patient, taking their time, doing it right. Google’s gotta be nervous.

  1. Apple is supposed to purchase something line US$7.8 billion worth of components from Samsung this year, making Apple Samsung’s largest customer.

    Note to Samsung: Dance with who brung ya.

        1. I used to live in Tejas & there are a lot of really nice & intelligent people there. The problem is that they are drowning in a sea of crazies.
          I remember a Governor losing his reelection bid because of his then unique support for “don’t pass-don’t play” in Texas schools. The win at any cost crazies went wild and organized against him for simply requiring students to be in good academic standing before participating in team sports, etc.

      1. Actually, Texas is home to a *lot* of high-tech companies. Indeed, the East District court region (where most of the patent trolls file) is a *very* high-tech area. I serious question your statement that the average American IQ would increase if Texas seceded. Indeed, I’d be willing to argue that it would actually drop.
        I’m from California, btw.

  2. The USPTO has now approved sufficient Apple design patents that leave few plaintiff escape routes in IP litigation. The beginning of what Apple promised to transgressors has started …

  3. This is a carefully calculated move. Unlike the earlier suit against HTC, this one involves a manufacturing partner for whom Apple is easily its biggest customer. Samsung cannot afford to play this badly – given a choice between throwing Goggle under the bus or facing off with Apple, Samsung doesn’t have many good moves. This is global business chess at the grand master level and Google just got checked.

    By the way, there is like ZERO chance Apple is going to let Google buy the Nextel patents. Look for an unexpected gang – led by Apple – to be the high bidders.

    1. Well said. I too believe Apple will swoop in at the last minute and take the patents out from under google. It will be an interesting turn for google, and I look for the competition to begin to heat up in the next 12-15 months.

  4. Now, all Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has to do is write and compile a few thousand apps, set up a easy on-line way to sell and distribute them and tie them into all the other companion electronic devices, … and they will have a iPad / iPhone / iPod killer!

  5. I can’t wait to see what Samdung has to say about this. Gonna be fun watching these copy cats squirm. This time no whimpy clueless Apple CEO to sign off the new crown jewels. Go get em Apple!

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