Why Samsung’s case against Apple is bogus

“Apple and Samsung are embroiled in a firece legal battle over the design of each companies smartphones and tablets with each claiming that the other copied their design,” Jason D. O’Grady writes for ZDNet.

“I take issue with one of the pillars of the Samsung case: that it had design concepts similar to the iPhone ‘in the labs’ before the iPhone was released,” O’Grady writes. “My problem with it is that even if Samsung had a batch of designs in the labs, a one-off design concept doesn’t cut — actual products that are released to the public are what counts. I know for a fact that Apple has dozens of working tablet prototypes in its labs in every screen size that you can think of. Does that mean that it should sue Amazon or Google/ASUS for the Fire and Nexus 7-inch tablets? Or course not.”

O’Grady writes, “There’s no denying that fact that there was a tectonic shift in device design after the iPhone and iPad were released. Almost every successive product after Apple’s groundbreaking iOS devices was so similar in design that it was difficult to tell them apart from a distance. Let’s not kid ourselves.”

Much more, including photos of Samsung devices before and after iPhone and iPad, in the full article here.

17 Comments

    1. +100
      I just wish more people saw it like we do. To us there still is a right and wrong but to Samsung it’s just about what you can get away with.

    2. Same here. If it has the word “Samsung” on the outside, I don’t buy it. And once Apple switches to Sharp as their display provider, the same will go for things with “Samsung” written anywhere on the inside too.

    1. Yes, but Samsung has its defenses and it has counterclaims against Apple. Doesn’t mean they’re legit or will be successful, but they still get to assert them.

  1. It’s one thing to be similar to a successful design, it’s another to blatantly copy it. Samsung has done the latter. Others, like Motorola, have tried to do their own design, even if they failed commercially.

  2. Samseng has its origin as a kimchi manufacturer. As with other chaebols in Korea, Samseng decided to muscle itself into other areas because it has brawn and political connections. Samseng hired a bunch of great copyists for every industry it entered. It used cheap price and commodity common denominator to kill off competitors. So whatever you have brought Samseng’s products in the past they were all knockoff of other people’s products.

    1. Yeah, that big Samsung road grader cutting in a new road nearby just absolutely resembles a Cat 120M. Copycats. Benjamin Holt must be spinning in his grave.

    2. yes.

      also Samsung is a family business, the current leaders are the children of past leaders, all from million or billionaire branches of the family. Samsung is giant company building vehicles to ships to chemicals etc. They were born into privelege, other smaller companies have been bullied and are completely terrified of them for years, and government officials are treated like servants.

      apple might be one of the few (only?) companies to dare challenge the ‘dons’ of Samsung’s family. No one has stood up to these leaders their entire lives since they were babies, the officers are probably shocked someone is calling them on their thieving.

      (I have worked in asia for years).

      1. Your revelations have helped me better understand the audacious, undisciplined, reckless, untempered, unabashed statements and actions of this industrial giant. Dynastic mafia! Robber barons! Tammany Hall! The Medici! Princes of self-entitlement, imagined heirs to the lost glory of The Great Korean Empire!

        The waters are deeper than we suspected.

        It also explains in part why Korean crime movies are so popular. In Hollywood.com’s top ten heist movies, for example, Ji-Woon Kim’s “The Good, The Bad, the Weird” is number six.

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