comp4 Samsung copies Apples design, and Apple accused of hypocrisy

Next week, Apple and Samsung will continue to duke it out in court over patent infringement issues.  This time around, however, Apple intends to use Samsung’s own documents to make its case.

Next week, Apple and Samsung will continue to duke it out in court over patent infringement issues.  This time around, however, Apple intends to use Samsung’s own documents to make its case.

Among these documents are details containing warnings and advices to Samsung from various third party firms. 

In one of the documents, Google reportedly warned Samsung that the Galaxy Tab and Tab 10.1 had designs that were “too similar” to the iPad.

On a different occasion, designers at a Samsung-sponsored event advised Samsung that the Galaxy S looked too much like the iPhone, and that the Galaxy S lacked innovations. 

Adding to the insults of no originality, the designers reportedly said that if the Samsung logos were covered up it would be hard to tell the difference between the iPhone and Galaxy S.

What’s even worse is that Samsung’s own Product Design Group agreed that the Galaxy S looked similar to the older iPhone models.

Samsung’s rebuttal may come in the form of a more indirect route.  Apple supposedly used some of Sony’s UI design in its products in 2006, and therefore, pointing out Apple's hypocrisy may be one of Samsung’s strongest cases against the Cupertino tech giant.

Samsung may also make the argument that Apple’s patent tactics does not allow for fair competitions.  Furthermore, some of the iPhone’s components are Samsung-derived (with patents), and so Samsung may argue that Apple should be paying Samsung for using its patented technology. 

Source: All Things D