Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the unending back and forth between Samsung and Apple over alleged patent infringement. The two companies are fighting it out in courts located in various countries like Australia, Netherlands, Germany and the United States. Apple, to an extent, has had an upper hand in these cases successfully managing to obtain preliminary injunctions against Samsung products in a number of countries.
There are countless arguments both for and against Apple’s policy of suing its competitors over a rectangular device with a touch screen. The most convincing “for” argument I’ve seen till now comes via Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, who posted pictures of what Android looked in 2007, the pre-iPhone era. Of course this argument isn’t directly against Samsung, but we all know that Apple is indirectly targeting Google’s mobile OS by suing a number of Android OEMs.
However, the idea of Apple suing a company on the basis of having a rectangular device with a touch screen with rounded corners didn’t seem right. An excerpt from Apple’s U.S. complaint against Samsung reads:
“The copying is so pervasive, that the Samsung Galaxy products appear to be actual Apple products — with the same rectangular shape with rounded corners, silver edging, a flat surface face with substantial top and bottom black borders, gently curving edges on the back, and a display of colorful square icons with rounded corners”
It is very hard to deny that before the iPad, tablets never really took off, nor did App Store become main stream. So is Samsung really copying iOS devices?
The latest example of this came in the form of a shop selling Samsung devices in Italy with a wall covered with app icons including some proprietary ones like the App Store and Mobile Safari found only on iOS devices. The store however didn’t belong to Samsung nor was its design in any way commissioned or approved by Samsung.
The USB chargers of the two companies seem very similar and we all know who introduced them first. What else do you think is blatant copying?
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