Apple’s Brief Says Google Warned Samsung About Similarity of Galaxy Tab And iPad

AllThingsD reports on a document filed by Apple as a part of its briefing for the Apple Samsung trial scheduled for next week.

In the document, Apple makes arguments in favor of its “Samsung copied Apple stance” using statements made by both, Samsung and Google.

AllThingsD details Apple’s arguments:

  • In February 2010, Google told Samsung that Samsung’s “P1” and “P3” tablets (Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1) were “too similar” to the iPad and demanded “distinguishable design vis-à-vis the iPad for the P3.”
  • In 2011, Samsung’s own Product Design Group noted that it is “regrettable” that the Galaxy S “looks similar” to older iPhone models.
  • As part of a formal, Samsung-sponsored evaluation, famous designers warned Samsung that the Galaxy S “looked like it copied the iPhone too much,” and that “innovation is needed.” The designers explained that the appearance of the Galaxy S “[c]losely resembles the iPhone shape so as to have no distinguishable elements,” and “[a]ll you have to do is cover up the Samsung logo and it’s difficult to find anything different from the iPhone.”

It’s pretty amazing that Google itself pointed out the resemblance between Samsung’s tablets and the iPad, considering that a number of resemblances have been found in the software, and not just the hardware. Even Samsung’s own officials and paid evaluators have acknowledged that there is some sort of resemblance.

We’re eager to see Samsung’s response to these points. Since these points are presented from Apple’s point of view, it maybe entirely possible that Apple’s left out some key background information that doesn’t make these points sound as damaging as they appear to be right now.

Samsung isn’t light on its arguments either. The Korean company claims that without its inventions, dating back to 1991, the iPhone wouldn’t have been possible at all.

The trial scheduled to start next week would surely pack in a lot of action. We’ll, as always, keep you updated with the latest from the trial.

See also: Uncanny resemblance between Samsung and Apple products.