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Apple Targets Samsung With New Lawsuit Over 'Galaxy' Line

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has filed a patent lawsuit against Samsung, targeting the Korean company's "Galaxy" line of Android-based smartphones and tablets.

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.

"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.

Samsung is one of Apple's chief suppliers for its own iOS-based devices, with Samsung manufacturing Apple's A4 and A5 systems-on-a-chip as well as LCD displays, flash memory, and other components.

Samsung is one the companies pushing ahead most aggressively in the tablet market to compete against Apple's iPad, having already released a 7-inch "Galaxy Tab" and announced larger 8.9-inch and 10.1-inch versions set to launch within the next few months. The company is of course also a major player in the Android-based smartphone market.

Update: All Things Digital has posted a few images from the lawsuit, a number of which show side-by-side comparisons between Apple's and Samsung's devices.

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44 months ago
I guess I can see Apple's point. But, aren't all tablets going to have a similar style and interface? It would seem like there can be only marginal differences in a touch screen interface.
Rating: 11 Votes
44 months ago

"Silly" being the operative word here.

Not at all.

Some of you guys really don't understand how important design is.

For instance, I have a very distinctive modern retro look car, but if a Chinese company were to copy it and start selling it, all hell would break lose. Companies don't invest large amounts of money designing something and then marketing it at huge cost, for someone to come along and copy the bits they like and chuck it out at much less cost.

Companies need protection from each other to stop designs and inventions being ripped off.

What is so difficult to understand about that?

Samsung are going to have their arse handed to them over the Apple lawsuit, and not only are Apple going to be able to show that Samsung copies their designs, but that Samsung copies everyones design.

So forget the question of whether the icon has square or round edges, Samsung are going to be shown as a company that respects no one, let alone Apple.

What would be interesting is whether anyone else files a similar suit, especially Nokia, now that Apple have got started.
Rating: 2 Votes
44 months ago

Yes, some Android device it have it. It has been previewed and even talked about in the Android community, as unimpressive as they are.

A stolen app that doesn't actually stream anything is not "having it."
Rating: 2 Votes
44 months ago

The first of apple lawsuits seems to go against apple :

HTC and Nokia score legal win against Apple

Lets hope apple puts a bit more effort into iOS 5 and the iphone 5 and not in inventing legal charges against its competitors.

Well, that would be a good story, except that you left out half the facts.

Nokia sued Apple first. They started a court case about patents, which takes ages and ages, and they started a separate action against Apple to stop Apple from importing iPhones into the USA. That second kind of action is one that is very rarely successful. The next step was that obviously Apple countersued Nokia for patent infringement, and Apple took the same separate action against Nokia to stop them from importing Nokia phones into the USA. Nokia's attempt to stop Apple from importing iPhones into the USA was rejected a few months ago, quite predictably, and Apple's attempt to stop Nokia from importing phones into the USA was rejected just now, equally predictable.

The real action there is the case of Nokia against Apple. Apple against Nokia is just an unimportant (to Apple) side show; equally unimportant are both parties' attempts to stop imports.

You dont design a phone in weeks

You don't design a phone in weeks, but it is quite easy to show something that looks quite similar to an iPhone only weeks after seeing an iPhone for the first time. Compare the times between the first model shown and the actual phone released: iPhone was shown in January, released in April. Samsung phone was shown in February, released in November. Nine months vs. three months. A very clear indication that Samsung's phone was nowhere near the level of completed development that the iPhone was.
Rating: 2 Votes
44 months ago

unlike the galaxy which is a poor man's iPhone.

"Poor man's iPhone"???
You do realize they cost the same don't you? :rolleyes:

As for similarity in looks, put a chrome bezel around most phones and they will "look similar" to an iPhone.

Look at almost any current smartphone and you'll see the shapes are almost identical.
One glaring difference between the iPhone and the Galaxy S is the Galaxy S is a bigger phone with a bigger screen.
Rating: 1 Votes
44 months ago

A stolen app that doesn't actually stream anything is not "having it."

Android won't "have it" until Netflix makes the release official.

Right now all Android has is the Blockbuster app.
And it won't work if your phone is rooted.
Rating: 1 Votes
44 months ago
I can't help myself, but I still find it disgusting when a company that has stolen so many third party ideas (yes, that's Apple) finds it necessary to sue others who might have come up with a similar product.

Anyway. I've owned three iOS devices so far - 1st gen iPod Touch, 1st gen iPad and an iPhone 3G - and cannot say that I found any of them really good. The hardware always looked nice and felt good, but in all three cases the software and the whole iTunes "experience" completely sucked. In my experience, iOS itself is a unstable OS that also does not play well with third party soft- and hardware (e.g. Navigon and Tom Tom GPS cradle). Even Apple's own Safari crashes continuously, and with every iOS update (as long as there were any for the 3G), the problems got worse instead of better.

That being said, I decided the next cell phone that I try will be the Nexus S. I was thinking about the Galaxy S I9000, too, but somehow the Nexus S looks a tip better.
Rating: 1 Votes
44 months ago

How is the Prada prior art for the iPhone? Icons, grids and touch screens existed before the iPhone and the Prada, it's just Apples implementation that didn't (i.e. square icons in a 4x4 grid with a 4 icon dock below it). The Prada and iPhone aren't remotely similar.

So, it's the 4x4 icon grid that is unique? Don't be ridiculous. I am sure that nobody would allow Apple to patent the number of icons. Besides, would you be OK then with Samsung switching to 5x4 icon matrix?
Rating: 1 Votes
44 months ago

Who are you? Your a goddamn super-troll! Your on all forums that have even an ounce of controversy. You do nothing but fuel the fire and then sit back and watch all these idiots bicker don't you? It is fun watching everyone playing lawyer like they know IP laws then you throw a stick and watch em run. When they prove you wrong you magically shrug it off then redirect them with some other apple bash and enjoy the carnage they deal to their own brains. Nice! So I'll bet you have an iPhone, maybe iPad and/or MacBook. Keep it up. It's entertaining

I am not sure what exactly you are complaining about. Are you saying that patents can not be invalidated? But that's exactly what happened to Cover Flow patent. Quote: "In October 2010, a judge in East Texas Federal Court sided with Mirror Worlds and awarded the now defunct company $625.5 million in damages ($208.5 million per patent). Apple appealed this ruling and argued that Mirror Worlds' patents were invalid because the company failed to cite prior art and filed the patents incorrectly.". Or, perhaps, you are arguing that other company patents may be invalidated but Apple's ones may not? You've got me puzzled.
Rating: 1 Votes
44 months ago

Android did not copy iOS. Android was in development before the original iPhone was revealed.

Android before the iPhone:
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Android after the iPhone:

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