Recent Samsung Patent Filing Includes Images of Apple Watch

In a recent patent filing detailing smart watch band swapping mechanisms, Samsung appears to have cut some corners and borrowed a few familiar looking images from Apple.

The South Korean company’s patent application for a “Wearable Device” features several design drawings of the Apple Watch that appear to be based on Apple Watch marketing materials and images, as was discovered by Patently Apple and Business Insider.

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Samsung uses Apple Watch drawings alongside its own product drawings as examples of methods for attaching a band to a smart watch. The Apple Watch’s lug attachment site is clearly depicted along with bands like the Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle, Milanese Loop, and Leather Loop, suggesting Samsung’s product designers and engineers are drawing inspiration from Apple’s wearable device.

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Figures 10A to 10F and 11A to 11F are views illustrating diverse shapes, structures, and materials of a first strap portion or second strap portion in a wearable device according to am embodiment of the present disclosure.

Samsung has a long history of copying Apple designs and is often ridiculed for its tendencies to emulate Apple, so the use of Apple Watch design images for its patent examples is a curious choice.

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One of Samsung's images (right) compared to a marketing image of the Apple Watch (left). Via BusinessInsider.

Apple and Samsung continue to be embroiled in a long-running lawsuit that found Samsung guilty of infringing on iPhone design patents, and Samsung has already paid Apple $548 million as a result. Just today, more than 100 designers wrote an amicus brief supporting Apple in its ongoing battle with Samsung, describing how the visual design of a product has “powerful effects on the human mind and decision making processes.”

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53 months ago

Who are the designers at samsung?

The head of design is a guy called Ronnie Jive
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53 months ago
It's used for reference purposes.
Just about every patent submitted lists prior patents and images to give the examiner a frame of reference.
Samsung is not making any claim to the design in the application.

And as expected, the masses who know nothing about the filing process are already offended for Apple.

Where's the popcorn when you need it?
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53 months ago
The headphone jack comment the other day was cringeworthy, but this is comedy genius.
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53 months ago

It's used for reference purposes.
Just about every patent submitted lists prior patents and images to give the examiner a frame of reference.
Samsung is not making any claim to the design in the application.

And as expected, the masses who know nothing about the filing process are already offended for Apple.

Where's the popcorn when you need it?

Why didn't they just sketch the Galaxy Gear then? :confused:
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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53 months ago
LOL. Now Samsung are trying to patent Apple products after Apple create them. I guess its a novel business strategy.
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53 months ago

Apple should be more like Samsung!

Can't wait to preorder my iPhone SE Grand Max Neo Plus Duos!
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