Designer claims Samsung ‘ripped off’ Apple

Macworld Australia Staff
1 August, 2012
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Apple industrial designer Chris Stringer, on stand in the Apple and Samsung infringement trial, stated Samsung copied Apple’s iPhone when designing its smartphones.

Apple is seeking US$2.5 billion in damages from Samsung for infringing on the design of its iPhone and iPad devices and claiming Samsung profited from Apple’s designs. Samsung is countersuing Apple for infringing on its patents.

Stringer, according to All Things D, believes “Samsung in particular” and phone competitors have “ripped off” Apple’s designs, but conceded Apple also examines its competitors products.

In an email conversation between Stringer and an Apple iPad Product Manager, Stringer asked for an analysis of Apple competitors.

“I need your latest summary of our enemies for an ID (industrial design) brainstorm on Friday,” Stringer is quoted as saying in the email. “I wonder if there is anything worth noting about the HP/Palm leak.”

Apple’s Senior Vive President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller took to the stand in the last few minutes of the hearing last night, stating Apple does not seek its customers input when creating its devices.

“It’s not a customer’s job to know that so we don’t ask them that,” Schiller told the court.

Schiller is expected to continue his testimony on Friday.




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