Samsung sued by Apple for Galaxy ‘blatant copy’

Tim Grey
19 April, 2011
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Oh dear. Apple is suing Samsung for blatantly ripping off the iPad and iPhone with its Galaxy smartphone and tablet line, going so far as to label the Android products ‘slavish copies.’

Apple filed the lawsuit last week, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, which claims Samsung has violated Apple’s patents and trademarks.

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smartphone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products,” the court papers read.

Apple had previously let the similarity of other smartphone devices slide, going so far as to note that previous iterations of the Samsung phones weren’t quite so close to Apple’s own models. However, in this case, Apple has taken umbridge with a number of the Galaxy’s features, including the icons on its Android interface.

“Even the icons in earlier versions of the Samsung smart phones looked different because they had a variety of shapes – and did not appear as a field of square icons with rounded corners,” the lawsuit said.

Apple itself was unequivocal in condemning the Galaxy, with Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet laying it out: “This kind of blatant copying is wrong.”

What do you think? Are the Galaxy tablet and smartphone blatant rip-offs of the iPad and iPhone?

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