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Apple accuses Samsung of copying its icons as well

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Apple accuses Samsung of copying its icons as well
Do Samsung Galaxy devices look like the iPhone? Apple argues some pretty generic features accusing Samsung of making a rectangular device. But while that might sound absurd, the real point is that Apple is trying to convince the court that as a whole devices like the original Galaxy S were made to look like the iPhone and confuse users. A little but interesting part of that similarity are the icons.

"Samsung is also infringing Apple's icon trademarks by advertising and selling a wide variety of products using confusingly similar icons...The icons on these products were intentionally designed to look like Apple's icons and infringe Apple's trademark rights," Apple claims.

Apple says that Samsung copied some of those icons and gives plenty of compelling evidence in a lot of Samsung devices. Here is a list of all Samsung phones where the allegedly copied icons appear:

Captivate; Continuum; Droid Charge; Epic 4G; Exhibit 4G; Fascinate; Galaxy Ace; Galaxy S (i9000); Galaxy S 4G; Galaxy S II (AT&T Edition, 4G); Galaxy S II (T-Mobile Edition); Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch; Galaxy S II Skyrocket (4G LTE); Galaxy S Showcase; Gem; Gravity Smart; Indulge; Infuse 4G; Mesmerize; and Vibrant.
But is all as obvious as it looks? Check out all the Apple icon trademarks and how similar icons on Samsung phones look like.

In some cases like the dialer, we can excuse the Koreans - it actually logically makes sense to have things like a green background for the dialer as that’s the color that is traditionally associated with taking a call. The gear icon for settings also doesn’t look all that striking - and it’s blue in Samsung’s case. Others like the sunflower picture used for the gallery and the music app icon however look just too “inspired” from Apple.

We could probably all agree that Samsung was “inspired” by Apple to a certain degree. Did this really matter much to customers and did it confuse them to think they were buying an iPhone while holding a Galaxy device? We’re not so sure. What do you think?

source: CNET

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posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:52 29

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14276; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I can attest to this. I remember seeing some of Samsung's earlier Android phones and they looked way too familiar to how the iPhone looked. My mind at the time thought iPhone if it got Androidized.

Many other Android makers have made their own handsets without following Apple's designs, why couldn't Samsung do the same?

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 06:58 17

30. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14276; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Six people hate the truth. Samsung copied Apple, this article proves it with the pictures and all.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 09:44 12

45. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Apart from the first picture the other 5 are different, you can't call them as copied may be inspired which apple do a lot too.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 16:13 3

104. doublehammer (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


in the same way that the apple icon was inspired by existing phone call icons. Its the same phone + green.. the only difference is that instead of the phone being green like on 99% of all previous phones, the background is green.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 18:55

113. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thank you....

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 18:11 3

108. Joshua9007 (Posts: 90; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Hate the truth? Apple cannot just patent everything, its petty and stupid to think that they are the only person to have a note pad look to the icon for a note pad app, give me a break. Next we will have the paper industry suing apple for making the note pad app look like the real paper thing, thus killing their industry...
Same thing with the phone app, every phone used to have a green phone faced up (or at some angle) to signify sending a call. Same thing here... and we did not see phone manufacturers sue each other "no I'm the only one that can use the green phone button". Stupid.
Also gears for settings have been used since the first color phones with a menu. If I remember correctly my razr's settings icon had the gears turn when you highlighted it. Again, nothing new (and that one doesn't even look close)
How about the photo album icon? just because it has a flower, doesn't make it close... It looks more like a slideshow button, and although they might have been inspired by apple to use a flower, it is not a rip off.
The music app icon is close to the old look of the iTunes icon I will agree on that one, but there are only so many symbols for music (notes, instruments, cd's, headphones, & speakers come to my mind)

The idea that Apple is the only touch screen phone that is allowed to be rectangle (remember all screens are rectangle) is preposterous. I had a touch screen windows phone before android or apple had touch screen phones, it was crude and still used a stylus for some functions, but was ahead of its time.

The truth is that *usually* apple's apps perform much smoother and the whole experience is very consistent. This is what makes an iPhone and iPhone, and is why people buy them. Android's can be more customized and personalized in the interface, and that is why people choose those. To assume that a colored app picture swayed ANYONE is calling the entire population stupid and insulting.

I hope there is no fault found in samsung, but only because healthy competition brings technological advancements for everyone!

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 07:18 18

33. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"I remember seeing some of Samsung's earlier Android phones and they looked way too familiar to how the iPhone looked."

Why Apple didn't sue Samsung in those days, only now?

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 13:17 5

88. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


they didnt have the cash reserves or the power… they only recently became such a prominent company

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 16:13 3

105. doublehammer (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


Samsung is now a dominant threat.

If HTC had Samsung's share, you would be seeing HTC in court instead of Samsung. This is a battle over market dominance disguised as copying.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 02:06

128. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


well apple would not win that one.. they could win against samsung-- nobody can doubt there are exact similarities between the phones.. its just whether they matter or not

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 07:18 14

34. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


To be honest, I don't see a problem. The settings icon and the Gallery icon are completely different. The phone icon is the stupidest one.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 13:36 1

95. AppleWho (banned) (Posts: 57; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


so, what do you get out of all of this? Do you work for APPLE? You seem bent on brainwashing others to your way of thinking - much like a certain fruity company.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 18:53

111. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Wow....I'm looking at the icons listed.....where is it a copy? EVen with the first iocn.....the coruners arent even the same degree. Apple's look more rounder. The corners are wider. I mention this cuz some guy said Samsung even copied the same icon corner width. Seems like they didnt.

Same style, reference pics? Yea. Exact copy? Apple is reaching. I thought a trademark protected the exact same look...not variations of it....I dont really know so...

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:53 25

2. android_hitman (unregistered)


OMG!!! Of course they look alike .. or maybe Samsung did copy but you can't sue someone saying .. ooooo BMW has round wheels just like our mercedes .. jeeez

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:58 19

3. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Come on dude. The galaxy S looks literally like an enlarged iPhone. Your beloved uncle is going down!

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 05:51 9

17. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


OK this is ridiculous the gallery icon and the contacts icon look nothing alike and you know it.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 07:12 7

32. dok2005 (Posts: 55; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


seriously a child can tell the difference between the two and so can u if that the case everybody copied iphone which is a load of crap iphone isnt the first smartphone nor is it the last or even the best they got a product and thats it

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 13:21 2

90. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


that is literally the worst analogy ever… it completely changes the meaning…

apple isnt saying samsung can't have round wheels, but to the wheels have to have the exact same design? if BMW copied the exact same wheel design that mercedes had a patent for, u bet there would be someone upset over at mercedes camp…

look at other phones like motorola phones… some of their icons have a resemblance to apple icons, but none are direct copies like samsungs phone icon

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 18:17 1

109. tedkord (Posts: 12310; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


If they were exactly the same, then your analogy would hold. The only one that is even close in this article is the phone icon, and older phones had the phone handset icon on hard buttons.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 18:54

112. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thank you...

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 05:04 18

4. intos (Posts: 90; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


ohh come on !!! that is stupid !!! this is not copy right of patend !! this is just a simple thought for an icon !!!

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 05:04 6

5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The phone, contacts, and music look similar, yes. But the notes? What else can you use to symbol a note app other than a notepad? Plus, they made it look different. The photo icons, they look completely different, the only thing that's similar is that they use a yellow flower in the background, but that's that background, not the main icon. The settings is arguably just common, as a common perception of settings would the "gears" of the phone. A lot of these Samsung copying statements actually have some reason, but others not so much.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 06:03 4

20. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


All of the icons also use round corners just like the iOS icons.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 07:43 3

39. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Was that sarcasm? I hope so.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 10:19 1

50. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


so you prefer figure 8 icons. round square even just edged corners are how every icon for anything has always been made. Look at the twitter icon, facebook icon, youtube icon even the icon around the word arena in phonearena on top of this page. Did they all copy apple as well.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 11:03 4

66. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


They use colored pixels just like I've been using in Paint for 20+ years too...copycats.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 05:07 11

6. d_striders (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


They are not similar in any case. they are meant for the same function. so they are bound to have some similarities, but the differences are many.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 05:09 11

7. TheMegaDinesen (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


So you can't use a cog for your settings icon. If the judge favors i'm gonna bitchslap that bitch so hard.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 06:11 2

24. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


i remember some phones using a wrench and a screwdriver for a settings app

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 10:20 2

51. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Correct so are we not allowed to use that either lol. Next we cant use the word setting to tell people where the setting are.

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