Apple accuses Samsung of copying its icons as well

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:

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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136 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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?

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

45. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

104. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

113. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thank you....

108. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 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!

33. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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?

88. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

105. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

128. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

95. AppleWho

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

111. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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...

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

3. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

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

17. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

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

32. dok2005

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 18, 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

90. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

109. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

112. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thank you...

4. intos

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

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

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

20. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

39. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Was that sarcasm? I hope so.

50. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

66. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

6. d_striders

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

7. TheMegaDinesen

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

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

24. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

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

51. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 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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