Apple gets an order forcing Samsung to hand over Android prototypes

Apple gets an order forcing Samsung to hand over Android prototypes
The legal battle between Apple and Samsung over the latter copying iOS features and physical appearance down to the packaging in its Galaxy line of phones and tablets has just taken a new turn. San Jose Judge Lucy Koh has issued an order forcing Samsung to hand over prototypes of its Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9, Infuse 4G and DROID Charge to Apple, so Cupertino can better defend its design similarity statement.

While some of the devices like the Galaxy S II have already been released in markets like the UK, others like the tablets have not, but Judge Koh argues that Sammy has long uncovered them, so it won’t actually unveil any secret information to Apple. In her ruling, the judge mentioned that Sammy has already handed out 5,000 Galaxy Tab prototypes on May 10th. In addition, to alleviate fears of leaks to the enemy camp, only lawyers hired by Apple for this case will be granted access to those devices to ground their claims.

Going back to the initial statements made by Steve Jobs’ team, the company based its court filing on the following: “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Samsung is now forced to hand over the device prototypes within 30 days including the packaging. What’s your take on this turn of events, do you see the same striking similarity that Apple is talking about or is it just a trend in smartphone development? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below.

source: CNET



1. mr smmy unregistered

in opinion samsung galaxy s2 not very similar with an iphone 4.

20. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Don't bite the hand that feeds you, Apple. Remember, you don't really make anything, you just assemble parts made by other manufacturers like Samsung.

22. captn3x unregistered

In this case Apple is the customer paying for parts. Technically it's not apple doing the biting. I hate Apple because there devices are way over priced (look at there earnings). But it seems they can do no wrong, Samsung is screwed.

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

samsung isnt screwed. Apple might have "designed" the ipad, but its a samsung product through and through. Its all samsung underneath that apple logo. If apple wins here than they will go after everyone else like dominos. All the pads look pretty much the same. I dont see apple winning this out right unless they have some secret weapon they havent unvield yet. They will settle and concessions will be made on both camps. They are both suing each other after all.

42. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

how is the ipad at all samsung... apple designs everything and just has samsung copy it over and over... does that make it a samsung product? no... if we said that for every product, everything wud be from about 10 companies... and for the people who say they ae biting samsungs hand, u shud probably look up the fact that apple and samsung decided each lawsuit wud be only on the mobility part of samsung and apple and have no relation to their manufactuering part...

34. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

This is incorrect, how can Apple sue Samsung. If they can sue anybody, it should be google for ripping off the software. Which is arguable.

48. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Right. But Samsung has the upper hand because they could choose to stop supplying Apple and focus on themselves and others while Apple hangs out to dry. So I don't think they should piss Sammy off...

41. obnoxious9162775

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 25, 2011

I agree, apple has huge profits, and now they are just looking for ways to get Samsung to stop producing their own phones and only give them the option to provide the hardware to apple. Steve Jobs needs to get his head out of his ass and stop hating on Android. We like freedom, i dont want to be tied down to a paper weight iphone that only allows proprietary software etc. Just hold onto to your Ifanboys and leave us Anroid users alone. In other words, Steve jobs, you can take it in the ass from a unicorn infested with herpes and hepatitis C. BLOW....... Now you need to go to the clinic. And is it just me, or does Steve Jobs look like a cancer patient.

43. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

he is a god damn cancer patient u ass hole... he has fucking cancer... why wud u make fun of anyone trying to beat that... and he isnt saying android is bad or deleting from ur phone or anything... he is simpy protecting the os that apple created and did first... why shud they not? obviously it can be done other ways that the apple grid... look at wp7....

49. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

I can't wait until Google sues Apple next! iOS 5 to have widgets and new notification system...I guarantee it will be a direct copy of Android OS!

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Even though this is exactly the type of thing that happens in these cases I can see the hate now. Accusations of Apple trying to steal ideas from prototypes(even though most have been shipped already), among other things when this is just run of the mill court proceedings. Not that I'm siding with Apple, just saying this normal. And also no indication that Apple is "winning".

3. samad unregistered

just like cameron and tyler winklevoss sued mark zukerberg for their

4. siib unregistered

haha apple holes are scared cuz sII sold more than them, pure losers

25. deago78

Posts: 172; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Heh they definitely didn't sell more. I hate apple, but you are flat out incorrect on that one.

5. Denio

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Apple should be proud of their designers (!) and move on with a NEW design. Anyway, Galaxy SII and iPhone 4 is totally different. If you cannot differentiate than it doesn't matter which smartphone you buy today.

6. geo unregistered

Omg,another selfish Apples?When this is gonna end?

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Its not the design of the s2 Apple is contentious with. The tab 10.1 redesign and package design of sammys smartphones, and the UI in the smartphones (the 4x4 icon grid plus dock icons) that Apple has a problem with.

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think they just made the 10.1 thiner....... they seemed concerned with having the thinest...... cant tell why....

8. ahmedra2ol

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 01, 2011

fuck apple i hate this company !!!! and i will buy SGS2.

9. None unregistered

Dude... Samsung need to change their GUI... If apple have problem with it just freaking leave @ android base GUI so much better and the update role out much faster!!!

10. andro unregistered

How is Apple getting away with this? Suing a company which produces phones and tech which are not only better than theirs but also becoming more popular than their stagnant lines. Samsung also a company which ironically provides a massive amount of the essentials that make apple products in the first place. Then Apple get order to spy on all the new products of one its greatest rivals before they are released,to try and insure they are either stopped or sxmained to see how apple can catch up or surpass Apple are looking increasingly childish,worried of the android supremacy.Its just mindboggling to see a company get this draconian control,god only knows what surveillance and control their are using keeping tabs on their products in the hands of their fanboys.The fanboy drones really need to wake up

46. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

explain to me how they are at all childish when they were just named the most valuable company, are the largest phone company by revenue, and have stock prices that are exponentially bigger than they were just years ago...

11. Ben unregistered

Even the most blinded and mentally controlled fanboy can now hopefully surely see the company they herald as their god is trying to take massive manipulative control of everything. Its literally like watching a dictatorship in the making or by the sounds of this court decision it may already have gained power

12. lilbranbran

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 14, 2010

Apple is childish, to be one of Samsung's top customers; and then have the audacity to sue them? Why, just because Samsung's phone and tablet "look" like their product? Bullshit. They only have the right to sue, if Samsung had exactly copied the iPhone 4 or iPad. None of Samsung phones or tablets look like the iPhone or iPad. Apple get a life, get a hobby, you got too much time on your hands.

13. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I thought prototypes are fairly secretive designs until patented. Apple had a hissy fit when a prototype of their phone was left behind in a bar somewhere. The COURTS should be determining if the designs are infringing; Not Apple. They shouldn't just allow Apple to dismantle a competitor's product. If the showcase on the other foot, there is no way Apple would allow this. This is the kind of BS that pisses me off about Apple. Frankly, the court system pisses me off as well. This judge should be stripped from bench. If she doesn't feel she has the knowledge or tools to properly litigate over this case, she should step aside and let someone else try the case. John B.

15. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I don't think you understood the situation. First off the headline here is misleading. As the article said only the law firm that represents Apple is getting the prototypes. Apple will not be touching them. The attorneys will have their experts do the analysis. Apple won't touch them. Also except for the tab10.1 all the prototypes being given are for devices that are already on market, available for sale. And the tab 10.1 has been distributes to certain devs, and once again Apple will not touch it. If Apple wanted prototypes there are easier ways to get them. This isn't the case. Also the judge and her understanding aren't the case. The lawyers are requesting these devices to make their case. This is just the lawyers requesting evidence, and don't be confused-these devices are evidence, to prepare and prove their case. No different from any civil or criminal case.

14. and unregistered

don't be soo.. selfish apple, we will not be forever in the top (sorry for my bad english)

16. seeds

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

apple will sue every big vendor (HTC, SAMSUNG,dll) maybe apple wanna be single vendor for phone & tablet *honestly i think apple is like child play (icon,dll)

19. crazy coyote(Bahamas) unregistered

i just think that apple is scared of samsung due to the succes of it product lines. will not be long before andorid products surpass ios.

23. captn3x unregistered

They all look the same. I believe it's Android that Apple is after but Google has too much money. If they take on the phone manufacturers they hope Google will be forced to change the layout of there OS. It is totally a matter of opinion but I think my next phone will be WP7 just for a change of scenery.

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