Apple sues Samsung over the Galaxy line, ITC siding up with Nokia and HTC against Apple

Apple sues Samsung over the Galaxy line, ITC siding up with Nokia and HTC against Apple
Apple is taking Samsung to court, claiming that its Galaxy line, and more specifically, the Galaxy S phones and Galaxy Tab slate, are copying not only iOS elements like icons, but also the physical appearance of Apple's gadgets:

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.”, according to an Apple representative.

Samsung, in its turn, is considering a counterclaim, which is a popular maneuver in such patent infringement cases:

Samsung’s development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success. Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property.”, Sammy fights back in a statement.

Cupertino is accusing Samsung of stealing touch screen interaction concepts like selecting, scrolling and pinch-to-zoom. The choice of icons that Samsung made in the Galaxy line is also under fire - Apple has patents for its icons, including green boxes with phones, and a sunflower for the photos. Not only that, but physical appearance is considered copycat too in the claim - the rectangular shape and even the flat black face of the iPhone and the iPad are inferred, as well as packaging:

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab computer tablet also slavishly copies a combination of several elements of the Apple Product Configuration Trade Dress. Samsung’s tablet, like Apple’s, uses a similar rectangular design with rounded corners, similar black border and array of icons.", says Apple in the claim.

Good luck on the rectangular shape argument, but it would be fun to be a fly on the wall at court when the lawyers are dueling over icons shape and color.

Apple's move came on the same day when the International Trade Commission (ITC) recommended that the further courts side up with Nokia and HTC against Apple's patent claims, which are similar to what it is suing Samsung for. Cupertino was seeking the banning of HTC and some Nokia product sales in the US, based on the inferred copyright infringement. It now seems that won't happen, although the HTC case is still to begin on May 9th.

If successful, Apple's accusations look for raking in some cash from Samsung for punitive damages and the like. It's interesting to follow the patent fight between the big boys, we are particularly eager to know if  Nokia's similar suit against Apple holds water, as it also claims that the fruit company infringed on a number of technologies developed first by Nokia. This makes the patent fights a nice little Gordian Knot, from which the lawyers are sure to emerge with a second house in the Hamptons.

source: AllThingsD & MoCoNews

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115 Comments

121. Raj Meister unregistered

One thing is for certain, when the new Samsung Galaxy S3 comes available. I will be moving to android & leaving Apple iPhone hype. I would rather support a company who has their parts in the iPhone today. Samsung should never agreed to this & now is in court over Samsung's products that I want to buy here in UK. Thanks to Apple I cannot purchase this in the high street but can order an online galaxy tablet 10.1, it is outrageous and I hope Apple looses and pays Samsung all the money they lost cos of the lawsuit. Apple is nothing without Steve Jobs and Jobs don't care about the people in Japan even though they make the iPhone's possible. After the earthquake Jobs showed no remorse for their loss. Apart from iPhone 5 got delayed. "We Are The Future" - Raj Meister

120. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Hahaha...Apple now scared to death!

117. ztedac

Posts: 69; Member since: May 17, 2010

dear apple super isheep fan 530 gemini either chinese or east indian richies will eventually buy out apple and you will cry and cry and cry =] btw, samsung can always sell their techs to china

111. Vince bug unregistered

Self centered american phone users, take a look at the EUROPEAN version of the Galaxy S and you'll understand why Apple is not happy!

89. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

hoping the screens on iphone will be below standard haha we know samsung makes apples internals... please samsung RUIN THE SUPPLIES APPLE ORDERS!!!

91. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I hope Samsung will :) That way Samsung can really be ruined :)

99. IaMdEbEsT unregistered

please just get a life i've been reading all the comments and your like the biggest hater out there and remember this, not everyone is a fandroid(as you see i do not currently own an android device) we just hate people like you for well letting yourself be controlled by apple, as there are more innovative products out there by which apple feels threatened and tries to come up with a plan to make more money by suing them, so please do us all a favor and get the hell out of here.

102. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Me? A hater? By defending Apple, I'm a hater? Lol. I know that not all android users are fandroids, but the ones posting on here are definitely fandroids. You don't like control? Well it seems to me that you definitely want to run this place as if you own it, lol. Do yourself a favor and get lost if you cannot handle it :)

116. GetHelp unregistered

seriously. . . seek professional help! You are very off!!!

87. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

haha this stupid apple employees think rectangle shaped gadgets are their patents wahaahhaha! OMB im waiting for a dodecagon shaped phone hahahah!

118. ztedac

Posts: 69; Member since: May 17, 2010

yah.. it's dumb eh... my ds, psp, camera, food box are all rectangle... i guess apple wants me to buy one of their rectangle shape phones to store my food too =/

85. koreampuff unregistered

we have some major apple fanboys/girls liking and disliking on this thread...

78. calamazoo unregistered

and now Apple won't see a Super AMOLED screen on its gadgets for the rest of its life :-)

80. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

And Samsung will lose one of their top clients :) Apple has never used Samsung's super amoled displays anyway, and their retina display is still considered top of the class. Apple will not lose profit out of this break up, Samsung will :) Apple will just shop around for a new supplier, and I'm sure vendors will be more than happy to have Apple :)

81. calamazoo unregistered

yeah, cause there are so many of them offering the super amoled technology... like, none but Samsung. last year Apple was looking into AMOLED, but Samsung was nowhere near ready to produce so many displays. Now that they ramp up capacity in June with the new plant, Apple could have gone 4" Super AMOLED with Retina Display resolution and made the phone even thinner. Now... fuggetaboutit

86. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

You speak as if super amoled is the only impressive display out there, lol. Super amoled still cannot match the retina display's clarity and natural colors. Also, it is quite obvious that Apple could care less for it now, and why would they? There are other display technologies out there that could compete well with super amoled. With the ips lcd retina display as one of them.

92. Change can happen unregistered

Retina display is made LG. LG is going to keep their tech and try to beat Apple like everybody else is doing. LG will give Apple a watered down retina display. Just so you know, the retina display is old news now. The Super AMOLED Plus is the new kid on the block. Do your reasearch. 530gemini you are the ultimate iSheep. You speak of Apple like they are paying you. Apple doesn't care about you! They just want your money! Apple is all about the money not the customer. Android gives it's tech to the people to do as they like. Android is about the customer, the people. God you sound so childish!

93. Change can happen unregistered

@ 530gemini When Apple or Steve Jobs says jump, do you get off your knees & say how high. A true iSheep would! :-)

104. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Well maybe if you are LG's CEO you would. But sorry, LG's CEO is not a jack ass like you :) The retina display still has the highest screen resolution. So how can it be old news? Don't be silly. And who's paying you to hate on Apple? Lol. Of course Apple wants my money. Which business do not? Just shows how ignorant you are if you think that google is a non-profit, charitable institution, lol. Stop taking drugs. It's making your already poor brain worse :)

108. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Can you ever just talk? Why do you have to call people names? Aren't you just making yourself look a tad-bit bad? People can have their opinions, just like you have. Every post you make sound angry like if you are taking this way too personally. I feel like your blood pressure is real high, like your stressed out, like you are about to be diagnosed with hyper tension. 530gemini just cool it for your own good. I tell you this as a genuine observation/concern. This is not a diss to you! Just chill it's not so serious! It’s ok to be passionate, but do it moderately!

109. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

530gemini in the 40 plus min you have been on, all of a sudden everybody has thumbs down. In 16 min since my last post I got 4 thumbs down. Why are you doing this. Why do you care so much to go out of your way to give people thumbs down. Frankly you look so silly. You look so kiddie. I was just looking out for you but you really have lost it. How many fake accounts do you have? It's got to be way over 30 by my count. The math just adds up. Buddy you are struggling & giving Apple fans a bad name. Lets test you out & see how many thumbs down you give me after I post this. Ready 530gemini..... start NOW!

110. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow in 24 min you have given me 6 thumbs down. Dude you are so sorry! I can't get over how you are acting. It's like you are throwing a temper tantrum. It's now comical, something straight out of SNL. This is so funny. Bro you lost it, & the funny part is that everyone know you are doing it & you are still not phased. In high school you were definitely picked on, right? LMAO LOL

112. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Post 108 has now 8 thumbs down, post 109 not even 7 min old now has 2 thumbs down, I want to see what you give post 110. Dude you are not fast enough. You are doing it all wrong! LMAO I like you 530gemini if I ever need a lawyer I will hire you cause you truly fight to the death! LOL I want more thumbs down, 530gemini you are disappointing me. Don't make me get mad, because I will go on thumbs down spree! LMAO

113. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude this is the sorriest act I have personally witnessed in my life. 530gemini do you kick stray animals in the street, by the way you act I think you do. On your iPhone download a phone book app, Yellow pages works, then look up therapy. Don't be shy any therapy will help cause dude you are in need of ANY help that can be given. I just don't understand, or believe what you have made yourself to be. In one word you are SORRY! I love this type of entertainment. This makes the work day go by so fast. LMAO I am going to call some movie studio's to see if they can make a movie. This would be the title "530gemini how phonearena ruined his life" A tragic story of how blogging just gets out of hand! Buddy I am having so much fun from your downward spiral! This is incredible, sorry don’t get mad & protect Apple, I didn’t say Droid Incredible! LOL LMAO!!!

114. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

LMAO it's raining thumbs down. You are still not doing it quick enough! 530gemini, the man, the myth, the legend. Also the unstable human with nothing better to do that to rain thumbs down on this site. LOL 530gemini, you're my boy blue!

115. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

In a hour I have received 40 thumbs down. If you add all my thumbs down together that is. 530gemini this is a crazy thing you’re doing. It's like a Looney Tunes cartoon. I am now speechless by your determination. Nah it's still so funny! Keep up the good work my friend! LMAO.

83. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And Samsung will find plenty of buyers for its AMOLED displays. Neither company materially loses, but Apple is just cranking out bad publicity for itself. It seems no one can make a move without getting sued by Apple.

88. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Then good for Samsung. As for bad publicity, well that would depend which side you're on. Haters already hated Apple even before they sued Samsung, so I don't think it matters. And of course, there are those who are in favor of Apple finally doing something about their copycats :) This is not the first time Apple sued another company for infringing their patents. And they actually won. Ask eMachines :)

97. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What is with you overusing smileys? Throwing in those smug little self satisfied smiles just makes you look like an even bigger idiot when you're owned. I could give half a shit about emachines. Don't like them anyway, they're cheap. If you think that Samsung copied the iPhone enough to be sued over it, then you're beyond help. I even posted images of the four major Galaxy S versions, and only two look enough alike to earn even a passing chuckle.

103. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Well because I'm a happy person. Not a grumpy asshole like you :) Did I tell you to love eMachines? No I did not. I just wanted to let you know that Apple had sued them in the past for copying Apple devices, and Apple won. Samsung is a copycat, and they should stop copying Apple's designs.

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