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



1. IOS5 unregistered

here we go start agian the same movie i dont know why Nokia still in this think already lost the case last time.

94. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

don't know... i think the are still fighting

2. Ao unregistered

God... I hate Apple so much


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Apple is clearly threatened by android im general. Oh god they are making better products then us let's sue them.

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Apple looks scared & weak. Anyone who Apple sees as a threat, they just take to court. The rectangular design is so common. Why not take the whole mobile industry to court. Round edges c'mon every phone made since 98 has had round edges. I have never owned a phone with a pointy edge. To me Apple looks bad in all of this. So now that you are not # 1 then you start taking people to court. This is just ruining their PR!

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so according to apple 1) noone else can have a rectangular phone (good luck, im waiting for a star shaped phone!) 2) noone else can have a menu button 3) noone else can have colorful icons! 3) noone else can have a green colored phone icon. 4) noone else can be... successful 5 noone else can have multitouch 6) noone should use flash 7) wireless syncing should be outlawed 8) noone should have good notifications. Every time you buy an iProduct, your helping this man frivilously sue the rest of the world for infringing on his EGO.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Samsung Captivate: Samsung Fascinate: Samsung Vibrant: Samsung Epic: Apple iPhone 4: Only an absolute moron would be unable to tell these phones apart. So a couple of icons look similar, Samsung uses common sense tech in its screens, and the general shape of two of the phones is similar to the iPhone's on the front. GET OVER IT, APPLE. Spend some of those millions you're dropping down the tubes in lawsuits and put that money into developing a phone that's actually innovative and superior again.

5. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Dear Apple, Samsung has made over 50% of ur parts that go into ur products for the last several generations. Now that they are making their own products ur shocked the look slightly similar. Fuck you. Love, Common Sense.

6. IOS5 unregistered

why you samsung fan dont want to admit that samsung copt Apple product its true galaxy s looks like iphone 3gs galaxy s2 looks like iphone 4 galaxy tab7" looks like ipad! dont get me wrong but samsung does not has own desigin like SonyEricssion, Sony Ericssion relase the Xperia Arc the phone design and skin looks 100 time better than galaxy s.

13. giantgnome

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

Your English doesn't have to be perfect but at least make some sense!

21. america123jeff

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 14, 2011

they look NOTHING like each other. and sony ericssion sucks. just sayin

39. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I think apple wouldn't sue unless they have a good case. Now I can see the icons being mildly the same, but the phones look nothing a like. The packaging looks alike, but then again I thought all packaging looked alike...

7. G7 unregistered

WTF? Sunflower for a gallery icon is Apple's intellectual property? That's biggest nonsense I've ever heard

8. andro unregistered

Apple sueing Samsung? has Steve Jobs no shame,half the component for their iphone has been designed and manufactured by Samsung,Apples draconian thirst for control knows no bounds. Funny enough one of the few parts of the iphone directly designed and manufactured by apple themselves for the iphone 4 is the antenna and thats the major fault with it. Apples feeling the pressure,android is now world leader and with ios being predicted to fall back to 3rd place in os terms Apple is becoming more desperate reacting with measures like this,Steve Jobs allowing flash back on ios shows this also. The Samsung Galaxy s2 looks like it'll be a major big hitter this year and Steve Jobs is getting ready to get angry again

32. unregistered

FYI. . . iOS is in 3rd place now. #1 Android #2 Symbian #3 iOS #4 Blackberry OS This is as of Q4 2010.

122. alx33

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 07, 2011


9. androisaretard unregistered

Hello? Steve jobs isn't working for apple anymore you retard, he's retiring. That being said, it's a stupid court case

33. AppleFUD unregistered

Hello retard. . . Steve Jobs has not retired. He is on permanent medical leave but still CEO of Apple while Tim Cook handles the daily running. He still calls the shots and can return any time he want. Get a clue before opening your mouth!

10. b unregistered

Apple sueing companies because they make mobile phones many of which make better phones than theirs. Its funny these companies are in the phone business alot longer than apple but Apple seem to think they invented mobiles

11. h3csc

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Well, we all know Samsung the Galaxy series is "Apple's product for Apple's haters". If you like iPhone, iPad and Macbook Air but hate Apple from top to bottom then Samsung will offer you Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab and 9 Series laptop. But that's how the industry works. This lawsuit is pretty much like Motorola suing Nokia for making mobile phone.

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think every company has a hater, and for those who hate another company comes and fills that space.... and about the second comment.... epic i think I love you...

12. hrt unregistered

*****BEWARE***** Make a top ranking phone with a touchscreen and a menu button and Apple will sue you for copying their invention. you have been WARNED

16. IOS5 unregistered

The samart phones & tablets war start

19. rycx365

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

How did the Galaxy series copy iphone? Well... 1)Apple gave iphone a rectangular shape, samsung made their phones rectangular in shape too 2)Apple decided to put a screen on the iphone. Samsung did the same 3)Apple decided that a camera would look nice on the back of the phone. Samsung copied that.

22. alex_a

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

Are you serious?..... What shape should the phone be? Round? Why would anyone put camera on the front part of the phone. Have you ever seen such phone? I would think twice before commenting if I were you.

24. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

I think rycx365 was using something called sarcasm and was calling Apple out with harsh derision and irony. Let me pry that off the wall over your head... maybe if a little more heavy handed... 4) Apple gave the iPhone a visual interface so that those who could see would be able to garner information from it. So did Samsung 5) Apple gave the phone sound so that those who could hear would be able to use it when not looking at it. So did Samsung...

25. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Newsflash. Apple sues God for letting there be light. Apple media relations gave a press release stating, "While God may have created light, Apple applied for and was granted the patent on using light in a mobile device screen so that owners can see it." It does not look good for God in this lawsuit as Apple clearly has a good argument for infringement: God never filed a patent and light is now Apple's Intellectual Property...

38. ztedac

Posts: 69; Member since: May 17, 2010

samsung made cameras.... they have the tech and just put it on their phones... one thing samsung did not 'copy' is the epic iphone death grip =] i really hope iphone would patent that 'death grip' too

20. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Apple must suing every companies on earth for copied iPhone and iPad. Samsung must stop selling memory cards, touchscreen panels, processors, etc. to Apple. If Apple is not stop suing Samsung.

23. applesauce unregistered

I would believe any other major company that has been making cell phones for more than 5 years over apple in any and all claims about patents and/or intellectal property, mostly because I find it hard to believe a company could come out of nowhere and make something like the iphone without stealing stuff from a myriad of sources (which is more or less company law: the original concept for what would become the Macintosh computer was done by Xerox, of all companies). It's also my belief that one of the many reasons the iphone (and everything else made by apple) is made in china is because of its patent infringements, and chinese companies, as many of us are well aware, just loves to "borrow" ideas/designs/IP/etc from other companies. Granted, sometimes their versions offer improvements, but they're still blatant IP thefts.

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