Samsung files patent for interchangeable smartwatch bands using Apple Watch sketches

As any iPhone fan will tell you, Samsung has been repeatedly blamed (and sued) for gathering inspiration from Apple's products. To some extent, such claims may be a bit overblown, seeing that all tech companies routinely look over the fence in an attempt to match and even surpass the features of competing products. A recent patent filing from Samsung, however, is taking matters one step too far. 

In a patent filing that describes an interchangeable smartwatch band mechanism, Samsung is using a sketch of the Apple Watch. There can be no denying that this is an accurate representation of Apple's debut smartwatch: the shape, the digital crown, and even the charging connectors on the back are all of the right size and in the right place. Check out the pictures below and try not to see the Apple Watch being depicted in the sketches:

If you're wondering what was the purpose of this, you're not alone! It may be that Samsung did this on purpose, it may be that this slipped in between the cracks. 

At the end of the day, however, this is just a patent filing we're talking about. None of Samsung's smartwatches look anything like the Apple Watch. In fact, the Samsung Gear S2 is, in fact, a unique product in the smartwatch market, coming with a rotating bezel that's both cool-looking and useful for navigational purposes. Furthermore, there are many other images included in the patent filing and all the other ones depict a generic smartwatch.

What do you guys think, could Samsung have intentionally used a sketch of the Apple Watch to file its patent for interchangeable smartwatch bands?



1. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Could be some smart bands for apple watch... They may not end up making it..but may have added these in patents. They learned a lesson not patenting shapes , and lost $1 bn.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

$1 bn.? It was reducded to $530 mn. !!! Stop spewing half-ass info.

6. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

$1 bn...It was reducded to $530 mn. So?

9. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Apple was patenting prior art, shapes, other ppl initial work, preliminary ideas on a paper drawn with pencil. So it is a good move from Samsung to act proactive. Otherwise they might face ridiculous law suits over silly things.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I think this might be an on purpose act to make a point about the patent system. They're currently defending themselves at the Supreme Court regarding that original trial and an army of Apple favoring designers just asked the court to defend the rounded rectangle patent. This might just prove to the court that the patent office is broken and will grant anything to anyone no matter how ridiculous the concept or how not innovative the idea like rubber banding or multi-touch or rounded rectangle.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Maybe they'll be making bands for the Apple Watch. Who knows...

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's actually what I was thinking. +1

5. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Oh Samsung Samsung, just as you gained some much respect from heaps of people that like technology and now you do this? But its filing a patent using someone's else product illegal? I'm not really sure. And what time point if filing a right using other's product? Also, where is the source of this? Where is the complete patent? This is just part of it? Selective writing?

7. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014


8. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Lol clearly samsung was trolling ...

17. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

all we need now is a rickroll from Samsung to make it all complete :D

10. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Samsung does what apple did to others

11. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Come on people! Are you all really making excuses? This is about as bad as someone giving me a reason to vote for Trump. STOP IT PEOPLE! You all are looking are looking like 100% grade A Sheep right now! Apple will now have to patent their patents.

15. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

That is just pathetic....I hope it is some kind of joke from Samsung.

21. whatev

Posts: 2396; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Omg, Samsung you need to stop :S

22. lizeyan

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 03, 2016

the new choice ,china brand NO.1,Specifically dedicated to the production of smart phones and watches

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