Apple sues Samsung for copying its hardware designs

By on April 19, 2011
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iDevice maker accuses Samsung for lifting hardware and software designs for its Galaxy range of products.

Do you think the Samsung Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab resemble the iPhone and the iPad? No? Doesn’t matter, because Apple certainly thinks so. According to a Reuters report, Apple has commandeered its fleet of lawyers to launch a lawsuit attack on Samsung, accusing them of “lavishly” copying iPhone’s and iPad’s hardware and software design choices.

“This kind of blatant copying is wrong,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said in a statement.

According to the lawsuit, earlier versions of Samsung smartphones did not feature such “blatant” copying from Apple’s devices. It says: “”Even the icons in earlier versions of the Samsung smart phones looked different because they had a variety of shapes — and did not appear as a field of square icons with rounded corners.”

In response, Samsung’s Kim Titus obviously denied such allegations and said that the company will “actively” respond to the lawsuit.

“Samsung’s development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success,” Titus said in an email

On the surface, the lawsuit sounds frivolous. There are countless such smartphones that feature rounded corners and icon grids. To single out Samsung alone looks completely unfair, and almost feels like an admission of their increasingly popularity against the iPhone and iPad.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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