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Old 04-19-2011, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Whoa! In the world of big-time lawsuits, this must be just about the biggest. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has sued Samsung Electronics for copying "the look and feel" of its iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone. This relates to the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the iPhone 3G / 3GS models, and the slightly less obvious Epic 4G, Nexus S, and Galaxy Tab (presumably the older 7-inch model, since the newer ones aren't out yet) devices. The claim for intellectual property infringement is phrased as follows:

"Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products."

The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of California on Friday and seeks injunctions against Samsung, damages (both actual and punitive), and a finding that the infringement was willful. Lest we forget, the rarest outcome in such legal tussles is for an actual judgment to actually be handed down, so the greatest likelihood is that this will just lead to another round of grudging handshakes and licensing going one way with money going the other way, but still, it's fun to see the big dogs barking at each other.

Another aspect to these proceedings that shouldn't be overlooked is that, on the software front, they boil down to iOS versus Android (again). When Apple calls Samsung uninventive in its user interface, it's talking more about Android's perceived imitation of the iPhone's interface than whatever TouchWiz tweaks Samsung has slapped on top. And hey, if you're going to sue Google indirectly, you can't leave a major player like Samsung outside the courtroom, it just wouldn't be fair.

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Old 04-20-2011, 05:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I generally diss lawsuits like these, but the numbers of times my phone has been mistaken for an iPhone ("Wow, you've got an iPhone!" - a common comment from the lower years at my school) has probably reached the low hundreds by now. Apple kinda have a point on this one.
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BS. User interface? Android != iOS. That is a disgrace completely. Anytime somebody sees my phone they know instantly that is ISN'T an iPhone. The screen doesn't feel like piece of crap flexible plastic and it isn't as laggy or slow either. Whoever in Apple decided to sue Samsung under this BS needs to be punched in the face by both of my hands.
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If you've seen the TouchWiz 3.0 interface on the Galaxy S phones, and compare it to iOS 4.0, then you can get a better idea of why Apple are suing.
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I mean, the way I have mine set up, it looks nothing like that (I have my apps ordered in an alphabetical list rather than a clunky app drawer).
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Then why sue Samsung over Android? That should be googles problem. This whole ordeal is like Chevy suing Dodge because they both made a sedan with steering wheels. WHATEVER.
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Because vanilla Android doesn't look like that. Samsung's TouchWiz launcher/skin does - they're also suing over the hardware design, among other things, like the UI 'bounce' at the end of a list, the layout of SMS and MMS timelines, and the similar appearances of a lot of the icons, and dozen of other hardware and software similarities.

This analysis explains the whole situation fairly well, with comparisons as well.

The main point is that while they wouldn't be able to sue very successfully because of just a couple of these, there's a lot more than a couple of points that they've included in the suit.
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Glad i spurged on the Google Nexus now.
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I'm not running the stock Samsung crap and it still looks like that. So this is an Android thing, not Samsung.
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Ah, fair enough.
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