Apple Sues Samsung For Copying iPhone, iPad

Apple Sues Samsung For Copying iPhone, iPad

Apple says Samsung's phones and tablets, like the Galaxy S above, rip off its designs.

Apple is suing Samsung for copying the look and feel of its iPhone and iPad, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The lawsuit claims several of Samsung’s smartphones and tablet — the Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Nexus S and the Galaxy Tab — copy Apple’s intellectual property. The suit, filed last week in Northern California, claims:

“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 said.

Of course, Samsung makes a lot of components for Apple’s products, from RAM used in MacBooks to flash memory used in the iPhone and iPad. It aslo manufactures the A4 and A5 processors for Apple.

Update: An Apple spokesperson elaborated on the charges for Mobilized:

“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.”

  • Phil Reece

    It’s about time.

  • Michael

    You know I get a headache whenever I turn to a Tech Page. Case is point: Samsung and Apple. In one article Apple is suing Samsung for copying their iPhone and iPad. Next article has Samsung wanting to rid themselves of their hard drives since they are having so much fun selling Apple solid state drives for their MacBook Airs. Tell me I’m not hallucinating. If I am, give a drug to get rid of it!

  • armandornd

    Good things happen when you wait.

  • Sup

    I wonder how this will affect the relationship between Apple and Samsung in iPhone, iPad and iPod in regards to the manufacturing components Apple gets from Samsung…

  • Aris

    lame, won’t work, lost against MS in the 80’s over something so childish. I know everyone would like to empathize with Apple, but the truth is, Samsung had that design since the “Samsung F700,” (http://i.imgur.com/aLGOQ.jpg) which was released before any iPhone. If Apple does win, guess what? Samsung will just now charge them more for components to make recover from the suit. LOL

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