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Apple Claims Google Warned Samsung About Copying iPad

By - Source: All Things D | B 53 comments

Apple is busy preparing ammunition for next week's trial.

Apple and Samsung's courtroom ping pong continues today with claims from Apple that even Google warned Samsung about the Galaxy Tab being too similar to the iPad.

All Things Digital today cites an unredacted version of Apple's trial brief that claims Samsung knew its own line of Galaxy smartphones and tablets were quite similar, aesthetically, to Apple's iPhone and iPad. In fact, the brief claims that not only did Samsung deliberately copy Apple's designs but it was actually warned about its products being too similar to Apple's on multiple occasions. One of these warnings apparently came from Android creator Google.

The briefing says Samsung was warned by Google, product designers at its own company, and famous designers, about copying Apple's designs. These people are all said to have raised concerns about the Galaxy S or Galaxy Tab looking too similar to Apple's iPhone and iPad. Google's remarks came in early 2010. The search giant is quoted as saying the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 were "too similar" to the iPad and demanded "distinguishable design vis-à-vis the iPad for the [Galaxy Tab 10.1]."

Samsung and Apple are currently duking it out in courthouses around the world. Apple believes Samsung copied the iPad in its design for the Galaxy Tab line, as well as taking some elements from the iPhone for the design of the Galaxy smartphones, while Samsung is counter-suing for patent infringement relating to wireless technologies. The lawsuits have resulted in temporary import bans on certain Galaxy products in some countries but Samsung hasn't lost every time. The company's most recent win came at the hands of a UK judge that ruled in Samsung's favor earlier this month. The judge even ordered Apple to publish a public apology on its website to clear Samsung's name and counter any damage the lawsuit may have done to South Korean's company's reputation.

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    freggo , July 27, 2012 4:01 PM
    Anyone notices how Monitor manufacturers copy each other's designs?
    a 1920x1080 screen with a black border (bezel) around it, 4 corners -either pointy or rounded- and a power on/off switch.

    That should be illegal too!
    Come on monitor people. don't copy... bring your own designs !
    I want a 14.5:9.25 aspect ratio, elliptical pixels, hexagonal corners, the on/off switch on thebase of the monitor stand and a pink "glow in the dark" bezel. Than let's patent that design of course :) 

    /sarcasm

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    hotroderx , July 27, 2012 3:13 PM
    This is so dumb it makes me sick to tell yea the truth. This goes to show you how inferior a product apple produces. Also tells me they have zero confidence in there products anymore.

    I guess there new strategy is to sue any competitor for every little thing possible until they give up and withdraw from the market.

    Whats next is Apple going to start suing company's who make there products have a white or black shell. Since Apple products come in White and Black.

    This to me would be like Intel Suing AMD because there processors are both Square use Sockets to connect to the motherboard.
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    zzz_b , July 27, 2012 3:47 PM
    I do not understand how can Apple say that Samsung copied the iPad, because one has a 4:3 ratio while the other one has 16:10. Nobody sees the difference???
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    frank_drebin , July 27, 2012 3:05 PM
    No doubt about it
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    victorious 3930k , July 27, 2012 3:10 PM
    Unfortunately, the fact that crapple needs to put a notice on its website is on stay until Samsung can appeal in October. :thumbsdown:

    http://www.tweaktown.com/news/25039/court_rules_that_apple_won_t_need_to_publish_a_notice_on_its_uk_website_that_samsung_didn_t_copy_its_ipad_design/index.html
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    hotroderx , July 27, 2012 3:13 PM
    This is so dumb it makes me sick to tell yea the truth. This goes to show you how inferior a product apple produces. Also tells me they have zero confidence in there products anymore.

    I guess there new strategy is to sue any competitor for every little thing possible until they give up and withdraw from the market.

    Whats next is Apple going to start suing company's who make there products have a white or black shell. Since Apple products come in White and Black.

    This to me would be like Intel Suing AMD because there processors are both Square use Sockets to connect to the motherboard.
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    the3dsgeek , July 27, 2012 3:16 PM
    didn't realize apple is on graveyard shift, digging graves and shit
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    DSpider , July 27, 2012 3:45 PM
    I heard that even the packaging was duplicated (while and yellow). Come on, Sammy!
  • 20 Hide
    zzz_b , July 27, 2012 3:47 PM
    I do not understand how can Apple say that Samsung copied the iPad, because one has a 4:3 ratio while the other one has 16:10. Nobody sees the difference???
  • 13 Hide
    whiteodian , July 27, 2012 3:52 PM
    They look different enough to me. I wonder if the sphere or the color white has been copyrighted. I better get on that. I will make millions in lawsuits.
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    nukemaster , July 27, 2012 3:54 PM
    zzz_bI do not understand how can Apple say that Samsung copied the iPad, because one has a 4:3 ratio while the other one has 16:10. Nobody sees the difference???

    Not if you doctor the images you bring to court.

    It seems like they do not bring the devices or something. Anyone should me more then able to tell them apart. It is kind of sad to be honest.
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    phatboe , July 27, 2012 3:57 PM
    If the claims that Samsung stole design concepts from Apple are true then why are they suing HTC and Motorola? OK I can sort of give Apple credit, the old Samsung TouchWiz 3 UI looks similar to Apple's iOS especially the icons. But suing them because the tablet is rectangular? Swipe to unlock? The rest of Apple's argument's need to be thrown out.
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    freggo , July 27, 2012 4:01 PM
    Anyone notices how Monitor manufacturers copy each other's designs?
    a 1920x1080 screen with a black border (bezel) around it, 4 corners -either pointy or rounded- and a power on/off switch.

    That should be illegal too!
    Come on monitor people. don't copy... bring your own designs !
    I want a 14.5:9.25 aspect ratio, elliptical pixels, hexagonal corners, the on/off switch on thebase of the monitor stand and a pink "glow in the dark" bezel. Than let's patent that design of course :) 

    /sarcasm

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    blazorthon , July 27, 2012 4:02 PM
    AAPLGOODGUYSThat's ok, because when this is all done, Samsung will not only have to apologize to everyone for stealing, but also have to pay Apple. Samsung should be required to apologize to me personally, as well as all other AAPL shareholders, for the shenanigans.Good guys always win in the end! Go AAPL good guys!


    Apple had to doctor photos just to screw Samsung over this much in previous lawsuits. What chance do you think that they have of winning when a lot of what they said that Samsung did, Samsung didn't even do? Is this what a good guy does?
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    blazorthon , July 27, 2012 4:07 PM
    chromonoidI actually with apple suing everyone the can.... i mean, this is a capitalist country, you compete with everyone to get more and more money, and thats the ultimate goal, MORE MONEY so apple is only eliminating its competition however it can so dont hate the player, hate the game


    Capitalism is equal opportunities. Apple is doing what they can to ensure that no one else has an opportunity. Apple's not abiding by capitalism, their actions are a perversion of capitalism.
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    Miharu , July 27, 2012 4:09 PM
    And Apple design is copied on Sony and Samsung.
    This pattern doesn't make sense in the first place!

    UK say Samsung doesn't copy Apple but Apple scream HARDER to the world... like a cry baby that doesn't get what he wanted.

    Now they use what Google said against Samsung... for justify their madness.
    No point on that... It's not because someone warn that is really mean something.

    Apple also say stupid thing.
    Like they drop EPEAT for finally returns to EPEAT because this wasn't good for their image.
    Like they will do the UK campaign "Samsung doesn't copied Apple design" and in the other hand, they scream louder outside UK. Can't you accept that you "LOSE"?

    Now I just want a judge to invalidating this generic design patent.

    The only thing Apple did.. is being the first to market (with that kind of design) and being the first to patent a generic design something that phone maker don't do because they accept direct competition (fair play).

    To chromonoid: one bad player can turn a good game in boring one. So the problem wasn't the game since the game was fun before.
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    Cazalan , July 27, 2012 4:16 PM
    Ever get a task assignment that you knew was impossible?
    That must be how Apple lawyers feel.

    This lawsuit is purely an extent of Job's narcissism. An admitted stealer of designs and ideas.

    iPhone was stolen from Sony concept art. lol
    http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1257891/Samsung_unredacted_trial_brief.pdf

    Tablet layouts have been around for over 2 decades. In both movies and prototypes.

    Apple owes Samsung for their essential patents, attorney fees and damages. This can only go bad for Apple. Apple is destroying their credibility as a late comer to the phone market.


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    blazorthon , July 27, 2012 4:19 PM
    MiharuAnd Apple design is copied on Sony and Samsung.This pattern doesn't make sense in the first place!UK say Samsung doesn't copy Apple but Apple scream HARDER to the world... like a cry baby that doesn't get what he wanted.Now they use what Google said against Samsung... for justify their madness.No point on that... It's not because someone warn that is really mean something.Apple also say stupid thing.Like they drop EPEAT for finally returns to EPEAT because this wan't good for their image.Like they will do the UK campaign "Samsung doesn't copied Apple design" and in the other hand, they scream louder outside UK.Now I just want a judge to invalidating this generic design patent.The only thing Apple did.. is being the first to market and being the first to patent a generic design something that phone maker don't do because they accept direct competition (fair play).


    Actually, Apple didn't bring the first tablets, smart phones, or anything (to my knowledge, maybe they did bring something to market) to market. They simply managed to get those markets moving.
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    subaru41 , July 27, 2012 4:30 PM
    freggoAnyone notices how Monitor manufacturers copy each other's designs?a 1920x1080 screen with a black border (bezel) around it, 4 corners -either pointy or rounded- and a power on/off switch.That should be illegal too!Come on monitor people. don't copy... bring your own designs !I want a 14.5:9.25 aspect ratio, elliptical pixels, hexagonal corners, the on/off switch on thebase of the monitor stand and a pink "glow in the dark" bezel. Than let's patent that design of course /sarcasm


    +1

    The Galaxy Tab may look somewhat like the iPad, but the OS is completely different.

    So for how many years have Computer Monitors, CRT's, TV, etc, have the same look, shape, sizes and so forth. Apple needs to grow up and stop acting like a child. If Apple TV comes out, how many LCD, Plasma TV and computer monitors will it look like?
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    ojas , July 27, 2012 4:32 PM
    HotRoderxThis to me would be like Intel Suing AMD because there processors are both Square use Sockets to connect to the motherboard.

    :lol:  +1
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    killerchickens , July 27, 2012 4:35 PM
    Apple thinks every thing in the entire universe was stolen from it if aliens came to earth Apple would claim that they had stolen their technology.
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