Apple says Google warned Samsung that their products were too similar

A lot of information is coming out as we lead up to next week’s case involving Samsung and Apple. Yesterday we showed you some excerpts from Samsung’s trial brief that say they were working on their designs before the iPhone was even introduced and that Apple would not have sold a single iPhone if it weren’t for Samsung patents.

Today brings more news, but this time it’s from Apple’s trial brief. Apple says that Google warned Samsung that their products looked very similar to Apple’s. Hit the break for more details.

  • In February 2010, Google told Samsung that Samsung’s “P1” and “P3” tablets (Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1) were “too similar” to the iPad and demanded “distinguishable design vis-à-vis the iPad for the P3.”
  • In 2011, Samsung’s own Product Design Group noted that it is “regrettable” that the Galaxy S “looks similar” to older iPhone models.
  • As part of a formal, Samsung-sponsored evaluation, famous designers warned Samsung that the Galaxy S “looked like it copied the iPhone too much,” and that “innovation is needed.” The designers explained that the appearance of the Galaxy S “[c]losely resembles the iPhone shape so as to have no distinguishable elements,” and “[a]ll you have to do is cover up the Samsung logo and it’s difficult to find anything different from the iPhone.”

This seems like damaging stuff, but Samsung’s whole argument was they were working on their designs before Apple even introduced their products. If that’s true and the court believes any evidence that Samsung will offer, the question that has to be asked is if Samsung needed to change their designs after Apple introduced their products. I think for phones, Samsung will show enough evidence they didn’t copy, but it looks like on the iPad front, Samsung might have a tougher time.

source: allthingsd


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Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.


  • RTWright

    Aesthetics should never be what a company can lay claims to. The only thing that they have in common, is rounded corners. Samsung’s devices are Thinner, Bigger Screens, if I am correct they’re a tad bit wider as well. And the fact that Samsung uses plastic over aluminum backing on their Tablets, almost rounded edges as apposed to the straight edge of the iPad, there are quite a few arguable differences.

    Just because they’re bloody rounded corners and rectangular in shape, does not and should not give Apple any room and or upper hand. That would be like someone taking a patent on the shape of a letter, then claiming lawsuits for the use of it. That’s how stupid these patents are. I’m still hoping for Samsung to win.

    In my eyes, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, ( Whoever Palm belongs to ), Blackberry and probably a few others should team up and take on Apple head to head. You’d probably find that Apple really doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on which would lead to counter suits for damages from loss of sales, patent used without any agreement to use them and much more. Apple really is pushing their luck….

    • odino

      Except it doesn’t stop there. It’s about trade dress, they go farther in duplicating what the Apple product experience is like from head to toe. Not just the hardware device corners but to the branding/marketing, the packaging, accessories, the user experience and UI, etc. Take a look beyond just the TV commercials and into what else they market and you’ll see they’ve used Apple icon designs and other things that step over the line.