Apple Sued Samsung over Copied Tablet Design

Apple filled a Lawsuit on Friday against Samsung, for their ‘blatant’ copying of the iconic IPad’s design. If anything, this is another sign of the escalating intellectual-property tensions in the mobile market.

The claim submitted stated that Samsung had copied the look, product design, packaging, and user interface of Apple’s products in their Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets; thus violating its patents and trademarks.

Apple’s claim was submitted to the U.S District Court of Northern California, along with a 38 page report including photos that pointed out similarities in their packaging and icons for software applications such as music, phone, texting, and contacts. The style particularly detailed the clear similarities between the Apple iPhone 3GS model (released in June 2009), and the Galaxy S i9000 model ( released in March 2010)

In the report Apple stated that: “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.”

Regarding the Lawsuit, a Samsung spokesman said the company will “actively” respond to the lawsuit. And that “Samsung’s development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success.”

This is yet another Lawsuit posted by Apple, who are continuing in the fight to slow the encroachment of other companies into the smartphone and table market. With lawsuits also pending against companies such as HTC Corp, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Nokia Corp, and Eastman Kodak Co over products such as smart phones and software as well as a legal dispute with Microsoft Corp, over Apple’s trademark for the term “app store.”

Its very clear that Apple are adamant about staying at the top of the smartphone and tablet market, and they are using everything at their legal disposal. However with Companies such as Samsung beginning to out sell some of Apples top products, how long can they hold off.

According to Edward Snyder, an analyst for Charter Equity Research in San Francisco, it’s very likely that the two companies will settle but the eventual result of the lawsuit will cause friction between the two companies. Things are panning out to be pretty interesting, and we’ll keep you updated as we get more details.

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