Apple’s next lawsuit victim: Samsung

Darren Allan

April 19, 2011

Apple is attempting to haul another in a line of companies over the legal coals.

If it’s not Nokia, it’s HTC, Motorola and now Samsung, which Apple is accusing of cribbing its designs. Not just that of the iPhone, but also the iPad in the world of tablets.

According to a report on Sky News, Apple is bringing 16 claims, 10 of them patent claims, and the others include accusations of the likes of “unjust enrichment”. We love these phrases (“Are you robbing me?” – “No, sir, I’m unjustly enriching myself… now give me the money before I unfairly ventilate your lung.”).

Apple accused Samsung of “blatant copying” in terms of design features and even on-screen icons, with its Galaxy S and Tab products (and indeed Google’s Nexus S, which Samsung manufactured).

Apparently a spokesperson for Samsung responded in indirect fashion: “Samsung’s development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success.”

Isn’t this lawsuit tussling starting to get a bit silly now? Here’s an idea, let’s forget legal posturing and just get on with making the next generation of products and ensuring that’s much better than whatever your competitors are bringing out…

The Samsung Galaxy Tab certainly isn’t threatening the iPad much, anyway, although the Galaxy S has carved out more of a smartphone market share.


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