Apple Inc. is suing South Korean giant Samsung Electronics claiming that they copied the look and feel of iPhone and iPad in their Galaxy products. The lawsuit was filed on April 15, alleging that Samsung’s smartphones – “Galaxy S 4G,” “Epic 4G” and “Nexus S”; and touchscreen tablet – “Galaxy Tab” violated Apple’s intellectual property.
“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. Source: online.wsj.com
The lawsuit brings two largest developers of touchscreen tablets against each other.
Steve Dowling, a spokesman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, said the company needed to protect its intellectual property.
“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,” he said. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”
Samsung shares dropped 0.7 percent to 861,000 won at 12:44 p.m. in Seoul trading, poised for a fourth consecutive day of decline. The shares have tumbled 9.4 percent this year compared with a 2.9 percent gain for Apple on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
“Samsung’s development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success,” said Titus Kim, a spokesman for Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung. “Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property.”
It also pits Apple against Google, as Samsung uses Google’s Android as operating system of the tablets and smartphones.
With Samsung manufacturing some of the microchips used in Apple products, it would be interesting to see how it affects the relationship between the two.