Welcome to another segment of “Stupid Legal Disputes Between Tech Companies”. Today’s episode involves Apple pulling out evidence that Google warned Samsung that their original Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy Tab 10.1 too closely resembled Apple products but Samsung refused to heed the warning and went ahead with their designs. Here’s a quick list of bullet points from Apple’s brief:
- 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.”
The Galaxy S may have looked a lot like an iPhone but this patent war is getting out of hand and I’m pretty sure that nobody should be granted such a vague design patent on something like this. Someone just needs to go and tell Apple to go back to California and Samsung to Korea and just forget about this idiotic legal dispute. Because honestly, people are getting tired of it. What do you guys think of this new development in the case?