A rather interesting development has happened in the harsh world of technology. Apple has sued industry rival Samsung claiming that the latter purposefully infringed Apple patents and has intentionally made its Galaxy product line similar to Apple’s products. This “blatant” copying, as Apple calls it, was enough to get Samsung involved in a lawsuit against the Cupertino based company.
The basis upon which Apple has built its case against Samsung are basically two points. Apple alleges that the Samsung Galaxy Tab, powered by Android, which is no doubt the most hard hitting competitor Apple has on the market infringes certain iPad patents and Apple has said that the Galaxy S smartphone looks like the iPhone 4 and that it has tried to copy its functionality as well.
An Apple spokesperson has said that this sort of “blatant” copying is not right. Apple also states in the court documents that Samsung did not choose a different path for its Galaxy product line, and it chose to copy Apple’s products at large.
Apple has levelled a total of 16 claims against Samsung, 10 of which are patent infringements. Others include unjust enrichment and trademark infringement on behalf of Samsung.
The worst case scenario? Apple may win this lawsuit and demand that all Galaxy S products should be taken off the shelves. Now that won’t be pleasing for Samsung Galaxy fans, would it? We’ve barely even seen the Galaxy Tab 10.1 yet!
Stay tuned as more coverage on this is yet to come.