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Apple all too often gets a lot of slack about their claims to have created... well, everything. It seems like everything Apple releases everyone declares some amazing new innovation that could have only come from them. To top it all off, anyone online who has the audacity to call them on their occasional lies gets crucified for it. Every now and then however, Apple will have a mood swing and transform from everyone's favorite gadget company into a multi-billion dollar douche that no one can defend.

Apple Inc. has decided to sue Samsung for copying the iPhone "look and feel" in their latest phone the Samsung Galaxy S. There is no shortage of phones that resemble the Apple iPhone in shape, color, screen layout, icons, etc; however, Apple is only suing Samsung and only for this one line of devices. To me, this all seems a little strange since Samsung introduced a full touch screen phone a full year before Apple, only to have Apple copy their design.  Effectively, this means that Apple is suing Samsung for copying their design that they copied from Samsung in the first place.

Don't get me wrong.  I have nothing against Apple and I believe in giving credit where credit is due. On the other hand, this just seems like a strange move on Apple's part to bring this issue up now and only sue one party.

This is like Sony suddenly filing a lawsuit against Vizio for copying their HDTV's bezel "look and LCDness." I am honestly not sure if Apple is serious or just testing the waters to see if they could sue everyone for copying the "look and feel" of the iPhone.

To my knowledge, Samsung has yet to even acknowledge they are aware of the lawsuit pending against them. I can't say if they honestly don't know or if they are not taking it seriously yet. Either way I am curious to see what the other side has to say about this situation.

Credit second image to Network World

Source: Network World

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Born and raised in south Mississippi, I grew up with Japanese anime, southern values, and creole food. A cultural mix that gives me a unique and occasionally odd viewpoint. I have been in love with computers for decades and hope to share that love with you.

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  • Hm

    Apple came out with a touchscreen phone in 1983. Not a mobile phone though. The first mobile I can think of came out in 1992 By ipaq.

  • Anonymous

    I created a couple visual charts, comparing the iPhone with the Galaxy S and the F700 (as an example of what Samsung's phone looked like before the iPhone had any influence on design). Apple's trademarks are then broken out line by line to see how they hold up against both of Samsung's phones. Also reviewed are the iPad vs Tab and Samsung's UMPC before the iPad, the Q1; and packaging for all 6 devices. If you're interested in what Apple is suing for, this is a pretty good visual guide to why they think Samsung's devices/packaging are infringing. http://peanutbuttereggdirt.com/e/?p=218http://www.peanutbuttereggdirt.com/e/custom/Apple-vs-Samsung-Preview.jpg