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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has said in court documents that Samsung was fully aware of its products being similar to the iPhone maker’s and that the Korean company was even warned about it by Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). Apple insists that the issue of product similarity was discussed internally by Samsung, according to AllThingsD.
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“Samsung’s documents show the similarity of Samsung’s products is no accident or, as Samsung would have it, a ‘natural evolution,’” Apple says in its brief to the court. “Rather, it results from Samsung’s deliberate plan to free-ride on the iPhone’s and iPad’s extraordinary success by copying their iconic designs and intuitive user interface. Apple will rely on Samsung’s own documents, which tell an unambiguous story.”
Apparently the documents in Apple’s possession show that Samsung not only deliberately copied features of the iPhone and iPad, but was also warned about it by several entities, including Google, whose Android software is used in the Korean company’s devices.
According to Apple, Google told Samsung in February 2010 that its “P1” and “P3” tablets (Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1) were “too similar” to the iPad and asked for “distinguishable design vis-à-vis the iPad for the P3.”
In 2011, Apple claims, Samsung’s own product design group noted that it was “regrettable” that the Galaxy S “looks similar” to older iPhone models. In addition, several designers warned Samsung during product evaluations that the Galaxy S “looked like it copied the iPhone too much.” The external designers are said to have gone to the extent of saying that if the Samsung logo was covered up on the Galaxy S, it would be difficult to find “anything different from the iPhone.”
However, Samsung is also said to have internal design presentations from 2006 that outline a mobile user interface that looks similar to what the iPhone eventually received. The legal team reportedly also has internal Apple emails that suggest the iPhone was “derived from the designs of a competitor — Sony (NYSE:SNE).”
The case starts on July 30 in a San Jose, California, federal court, and is part of several different lawsuits the two companies have initiated against each other.
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