Apple Inc. (AAPL) sued Samsung Electronics Co. alleging that the electronics maker’s Galaxy phones and tablet computers infringe patents and the trademarked look of the iPhone and iPad.
“Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung has chosen to slavishly copy Apple’s innovative technology, distinctive user interfaces, and elegant and distinctive product and packaging design, in violation of Apple’s valuable intellectual property rights,”
“The copying is so pervasive, that the Samsung Galaxy products appear to be actual Apple products — with the same rectangular shape with rounded corners, silver edging, a flat surface face with substantial top and bottom black borders, gently curving edges on the back, and a display of colorful square icons with rounded corners,”.
In addition to copying the product designs, Samsung designed the on-screen application icons for its devices that closely emulated Apple’s icons. Apple said those icons violate its trademarks.
Apple said Samsung continued the alleged violations despite repeated objections, leaving the company no choice but to sue.
Apple is seeking a court order to block further use of its patents and trademarks, along with cash compensation and “reasonable funds for future corrective advertising.”
Source: IDG News Service.