Crazy, huh? One tech giant suing another? That’s what we have here. While it seems fairly commonplace on the surface, some of the claims that Apple is making are based less on Samsung’s actual software interface (deemed Touchwiz) and device design, but instead specifically cites the Nexus S (along with the Galaxy Tab, and Epic 4G). For those of you unfamiliar with the device, the Nexus S is a pure Google phone; that means that it runs stock Android 2.3. While this isn’t Apple going after Google specifically, it does hint that the Apple-Google relationship is at a crucial point.
Apple believes that Samsung has blatantly copied parts of their technology:
“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”
Though this is an interesting move, it remains to be seen how far it can go in court. Judging from the past, not many of these “x company copied our features” cases ever advance. In any case, due to the way these generally work out, it will be a long time before we see any final decision. Still, Apple must feel that they have a significant case, or else they wouldn’t be attacking Samsung like this.
Apple has already gone after a major Android vendor before: HTC. Though this time, the complaints seem to much more centered around the very essence of the devices and even Android itself.
Jump the break to view some of the photos that Apple claims show proof of the blatant copying.