Apple isn’t exactly a stranger to the whole litigation thing. Steve Jobs and his legal team have been dishing out lawsuits like they were going out of style for years and now the latest target happens to be Samsung. The grounds for the suit? Galaxy S devices look too much like the iPhone.
In the lawsuit, Apple is claiming that Samsung Electronics is copying the “look and feel” of the iPhone and iPad, saying that the Nexus S, Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, and Galaxy Tab don’t really bring anything new to the table. They’re saying they’re just rehashes of the iPhone and iPad, under a Korean-flavored Android guise.
This goes beyond just the look of the hardware too. They say that the app icons are too similar too, infringing on Apple’s trademarks. I’ve always said that the TouchWiz interface was similar to iOS, but it’s different enough to dodge a lawsuit, isn’t it?
“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets,” goes the lawsuit, “Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”
What makes this lawsuit a little more compelling than the others that Apple may pursue is that Samsung is one of Apple’s biggest suppliers. Under the hood of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod (as well as the MacBook Air) are Samsung goodies like RAM, display, and even the A4/A5 processor. If this suit goes sour, does this mean Apple could be shopping for a new supplier too?