Google Warned Samsung Not To Copy Apple

Posted Jul 26, 2012

In the patent lawsuit between Apple and Samsung, Apple told the judge that Samsung was aware that their smartphones and tablets had a strong resemblance to the iPhone and the iPad.  According to Samsung’s own documents, Google had warned them about copying certain characteristics from the iPhone and iPad.  Below are a few bullet points about it as quoted by AllThingsD:

  • In February 2010, Google told Samsung that Samsung?s ?P1? and ?P3? tablets (Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1) were ?too similar? to the iPad and demanded ?distinguishable design vis-à-vis the iPad for the P3.?
  • In 2011, Samsung?s own Product Design Group noted that it is ?regrettable? that the Galaxy S ?looks similar? to older iPhone models.
  • As part of a formal, Samsung-sponsored evaluation, famous designers warned Samsung that the Galaxy S ?looked like it copied the iPhone too much,? and that ?innovation is needed.? The designers explained that the appearance of the Galaxy S ?[c]losely resembles the iPhone shape so as to have no distinguishable elements,? and ?[a]ll you have to do is cover up the Samsung logo and it?s difficult to find anything different from the iPhone.?

However Samsung lawyers have some design concepts from 2006 of their own that models a smartphone looking like an iPhone.  Samsung lawyers also have internal e-mails from Apple that suggest that the iPhone derived from designs created by Sony.