Google Warned Samsung Not to Copy Apple
As the Samsung vs Apple patent dispute heads to trial in the coming weeks, Apple is planning to build its case by proving how Samsung deliberately knew they were copying the iPhone and iPad's design. In fact, Google had told Samsung that the Galaxy Tabs were "too similar" to the iPad and demanded a distinguishable design.
● 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."
Samsung on the other hand is hoping to build on the claim that Apple's lawsuit is anticompetitive and that the iPhone's UI was inspired by Sony.
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