Apple: Samsung are "slavishly copying" our products

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Apple have responded to the court order which meant that Samsung were to be allowed access to Apple products in order to check for instances of patent infringement. As you’d expect, Apple were none too pleased, and refused to show Samsung prototypes and designs for the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, stating Samsungs push was merely an “attempt to harass”.

Apple have responded with a counter-filling of their own. A short excerpt reads:

“Samsung’s Motion to Compel is an improper attempt to harass Apple by demanding production of extremely sensitive trade secrets that have no relevance to Apple’s likelihood of success on its infringement claims or to a preliminary injunction motion.

“Apple made a compelling showing in its motion to expedite discovery that Apple needs samples of products that Samsung has already announced, distributed, and described, so that Apple can evaluate whether to file a preliminary injunction motion against those products, which look strikingly similar to the distinctive trade dress of Apple’s current products. Samsung has made no such showing about Apple’s future products. Therefore, Samsung’s Motion to Compel should be denied.”

Apple take it all one step further however, coming straight out with it and claiming that Samsung are blatently ripping off their products, even quoting technology experts and reviewers for instances where the two company’s products are compared.

“Many of the changes are designed to portray Samsung’s alleged infringement as an incredibly outrageous act of copying. The original complaint already accused Samsung of “slavishly copying” Apple’s designs. The amended one stresses that Samsung “has been even bolder” than other competitors emulating Apple’s products and has created “products that blatantly imitate the appearance of Apple’s products to capitalize on Apple’s success.”

However, with Samsung one of the main suppliers of the iPad and iPhone’s A4 and A5 chips, as well as their LCD displays and flash memory, an out of court settlement is now expected to follow shortly.

Via: iPhone Hacks

Gerald Lynch