The Copycat Trial: Apple and Samsung

What do you think? Do these two devices look incredibly alike?

Samsung Galaxy


VS.
Apple iPhone

 

Yesterday, Friday August 24th, Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in the patent case against Samsung.

Last year Apple sued Samsung for intellectual property infringement, copying its iPad and iPhone seeking more than $2 billion. Samsung responded with a countersuit seeking $399 million.

Apple claimed Samsung stole key features of its iPhone and iPad — including the familiar look, with glass screen and rounded corners, and performance features

Stellar Blue’s Project & Marketing Strategist, Christine Dickert, personally owns a white Samsung Galaxy SII, the closest looking mobile device to the iPhone and agrees that Apple has a good argument.

“Everyone always asks ‘Is that an iPhone?’ because the designs are very similar,” Christine said.

And the verdict belongs to Apple, with the jury rejecting all Samsung’s claim against Apple. In addition to the money, Apple also demanded that Samsung pulls its most popular cellphones and computer tablets from the U.S. market. A judge is expected to make that ruling at a later time.

An appeal is expected of Samsung.

Samsung conceded that Apple makes great products but said it doesn’t have a monopoly on the design of rectangle phones with rounded corners that it claimed it created. A smartphone is a smartphone.

However, Apple argues credibility.

“Samsung’s designs are so similar to the Apple designs that they are likely to cause Apple’s designs to be viewed as less unique in the marketplace,” said attorney Harold McElhinny during Apple’s closing argument to the jurors.

What do you think? Do you agree with the decision?

For more info Check out Apple vs. Samsung video clip on ABC

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