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Apple to seize Samsung Galaxy prototypes over copyright dispute

Apple to seize Samsung Galaxy prototypes over copyright dispute

Apple has ramped up its legal action against Samsung over the alleged copying of its iPhone, as the US phone maker wins a court order to force the Korean giant to hand over prototypes of its Galaxy range of devices.

Last month, Cupertino filed a lawsuit in Sunny California against Samsung for ‘slavishly’ imitating the technology and design of the iPhone and iPad for its Galaxy branded smartphones and tablets, namely the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab slate.

Apple went as far as claiming that Samsung even ripped off the icons of its iDevices, due to the app launcher in Samsung’s bespoke Android UI, TouchWiz, resembling a ‘field of square shaped icons with rounded corners’ much like on iOS.

Samsung denies the allegations and has vowed to ‘actively’ defend its position. But it could have more a fight than it bargained for, with the news that a court has ruled in Apple’s favour and has ordered Big Sam to release all samples of its Galaxy hardware prototypes and designs to Apple’s legal team for verification of any copyright violation.

The devices being lined up for inspection include Galaxy S 2 and Infuse 4G smartphones and the 8.9 and 10.1-inch iterations of the Galaxy Tab tablet range.

Biting the hand that feeds

Samsung is currently one of Apple’s biggest suppliers of chips, including the A5 processor that powers the iPad 2 and is likely to feature iPhone 5.

However, while it’s obvious some elements of the Galaxy products have been clearly ‘inspired’ by Apple’s iOS efforts, Sammy is hardly the most guilty party in the sector, considering the number of iClones out there, including LG, which seems is running scot free despite a number of its handsets blatantly imitating the iPhone design.

Apple’s decision to go after Samsung now, after it’s already sold more than ten million units of the original Galaxy S handset, only smacks of a fearful and panicked company that’s finally met its equal.

If Samsung can acquit itself of any wrongdoing, it may finally knock Cupertino off its high horse.

Via: Cnet UK

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