Apple Inc. argues that Samsung has breached several patents related to its iconic design and user software. In an opening statement, Apple attorney Elhinny stated that, “it’s easier to copy than to innovate.” Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1, both unveiled in 2011, drew stark resemblance to the “ornamental design” of Apple’s popular iPhone and iPad devices. Furthermore, the Galaxy devices function similar to that of the iPhone with the “rubberbanding”, “slide to unlock” and “tap to zoom” capabilities. An injunction was placed this June by Judge Koh on the sale of Galaxy Nexus and Tab 10.1 but Samsung has made its way to appeal it.
The South Korean titan bites back, countersuing Apple for infringing its patent on the 3g data technology. Samsung attorneys also denounce the aesthetics of the iPhone and iPad as novel. New evidence shows that Sony had acquired the idea of a slab-like touchscreen phone long before Apple launched the iPhone in 2007. Unfortunately, these findings were denied in court. Samsung’s attorneys have since then questioned the impartiality of Judge Koh.
The stakes are nonetheless high for both companies and it may affect the consumer electronics industry as a whole. Apple is seeking up to $2.5 billion dollars for damages while Samsung is expecting to reap 2.4% in royalties for each device sold.