Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th May 2011 17:23 UTC, submitted by John
Legal In order to not overwhelm OSNews with even more legal news, I didn't report on the recent developments in Apple v. Samsung until we had some more stuff to consolidate. Well, since the goings been getting good lately there, let's talk about it. Samsung was ordered to hand over a slew of unreleased products and materials to Apple, and now, Samsung, for its part, has demanded that Apple hands over the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 to Samsung. If they exist. This is gettin' good.
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Look and feel
by Moredhas on Sun 29th May 2011 22:21 UTC
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In all fairness, when the Galaxy S came out, it really did look a whole lot like the iPhone 3G and 3GS. There are reasonable crounds for thinking Samsung have copied Apple's previously released products, and the icons used on the Galaxy s (at least before it's first firmware update, I think there have been subtle changes since then) did look a lot like the iPhone's; although there isn't really much to work with, in that amount of space.

Other manufacturors have made devices with large glass touchscreens and few visible buttons, though, and it's more a matter of style and fashion than Apple's obscure concept of "trade dress" or whatever they're calling it. Given the imminent release of the Galaxy S II and the inevitable announcement of another iteration of the iPhone at the WWDC next month, this lawsuit's purpose is painfully clear to me. Apple aren't seeking to have Samsung's device barred from the market FOR EVAR, nor are they really after some obscene cash payout (but hey, reach for the stars, right?). What they really want is a brief stay on Samsung being able to ship the S II until after the iPhone iteration has been in the market for about a month. The Galaxy S, after it picked up momentum, made a huge impact in Apple's iPhone sales due to the poor stock levels and only just beating it to the market, and I think Apple are keen to avoid a repeat.

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