Sat. Jun 19th, 2021

Copycat Accusations Phrased More Strongly and in More Detail

After the first complaint that Apple filed on April 15, 2011 against Samsung, Apple has now came up with one more detailed version of it where it has used some strong words and emphasized too. They amended their court documents to make the case more strong, by re-wording the whole of it. Judge still has to decide upon the decision of letting them check each other’s unreleased products.


While the iPhone was an instant success, there was nothing instant about the design process. Over the course of several years, Apple had teams of people working on developing each aspect of the design of the phone itself — the shape of the phone, the materials used, and the size and placement of the mask that frames the screen — as well as the Multi-Touch user interface, to make a product that looked and felt entirely different from prior phones on the market. The end result was a very clean shape for the phone, with an entirely flat glass panel for the front, gently rounded corners and integrated casing, and intuitive touch features.

The amended complaint also stresses the uniqueness of all of this:

Before Apple’s introduction of the first iPhone product, no other company was offering a phone with these features. Prior mobile phones were often bulkier and contained physical keypads. Some had a rocker-style navigation button and sets of buttons for numbers and calling features. Others had a front panel with a partial or full QWERTY keyboard and a screen. None had the clean lines of the iPhone, which immediately caused it to stand apart from the competition.

Apple also pointed to the value of its brand by quoting out the time when Apple topped the BrandZ Top 100 ranking of the most valuable global brands, with an 84 percent year-over-year increase in brand value., on May 8, 2011.  The complaint specifies the accused products now as: the Samsung Captivate, Continuum, Vibrant, Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Indulge, Mesmerize, Showcase, Fascinate, Nexus S, Gem, Transform, Intercept, and Acclaim smart phones and the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet, with the addition of the Droid Charge, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S (i9000), Gravity, Infuse 4G, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, Sidekick, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Galaxy S II (aka Galaxy S 2), in the amendment.

According to me, Apple will have to decide on whether to request a preliminary injunction. On the other hand,  If the court appeared to give serious consideration to this measure, this would give shape to one more enormous battle on the field like the recent Apple v/s Nokia one.