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[Upd] Apple Revises Lawsuit Against Samsung; Gets Nastier; Doubles Offending Devices

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    *[Updated:] Another report came in today regarding the Apple vs. Samsung hearing we reported on yesterday. Here's a direct quote from the FierceWireless article,
    It's great to see the Judge trying to get cooler heads to prevail. It'll be interesting to see if the two companies can really hash things out away from the courtroom.


    The drama of Apple vs. Samsung just got a bit nastier from Apple. The company recently revised their lawsuit, and pretty much doubled the number of devices and patents they claim have been infringed by Samsung. Their amended lawsuit has an even harsher tone than their last one, stating that Samsung produced "products that blatantly imitate the appearance of Apple's products to capitalize on Apple's success." The devices now named in the lawsuit have gone from 14 to 28, and include the Samsung DROID Charge, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S, Gravity, Infuse 4G, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, Sidekick, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Galaxy S II & others. Furthermore, Apple now claims that Samsung violated 8 utility patents, (increased from 5), and 5 design patents, (increased from 3).

    On Friday, Samsung was scheduled to turn over some of the devices named in the suit, including the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 among others. There is still no word yet on whether the judge has ruled on Samsung's counter-suit, requesting that they have access to future Apple products like the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. It seems that Apple, rather than backing down from Samsung, has instead decided to fight even harder. As always, we will keep you informed of any new developments.

    Source: Android.net via PhoneArena
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2011
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    I will say that many smartphones seem to try and imitate iPhones and I want to tell all of those manufactures to knock it off, be original and create their own unique design(s). If I want a phone that looks like an iPhone I'll buy an iPhone, but I'd rather have something that stands out on it's own. Look at how many car manufactures seem to make their cars look like other cars with only slight differences; sometimes it's hard to tell what type of car it is without seeing the emblem. Yet when you see a sports car or just a car with a unique design it catches your eye and you can usually tell right away what type of car it is. I'm tired of this cookie-cutter design b.s. As far as Apple goes they're just being the bully of the playground which is one more reason I avoid buying Apple products.
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    Apple is suing itself?! I knew they were sue crazy but wow! :icon_ banana:
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    I am quite sure that apple is not suing apple. Just saying. dancedroid

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    Just corrected the title. Should be correct now.
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    So true.
    They recently "borrowed" from other manufactures for ios5.
    Drop down notification: Android
    Text: BB
    Instant camera: Windows.

    If you're going to sue someone for stealing ideas from you, then don't steal from others. It's a bit hypicritical.

    And when they wanted to see another manufactures future phones but won't show theres... ah come on!

    Sorry if that sounds so anti-apple and negative, but it just gets to me when adults act like 2 year olds. Mine, :icon_ cry:mine, :icon_ cry:mine:icon_ cry: . And that applies to every company. I can understand if they do steal from them, if you make something that's yours, and you're not stealing from others, then that's different.
    But play fair.

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    If the other companies suspect Apple is stealing their patents, they can file lawsuits. This is the corporate world. It's not a nice place. At all.
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    Thanks for the catch

    I just wanted to thank you for catching the typo in my title. That was a real brainfart! Doh!
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    Nada problem. ;)
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    So Much Craziness . . Sheesh . . . dancedroid
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    Has anyone looked at the extra phone mentioned in the lawsuit?

    More with stock Android, phone with physical keyboards, Black berry like phones...at first I thougt it was Apple being pissed about the Galaxy S looking like an iPhone...so whats up with these new phones added....Apple might as well add the F700 in there to while they're at it...

    I think one phone doesnt even have Android on it and has a physical keyboard..yea really...

    And the phones with physical keyboards are included for hardware complaints from Apple.

    The stock Android messaging icon is mentioned. So far I think thats the only icon Apple is upset about with stock Android. So they can try to sue for 1 icon?

    When did this go from a look n feel, trade dress lawsuit to this from Apple? Apple mad about Samsung wanting to see upcoming devices? IMO Samsung just wanted to head off any more copying claims. I guess Apple didnt take too kindly to that.

    Apple needs to stop bsing around and just come out and sue Google for Android.
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    Keep in mind, patent infringement lawsuits don't necessarily have to include things that have actually been produced. If a company has an intellectual or physical patent on something, even if never produced, they hold the rights to it. That's why there are so make companies that employ teams that basically sit back and come up with patent ideas constantly.
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    This is just ridiculous. They can design their products to look whatever way they want.

    I hope they are suing HTC for the Thunderbolt as well, since it looks pretty much exactly like the iPhone 3G
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    This is childish.... half the phones don't look like the i****.... they want the phones so they can in return steal Samsung's stuff and try to make the iPhone win again.
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    I may be wrong and so I apologize but didn't Samsung use the design before Apple? If that is the case then Apple needs to chill. However if I am wrong and Apple came first then I would agree with Apple that Samsung should come up with their own designs. I don't like the idea of everyone using the same hardware, at least try to stand out. I can understand some similarities, especially if it is a truly good design but don't 95% copy the design.

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    Without being privy to all of the details, I would consider it rather presumptuous to call this foolish or childish. Corporations don't let their attorneys stay employed long if they recommend or support frivolous lawsuits such as these patent cases if they are all without merit.
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    this is just my opinion
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    Sorry, didn't mean to sound like I was attacking you or your point of view.
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    Actually I think its the Touchwiz they are worried about. Only some of Samsungs hardware actually is similar (I'm looking at least at the Droid Charge, the last phone it reminds me of is the iPhone), but its the Touchwiz UI that really mocks the iPhone. The shape of the icons, the colorful style, the sideways swiping app drawer, etc... I agree I think Apple added some of the other ones just to spite, but I agree, if they are going this far, why not include every single other phone that is anywhere remotely close to what an iPhone is or does?

    anyone remember back when another company had the trademarked name "iPhone" and Apple stole it anyway?
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    Apple is being ridiculously hypocritical. Remember the record company apple? And their logo? Apple stole that, along with iOS 5 being a BB, Android, and Windows imitation. Also, every samsung phone I've ever seen has looked nothing like the iphone. Apple is being a big bully. I dislike them even more >xD!

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