Samsung Ripped Off iPhone, iPad: Apple Suit

Apple alleges competitor 'blatantly' copied iPhone, iPad
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2011 10:03 AM CDT
Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S, left, and Apple's iPhone 4 are displayed at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(Newser) – Samsung's Galaxy smartphone bears more than a passing resemblance to the iPhone, says Apple, and Steve Jobs and Co are slapping its rival with a lawsuit that claims "slavish" and "blatant copying" on Samsung's part. In addition, the Apple lawsuit alleges the Galaxy tablet is a little too similar to the iPad, the Wall Street Journal reports. The lawsuit, filed Friday, accuses Samsung of "Apple's technology, user interface, and innovative style."

The lawsuit is the latest salvo in the battle for dominance in the market, as Apple finds itself losing sales to rival phones, including Samsung, that run on Google's Android operating system. "It's another arrow in their [Apple's] quiver to slow down their closest competitor," says an analyst, who expects the companies will settle. Even so, "in the world of big-time lawsuits, this must be just about the biggest," writes Vlad Savov on Engadget.

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