Apple’s Argument with Samsung in One Image

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An image from Apple’s court battle with Samsung has surfaced that succinctly boils the company’s argument with its Korean competitor down to one, easily digestible message. To wit:

Apple Samsung Summary

Apple Court Document Summarizing Its Complaint Against Samsung

The image was found by AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski, and it has quickly spread across the Internet. Apple’s fans are largely viewing it as a Ha!-that’s-what-we’ve-been-saying kind of thing, while Apple haters have largely disparaged it some kind of proof that Apple hasn’t done anything at all and the patent wars stifle innovation.

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John Molloy

I have also seem the argument “But Android was around 2 years before the iPhone.” Unfortunately the Android that existed then was a RIMM clone.

Ross Edwards

The version of this meme for tablets before and after iPad is no less telling.


I like how the Samsung after 2007 is only the Galaxy S. Nevermind that Samsung had versions with physical keyboards, different sized screens.

No… Your single issue is that Samsung doesn’t make a candy bar phone with a keyboard under the screen any more…

Bryan Chaffin

Daemon, Apple isn’t accusing Samsung of copying its designs with the phones you mention and they are therefore irrelevant to what Apple is complaining about.



It is relevant. It destroys the arguement that Samsung is just copying Apple.

Bryan Chaffin

I can’t find a way to understand that assertion, daemon.

That Samsung makes some phones that don’t copy Apple in no way destroys the argument that Samsung makes some phones that do copy Apple.

The two assertions can both exist in the same universe.

And do.



The statement is that all of Samsung’s smart phones after the iPhone are copies of the iPhone.

That statement is what is false.

Bryan Chaffin

Daemon, If someone made that statement, that someone would indeed be wrong. I’m not aware of anyone making such an argument.

Simply Truth

Yes, there are several similarities between the two phones. They are in a rhombus like shape, with rounded edges. However, so are many other appliance and electronic products. They both have a ear speaker at the top. Where else, exactly, should the ear speaker go? The bottom? Speaking of the bottom, both phones have a physical button at the bottom end of the phone. However, with the aforementioned ear speaker at the top, that only leaves 3 other sides to put a physical button, if it is to be on the front of the phone. Surely Apple didn’t patent the use of front facing buttons, did they? Or is it the coloring of the phones that infringes the patent? Because using black is so revolutionary.
No, the only thing Apple can truly state is that they revolutionized the way people view smart phones by really driving touch screens to a useful reality. However, the fact that other companies such as Samsung afterward use the touch screen method for their smart phones, and use general (not worthy of patent) design methods for their phones (speakers where the ear naturally will go, a very basic coloring scheme, placing a button on one of three available locations, and rounded and therefore not physically threatening edges for the user), is not grounds for Apple to attempt to suck money and reputation from a legitimate product and company. Apple just wants to claim the world of touch-screen smart phones for themselves, and attempting to win this case is their way of making a statement to the world that they are naive enough to believe they deserve it.
Also interesting to note is that in the first phone shown in the image for Samsung after the iPhone’s release, they “conveniently” display the phone with its app drawer open, and not with its home screen. Having the app drawer open helps give the appearance of a direct copy because of how the apps are organized, and yet anyone who knows anything about Android smartphones at all knows that having the app drawer is a major difference between the two OSes. Each subsequent image gives the impression of a slow departure from the app layout of the iOS, and yet, since its inception, Android has had the app drawer and differentiated itself from iOS in that regard. Apple is playing a deceptive game to attempt to win this argument, but any logical and answer-seeking person can understand that while there are similarities, they aren’t wrongful similarities, just ones that are basic and/or necessary for the type of product delivered: a touch screen smartphone that is both plainly logical and useful for the client, while still delivering key differences.

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