If you haven’t yet heard of the seemingly endless Apple vs. Samsung design copying case, then you mustn’t have been paying attention through 2012. Essentially, Apple has claimed that Samsung’s range of Galaxy tablets have copied the design of Apple’s iPad, and so far, the case has landed the Cupertino giants a healthy $1.05 billion in compensation in the US.
However, it appears that the Dutch don’t love Apple quite as much as the Americans do, as the Dutch court ruling is that Samsung didn’t copy Apple’s iPad design. Apple appealed to courts around the world stating that it was the first company to build rectangular tablet with rounded sides, and that Samsung stole the design. Samsung, however, had this to say:
“We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples.”
As I’m sure you’re already aware, Apple is always in court fighting for several of its patents. In this instance, I have to admit that Samsung had the better ground of a petty argument. With such fundamental characteristics such as rounded edges and a rectangular shape, it seems clear that Apple doesn’t want any other company innovating upon the tablet industry.