Apple is Samsung’s second-biggest client after Sony, having spent $5.7 billion on components last year. After learning that their key account would sue them to the bank for copying the design, user interface and technology of iOS gadgets, Samsung is threatening counter-actions, reports Yahoo! News
. A company spokesperson provided this statement:
Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property.
In other words, you can expect the South Korean giant to file a counter-lawsuit alleging that Apple copied the design, technology and user interface of the Galaxy series of smartphones and tablets. Actually, Samsung has a lot of ammunition and here’s why.
Samsung is involved in so many facets of manufacturing that go far beyond electronics. The conglomerate is huge. Focusing on electronics, Samsung manufactures everything from displays, NAND flash memory, processors and what not. This gives them a significant advantage in that their counter-lawsuit can spawn any or all of the above technologies. On the flip side, since they manufacture A4 and A5 chips, they did have Apple’s blueprints for those in advance so they were in a position to possibly copy some of Apple’s innovative chip design. Apple’s claim about the physical design has its merits, the Samsung Galaxy S II phone does look a lot like the iPhone.
“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,”
an Apple representative told Mobilized
The part of Apple’s claim mentioning the user interface is nonsense because Samsung’s phones and tablets run Android software, but Apple’s intention here was to indirectly force Android handset makers to re-consider their choice of operating system by suing the maker of arguably the most popular Android phones.