Not so fast Samsung. Before you go celebrating another successful quarter of Galaxy S smartphone sales you might want to take a gander and the lawsuit brewing from Cupertino. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has sued Samsung for allegedly copying “the look and feel” of its iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone. With the strong resemblance between the Galaxy S 4G and the previous generation iPhone 3GS, there’s certainly merit for the claim.
An intellectual property infringement claim is no laughing matter, even more so when it potentially affects the sale of millions of Android smartphones. A lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California last Friday seeks injunctions against Samsung, damages and a finding that the infringement was willful. The claim reads as follows:
“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”
In 2010 Samsung sold more than 10 million Galaxy S smartphones. With two fresh new tablets, plus the original seven inch model still in the pipeline, this lawsuit could change the face of Android. After taking a look at the diagram above and taking into account the timeline of phone and tablet releases, let us know whether you think Samsung should be worried about the lawsuit. Sound off.