When the legal battle between Apple and Samsung begun to heat up, Samsung demanded to see Apple’s future designs for the iPhone and iPad. Apple accused Samsung of copying the iPhone and iPad for the Samsung Galaxy S line of smartphones and tablets, instead of being original and innovative. Samsung in turn demanded to see Apple’s future designs and plans for the iPad and iPhone to see if their designs are similar. The request is almost hilarious.
Apple had already accused Samsung of failing to innovate, and Samsung’s next move was to demand to see future designs? The funny thing is that just a few months ago, after the iPad 2 was announced, Samsung admitted that its own tablets had shortcomings and were inadequate compared to the iOS tablet. One would think that the demand to see Apple’s plans, and to veil them as legal safeguards, seems desperate. Moreover, the iPhone maker said that Samsung didn’t need to see future plans for the iPhone or iPad because Apple wasn’t being accused of copying Samsung.
Additional documents of the legal proceedings were discovered and Apple was shown to have accused Samsung of harassment, and refers to the Korean manufacturer as “the copyist.” Harsh words, but if you look at the design of smartphones before and after the iPhone, it’s very evident that it’s been a copycat game where everyone has been trying to emulate the iPhone, or at least take several of its design cues from it.
“I agree with Apple that Samsung’s requests go way beyond what Apple asked for,” [Florian] Mueller offered in his analysis of the latest filings. “I also have a feeling that the court is not going to grant Samsung’s requests — there doesn’t seem to be sufficient cause. But at this stage let’s not speculate too much.”
At this point, the Cupertino-based company seems to have a much stronger case against the Galaxy S maker, so we’ll have to wait and see what the judges say regarding this matter.