Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber discovered today (via Jeremy Philippe) that Samsung (the non-copycats) had been using a maps interface that was an “ever-so-slightly modified rip-off” of the Maps application on Apple’s iPhone for a promotional image of the Galaxy Player 50 on its website. Quickly, it was revealed that interface shown on the device is actually an exact copy of an iPhone screenshot from a blog post by Laura Scott on BlogHer in 2008 (stay classy, Samsung). Samsung’s Galaxy Player is supposed to be a response to Apple’s successful iPod touch.
Currently, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was reported that Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.
The reason for the borrowed image is not clear, but a lack of placeholder image is believed to be the cause. Whatever the reason maybe, this is ludicrous because Apple is currently accusing Samsung of copying the design of its iPhone and iPad on its own products. It doesn’t help Samsung in anyway that’s for sure!
Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung agreed to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court. The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple rejected that offer from Samsung.
It was reported that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. For laughs, Reuters revealed that asked by a judge in a California courtroom to tell the difference between a Samsung Galaxy Tab and an Apple iPad held side-by-side 10 feet away, an attorney for Samsung couldn’t do it (*chuckles*). In addition, yesterday, it was reported that Apple had told Samsung that it owns a thicket of patents,but it will only license lower level patentsto competing companies.
But wait! It doesn’t stop there. Today, it was reported that Samsung had filed preliminary injunctions in the Tokyo District Court and in the New South Wales Registry in an effort to stop sales of the newly launched iPhone 4S. Samsung has also included the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2.
It seems that these lawsuits have more twists than daily soap operas.