Dirty: Apple Caught ‘Shopping Evidence Against Samsung


You might be aware of Apple’s lawsuit against Android device maker Samsung (SEO:005930), which claims that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is just a little too similar to Apple’s iPad 2. (If you weren’t, that’s the skinny.)

This week, Webwereld.nl, the Dutch counterpart to Computerworld, was poking around in Apple’s case files and noticed something… wonky. An “exhibit” supplied by Apple comparing the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 wasn’t quite right. See, a big point in Apple’s infringement case is that the Galaxy Tab is “practically identical” to the iPad 2–a patented design. But the Galaxy Tab has a noticeably different aspect ratio–except in Apple’s submitted evidence.


The Galaxy Tab was stretched via Photoshop or some image editor to look like it had the same dimensions as the iPad 2. The Galaxy Tab was reduced from a 1.46 aspect ratio (for the tablet, no [sic] the display) down to a more iPad-like 1.36.  The iPad has an aspect ratio of 1.30.

Based on Apple’s case, Samsung has been prohibited from distributing the Galaxy Tab in Australia and the European Union. But the discovery of this obvious tampering will seriously impair Apple’s case, says EU lawyer Arnout Groen with the Dutch firm Klos Morel Vos & Schaap:

 “This is a blunder. That such a ‘mistake’ is made in a case about design rights can scarcely be a coincidence. … The aspect ratio of the alleged Galaxy Tab is clearly distorted to match the iPad more closely. Inasmuch as this faux pas will have consequences for the case is of course up to the judge. But at least a reprimand by the German judge seems to be in order.”

Samsung will appeal the European Union ban in court on August 25. Whether or not Apple’s infringement case will stand has yet to be determined.



5 Responses to Dirty: Apple Caught ‘Shopping Evidence Against Samsung

  1. Apple is really showing the evil face that's hiding behind their glossy designer image. With tricks like this, the very global comparisons and now the request that ALL Samsung products be banned in Europe (not just the Galaxy tab, but also the Galaxy, Galaxy S2, etc.).

    It's time for their bubble to burst!

  2. According to BBC news the decision was made by the judge based on a physical examination of the two devices so while the alteration may have been out of order (although something that someone who forgot to press shift in word can have managed by mistake) and I suspect probably a little dodgey the judge obviously felt that the case stood on it's own merits.

  3. Sooo, no one is allowed to make anything with the same aspect ratio as Apple products? Do they have a patent on it? Fcking ridiculous, and exactly why Apple has never gotten a penny from me.

  4. Apple will never get my dollars, because they are the very opposite of good. Crap like this just proves it. They'll use any misinformation to get control.

  5. Ford is suing Chevrolet, and asking that the judge ban the sale of all Chevrolet products in the United States based on the fact that suprisingly, Chevrolet products have -exactly- the same number of wheels as Ford products. Incredible!

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