Samsung Was Warned By Google To Not Copy Apple’s Design

The ongoing patent infringement battle between Cupertino-based Apple and Korean born Samsung is about to come to a full swing next week when the official trial starts in which a judge will attempt to determine who exactly has infringed upon who and what the punishment will be. Apple is heading into the case in confident and jubilant mood thanks to recent judgments ruling that Samsung can’t sell specific devices in the United States, but it is worth remembering that this isn’t a small case with Apple looking forward to claim $2.5 billion in damages from the world’s current leading smartphone vendor.

We won’t truly know what the legal teams of each company will have in store for the trial until it actually begins, but we have already seen some information pulled directly from legal documents that they have submitted for review. While Samsung is reportedly planning on claiming that they had products with a similar design in development way before the iPhone was even released in 2007, Apple is looking to go on the immediate offensive approach and producing evidence that Google and other leading technology companies explicitly warned Samsung that copying the design of certain Apple products would not be a good idea.

If the claims by Apple are true then it would seem to negate Samsung’s claims that they had already designed and developed their products before the iPhone came into existence. Some of the more interesting and condemning points which Apple plans to make during the trial is that the search engine giant Google had told Samsung executives that their Galaxy Tab and Tab 10.1 devices were playing it extremely close to the bone and were too similar to the iPad. This reportedly happened at the beginning of 2010 in February.

Apple is also planning on using comments made by Samsung’s own internal departments in which they claim they produced a damning verdict on their own products by saying it was rather unfortunate that the Galaxy S looked similar to the older generation iPhone devices. Obviously all of this information will need to be taken with a pinch of salt until we see it being presented in full context, and Samsung have had a chance to counter argue, but when presented alongside the claim that Samsung also destroyed email evidence that would have formed part of the trial, it represents a strong case for Apple.

(via AllThingsD)

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