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Apple’s Lawyers: Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus is a Copycat Product

When will the madness come to an end? In a new plea to the courts, separate from the case happening down in San Jose between Samsung and Apple, Apple’s lawyers are looking for an appeals court to go through with the ban on the Galaxy Nexus. Apple states that the Galaxy Nexus was purely a “copycat product” in an attempt to steal smartphone market share. As you may re-call, Apple did win a previous injunction on the device, but thankfully Google was able to fix the unified search issue that was in question. 

Apple’s game plan will be to show that the Galaxy Nexus did indeed steal some share from the iPhone and caused millions of dollars in damages, but Samsung’s lawyers believe that will be very difficult, given the Galaxy Nexus’ “miniscule” sales numbers. According to Bloomberg, a trial is set to take place March 2014. It looks like we’ll be waiting a while for all of this to end.

Apple, where do you get off?

Via: CNET | Bloomberg

  • Isn’t competition supposed to steal sales away from each other? Isn’t that the whole point? So because some people bought a competitors pone then they are copying and need to be banned. Apple isn’t the only company in the world despite what they may think. I really hope that so many people are disappointed with the iPhone 5 and they take a hit to sales, but I know people will buy it just because of the logo and told it’s revolutionary.

  • Ed

    Apple is just jealous that Samsung has a superior product (with some help from Google) 😉

  • srsly? lol

    • SolipsisticPsychologist

      You couldn’t “seriously” be bothered to type the letters “e-i-o-u”, seriously? And I won’t even fully address the asinine irony of the fact undoubtedly, probably only 0.5% of people who post “LOL”, are indeed laughing out loud as they do so. Hell, most of the time, the matter at hand would make laughing out loud seem completely ludicrous. But hey, to each their own broken Engrish.

      • As you can see how long it took for me to reply that somewhere in the giving a fucks department someone managed to try to divide by zero. You apparently gave one too many, and disrupted the ecosystem. “Srsly” and seriously have about as much in common as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and iPhone has. Thanks, for taking the bait. You almost got away but it takes a smart fisherman to outsmart a smart fish.

  • master94

    Die Apple, the only real copy cat here is Apple. Cough xerox…

  • La2da

    So, wait. My Samsung and Google branded phone isn’t an iPhone? Shocker. I totally would have bought their tiny, boxy, limited P.O.S. of a phone if it weren’t for a better phone, sitting un-advertised in the darkest corner of every Verizon store (10 feet away from the 8 foot Apple display.) The only customers who areLa2da this stupid are the fake customers Apple lawyers create in their own heads.

  • satsmine2k4

    Sure GN is as much a copy of the iphone as much as the apple is a copy of an eatable apple…

  • Jroc869, Cool story bro

    Yup this is why people hate apple. I mean are they asking Stevie wonder for his opinion before they take it to the court system.

  • potacho

    If it’s a copycat, why does my friend who has an iPhone have no idea how to use my Nexus?

    • MicroNix

      Yeah I thought Android phones are so hard to use compared to the i*hone?

      There’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for these lawsuits:

      S a m s u n g > A p p l e

    • cb2000a

      Most iphone users have very little technical knowledge. But they must have great eyesight to see that tiny screen!

  • MattSweeden

    http://goo.gl/Oh9sf…. Yep look the same to me.

  • Frank Lorito

    Am so happy Google is suing Apple, I had enough of that garbage company.

  • thebruce44

    Sounds like they are just saying that Apple lost sales due to the software similarity case they already won. Its a clown argument, but I don’t think Apple is saying the Galaxy Nexus resembles the iPhone, or at least thats how I read this.

  • Alex

    Modified quote From the office “I can how mad Apple is by the Childish routine they choose to do. They just skipped screaming from their butts like Ace Ventura”

  • Nick V

    I feel the main issue is that Steve Jobs always dreamed of a device that had no visible buttons, was smooth and glossy, and zen like. And what happened??? Google made them eat it. If Apple ever tries to come out with a phone like that, they will be called the copycats.

    Eat It Apple!!!!

  • cgalyon

    I often wake up in a panic thinking I have an iPhone. Then the sleep clears from my eyes and I realize it’s a Galaxy Nexus. They just look so similar that it’s hard to know.

    • I think even a blind man could tell the difference between the two.
      I think Apple is becoming Charlie Sheen with every law suit that is filed.

  • nightscout13

    GNex is no where near the iPhone, both looks and UI. This phone was aimed at intermediate-advanced users, whereas the iPhone is aimed at beginner’s with it’s basic features. Apple is obviously clawing for straws like a drowning rat.

  • RW-1

    No physical home key, they’re jealous!

  • gcforreal

    this claim is proof that apple is realizing eventual defeat and dont know what to do ….i keep telling my ios buddies by the time iphone 5s or 6x or whatever the hell they wanna call it comes out …its gonna be a distant second or third to the top android devices AND ios will look like the android copy cat its becoming

  • possomcrast

    I would have expected nexus sales to be really big there’s a gigantic community.

    • Diablo81588

      Advertisements and salesmen sell phones, not blog and forum communities.

  • FelisLachesis

    My daughter has an iPhone 4S, I have a GNex. The screens are much different sizes, the colors don’t match. If I picked up her phone by accident, I would know immediately, solely on feel, that I have the wrong phone.

    Beyond the fact that they are both smart phones, there’s almost no physical similarities between our two phones. Sorry, Apple, you bit the wrong fruit here.

  • Prime7

    Why are you holding an iPhone in the picture for this article? Isn’t this a Droid site? 😉

    • possomcrast

      That’s a nexus.

      • FelisLachesis

        You missed the tags around his post.

        • FelisLachesis

          I never typed an ending tag…

      • Prime7

        Can’t tell the difference, bro! 😉

      • sc4fpse


      • streetlightman

        I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone fail as hard as that..

  • George264

    HOLD ON. HOLD ON. The trial is for 2014. Are you kidding me? GSIV will be out and 3 Nexus later. The iPhone 8 will be out. Really? REALLY? -sigh- Apple.

  • TraderFlorida

    Another article detailing more about the “copycat”. And no it does not have to do with the search function

    • where in the article does it say what software they copied other than unified search? they don’t know what the other patents are yet their posting an article around a feature that was changed. good job!

      • Droidzilla

        They didn’t copy unified search. It’s a natural and obvious evolution for search functionality. That would be like “copying” movable shelves on a refrigerator.

  • mustbepbs

    I’d be interested to see their case on the Galaxy Nexus now that the only feature remotely similar, unified search, is gone. For them to qualify it as a “copycat device”, there’d have to be a lot of similarities.

    No front buttons, much larger screen, icons don’t even remotely match, app drawer, LTE, NFC..I mean..come on. This is bogus.

  • Kizipotamus

    Wait, so you can sue a company who makes a competing product of yours because they got more marketshare than you? Why doesn’t Apple sue Microsoft, who holds more PC marketshare? And why doesn’t RIM sue Apple for holding more marketshare in smartphones?

  • DanWazz

    Wow. They’re just reaching now. Galaxy Nexus is nothing like the i*hone.

  • TraderFlorida

    the claim is on samsung’s similar design to the iPhone5 that’s coming out. Apple patented it forever ago and samsung took the designs and came out with their phone first. Apple only comes out with a new phone once per year to pace the marketing aspect and bring in the cash

    • maison

      is this comment a joke? no seriously – it is so hard to read sarcasm on the internet. When people are trolling they should hash tag it. #trolling. Samsung had access to the “new iPhone” design a year before it hit the shelves?

      • TraderFlorida

        you don’t copy from the shelves, you copy from the patented designs

        • Breezer23

          Umm, if they had released patent/design of the iPhone 5o do you think every website would be going nuts over every leaked photo that comes out?

  • There has never been a bigger BS claim. I would never touch an A##/& product.Differentiation is obvious to anyone who has ever picked up both phones from both manufacturers. But the ignorant jury won’t see it.

  • kevinc

    the claim is against unified search, something which has been in android forever, and in Windows long before the iPhone has been around

  • TraderFlorida

    omg idiots, compare the patents, not the actual phone itself. kthx

    • EW

      Word. There is some serious stupidity going on in the comments here.

      Here idiots, LMGTFY: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-20/samsung-sought-to-beat-iphone-with-galaxy-nexus-apple-says.html

      • except that’s not a nexus in the picture too bad that site couldn’t find a pic of a galaxy nexus next to a iphone(since none of those exist on the internet)

        • EW

          Read. the. words. in. the. article. don’t. just. look. at. the. pretty. pictures. slowone.

          • Informed

            What in the article makes Apple look anything less than a big crybaby? The judge is even annoyed with them and their mudslinging. Their case is complete garbage and they’re trying to prove that somehow Samsung, with one phone, has diminished a significant portion of their market share. Android is what is killing apple now… but they’re going after Samsung because Android has a lot more power in its corner. (Like Motorolla and it’s multiple patent lawsuits that they can unleash upon Apple).

          • SolipsisticPsychologist

            Your screen name is a good descriptor of the fetid garbage you post, ewwww indeed.

  • carlisimo

    Bizarre. I see it with the Galaxy S and S2, but not with this one.

  • chris125

    Gotta try something because apple knows they are in trouble

    • NemaCystX

      They know there ride is slowly coming to an end, a company can only get so big and feed off people’s idiocy for so long before it falls.

  • Tsabhira

    You can’t steal market share because you don’t ever truly own a market, even if you think you do.

    • Seth Crain

      Didn’t you hear? Apple owns a patent on having market share!

  • John Kappedahl-O’Brien

    it’s a copy because it comes in black or white 😛

    • George264

      And the white coming later. Lol I couldn’t resist.

  • S9779

    To bad we as consumers can not file a law suit against apple for inentanaly inhibiting growth in the smartphone market threw legal injunction. Or can we time for a class action law suit.

  • Icehunter

    I’ve had several i*hone owners comment on “how massive” my Nexus is compared to their toy-sized screen. Anyone who believes that the Galaxy Nexus is a copy of the i*hone is as big a schmutz as Apple.

  • emoney

    2014? the Gnex won’t even be for sale in 2014….this is soooooooooooooooo dumb

    • NemaCystX

      Some lawsuits are even pointless to even file if they take this long to go to trial. What is the point besides banning a product like they did with the already replaced Galaxy Tab 10.1 ? Samsung is like two steps ahead of Apple in that regard, not to mention better designs than that minuscule iCrap

      • Dain Laguna

        To be fair the ioad is massively better than the original gtab…but any attack on a nexus device is stupid. What if samsung wasnt chosen to make this gen of nexus? I bet this lawsuit wouldnt even be happening.

  • More or less likely than their original story “Inspired by Nature”.

  • Justin Everett

    So if a phone comes out that causes Apple to lose sales, then it’s a copycat device?
    Maybe it’s just me but even from a design standpoint, there isn’t very many similarities between the GNex and an iphone.

    • Drew

      You know what they say over at Apple: If you can’t beat em, sue em.

      • WickedToby741

        I don’t think that’s quite how it goes. I think it’s more like “Don’t even try to beat them when it’s easier to rest on your laurels and sue!” Let’s be honest, with the cash Apple has stashed away, they’re perfectly capable of doing what’s necessary to “beat ’em,” which is why it’s even more depressing that they’d rather not and litigate instead. Innovation is good, litigation is bad.

        • Nicholassss

          The worst part is, great phone or not, lets be real, the galaxy nexus isnt exactly a strong seller outside of the people using this site.

          apple is crazy.

          • Droidzilla

            Their strategy is to go after the GNex because it’s stock Android. If they can get a ban on the GNex, it sets a precedent, and that opens the door to getting all Android phones banned. This really does need to be Google’s line in the sand.

          • Nicholassss

            I hadnt even thought about it that way.

    • Jon Gee

      Oh there are similarities. It’s a phone, has a touch screen, you can play Angry Birds on it. It’s rectangular… sounds like they copied Apple to me.

      • WickedToby741



        • MikeKorby

          I love the argument over universal search. The fact that the OS is built by GOOGLE (the search engine giant) implies that by all logical means, the phone should have search everywhere they can fit it.

        • BroRob

          U mad Bro?

      • Douglas Futrell

        haha, hardly something that will hold water in court. I found this humerous.

        • DeathfireD

          Yet that’s exactly what Apple has been winning with over seas or at least causing trouble with. It definitely holds water in court because these are patents. Instead of licensing the features Apple sues. They feel they’ll make more money suing and selling their phone’s without competition than they would off of licensing agreements like Microsoft does.

    • I guess Windows phones have nothing to worry about. >.>

      • WickedToby741

        They don’t. Apple a Microsoft signed a cross licensing deal. It’s what Google and Apple need to do but don’t hold your breath.

        • blix247

          Google doesn’t have enough patents to be a threat, so no cross licensing deal will occur with Google. Samsung and Apple will cross license, along with HTC, Sony and LG. Any smaller Android players will be squeezed out of the market, or driven out of business if they become a threat. Everybody except for the customer and small businesses wins.

    • GLEN

      Why is this allowed to continue? Car makers could cripple the entire court system suing over similar components: doors, wheels, seats windows, trunks, lights, etc. What is more important is the entire system and how companies differentiate how they combine these common components to create the best user experience. Imagine all cars with different polygons for wheels because one maker thought to copyright “round” wheels.

      • WickedToby741

        Automakers understand the harm done by patents like that. It struggles the whole industry. Automakers have long learned to take inspiration from competitors and drive the industry forward by building upon the achievements of others and raising the bar.

      • I’ve been saying this exact same thing since this started…the mercedes cl class…the vw cc…the hyundai sonata…all look alike…easily mistaken on a quick glance

      • Jarrett Guma

        Exactly what I’ve been saying. It’s like as if Apple was suing cars over having a Gas Indicator, or a blinker, or having a round steering wheel, or being red. It doesn’t make sense! How can they be allowed to get away with this?? And it infuriates me cause they are now the biggest company ever because of this crap, and people just eat it up

    • Isn’t any device from a competitor designed to take sales away, thats kind of the point

  • Michael D’Angelis

    As far as the difference between all smartphones go, the Galaxy Nexus is completely different from the iPhone.

    “In an attempt to steal smartphone market share”

    What other reason do companies develop smartphones for, like any other product?

    • Good question. Ask Microsoft…

      • JustTrollin69

        lmao touchè

  • Legal American

    Isn’t “stealing market share” a fancy term for winning the competition? That’s the whole point of business. If your customers are buying a different device and that bothers you, MAKE A BETTER PRODUCT!

    • Arguably, Apple was at least winning that war. Let’s face it, the GNex has always appealed to the alpha geek — it wasn’t hard for Apple to blow past in that area. We’ll see how the GS3 does, but it’s likely safe to assume it’ll fare better than the GNex has.

  • Apple is being stupid now. They’re using their lamest cards to pull off what they want. They have already realized that they lost the race since ’11 with the Galaxy S 2 launch. How can they accuse the Nexus being ANYTHING alike the 4S? It just blows my mind.

    Plus, they’re just scared. And they know that any Samsung device right now is infinitely better than any of their products.

    • NemaCystX

      and better looking. When each iPhone comes out they look alike, nothing new or good looking, same dull design each generation with small cosmetic changes

  • blakjakdavy

    Who’s going to buy a gnex in 2014!? What good will a sales ban do!?

  • anon

    “Apple’s game plan will be to show that the Galaxy Nexus did indeed steal
    some share from the iPhone and caused millions of dollars in damages”

    Uh, that’s called competition. More proof Apple is just a bunch of butthurt ENTITLEMENT cry babies. Sony really needs to step in and start suing apple for design theft.

  • DroidUnstoppable

    Really? A copycat device? This phone is so far from that. It’s so much better!

    • Butters619

      And it has no buttons on the front! And curved glass! And LTE!

      …jesus Apple…

      • Guest

        Yeah, it seems that Galaxy Nexus is not at all a good candidate to pick on. Galaxy Nexus is as far from copy-cat as Samsung gets!

        • michael arazan

          Like Google would ever commission a phone from a manufacturer that would be similar to some rotten apple

          • Elliot Kotis

            Agreed, I don’t understand, why would google want to copy APPLE!

    • teleclimber

      No kidding! Just show them the slide-down notification shade and see who’s copying who!

      • MicroNix

        I so can’t wait for Google’s patent on that to go through. Worldwide BAN on Apple products!! “Its trade dress”

        • kevin

          Wait so google is actually gonna patent that? thank god…or are you speaking hypothetically?

          • WickedToby741

            The patent is processing. It was filled years ago too, so less likelihood of prior art.

          • Johnson

            Prior art as thr first iPhone had today’s lvl of notification via various jailbreak apps. . Before the g1. Would it still work??

          • no…google filed for the pulldown notification bar and everything that goes in it and its functionality. apple didnt know that because they thought because android was all open source they were leaving it all alone…but google did it…

          • MikeKorby

            Google applied for the patent, it is still pending approval at this time. Unfortunately, unless you’re Apple, patents can take years to process.

        • tonysam1

          Google is too good of a company to attack another company for a software patent. Apple on the other hand….

          • Ryo Cook

            I hope not. I WANT Google to fight back. Enough is enough and apple needs to learn something…

          • Droosh

            Just wait. Google is forced to attack or else Apple will feel enabled to continue their behavior.

            You must stand up to them. Just like any school yard bully.

        • michael arazan

          Karma is a bitch and has a sneaky way of coming back to bite you on the ass, and I’d hate to have apple’s ass.

    • shermandy

      A quote from The Social Network popped into my head when I read this article:

      “If Apple want to stand on Samsung’s shoulders and call themselves tall, they have a right to give it a try. But Samsung is doing things that Apple is intellectually and creatively incapable of doing. Did I adequately answer you condescending question?”

    • Yes, a phone with a huge screen, curved glass, and no physical buttons is a copycat of a phone with a tiny screen, flat glass on the front and back, and a physical button. That makes sense.

    • duke69111

      I’ll bet it’s because it’s WHITE. I’ll have to check with the patent department….

    • Kheir Francis

      comparing a nexus and a iphone in this case is like comparing beyonce to susan boyle, “where are the similarities”

  • Gary Graf

    Umm what? They look nothing alike.

  • The curved plastic, the curved edge glass screen, the on-screen navigation buttons, and the stock Android software could clearly be believed to be a 4S.

    • capecodcarl

      Don’t forget the unlocked bootloader, 4G LTE, 4.65″ screen, etc. I can’t tell a Galaxy Nexus and an iPhone apart.

    • Flyinion

      Don’t forget that the 33% larger screen size definitely could make someone think it was a little dinky Apple phone.

      • MicroNix

        Size does matter

    • MikeKorby

      And the removable battery, which serves as the NFC radio. And the universal micro USB charging port, along with the POGO dock on the side. Boy was my face red when I accidentally put my friend’s iPhone battery in my Nexus! I guess that’s the problem with removable parts.

  • Nobody will give any fucks about the Galaxy Nexus in 2014.

    • shecalledmejay

      thats because we will have another great Nexus to be worried about

  • jathak

    This is ridiculous. I agree that Samsung definitely copied Apple to some extent with the original Galaxy S, and even a little with the S 2 and 3.

    But if the Galaxy Nexus copied the iPhone, than the iPhone copied Windows Mobile

  • Holy hell. Apple, have you no shame? The GNex is NOTHING like your piece of sh*t phone.


  • Capt. Crunch

    Seriously Apple?!?!