…When is it illegal to look at a competitor’s design and mimic it without actually copying it? Yes, Samsung’s ‘Galaxy’ and Apple’s iPhone look similar, but …there are enough subtle design differences to make Apple’s allegation somewhat trivial.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) August 23, 2012
According to George Leong, contributor to Profit Confidential, the market for smartphones and tablets is extremely competitive and fierce because there are hundreds of billions of dollars at stake. In California, there is a battle in the courtroom between Apple and Samsung, Leong notes; Apple is suing Samsung for $2.5 billion, because Apple claims the Samsung smartphones and tablets look and feel like the “iPhone” and “iPad.”
In the article “Heavyweight Bout—Apple vs. Samsung,” Leong investigates this battleground.
“…When is it illegal to look at a competitor’s design and mimic it without actually copying it?” asks Leong. “Yes, Samsung’s ‘Galaxy’ and Apple’s iPhone look similar, but …there are enough subtle design differences to make Apple’s allegation somewhat trivial.”
Leong claims that the Samsung “Galaxy III” has a larger screen than the iPhone.
“The icons look similar but so do the icons on other smartphones, such as those on the ‘BlackBerry,’ by Research In Motion,” argues Leong. In Leong’s opinion, when he looks the Galaxy III, the iPhone doesn’t even cross his mind.
Leong thinks that for Apple, it is a battle against its biggest rival, since RIM is essentially a non-player at this time.
“Apple is market leader in the booming tablet market,” says Leong. “The global market for tablets is estimated to rise to around $31.9 billion this year with over 100 million units delivered”
Leong believes that Apple knows this, which is why there is a court battle, as the company wants to hold onto its market-leader status.
“Samsung is the market leader and has a firm strangle-hold on the global smartphone market at around 44% versus 17% for upstart Apple,” reports Leong. “Apple is the market leader in the U.S. with a 31% share versus 24% for Samsung”
Leong concludes by arguing that the only reason why tablet market leader Apple is suing is that the company views Samsung as a real threat.
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