Apple and Samsung both have patent lawsuits out against each other. A German Court has now dismissed these lawsuits.
The argument was over the ‘slide to unlock’ button. Samsung, Apple and Motorola Mobility have all been in a series of patent lawsuits against each other.
Many of these lawsuits have resulted in temporary bans on the product in one of a series of countries. Apple won a patent lawsuit against Motorola a month ago in Munich. For a time Samsung’s Galaxy Tablet was banned in Australia as a result of this.
Apple has accused Samsung of copying its design and infringing on their patents. I do agree with Apple in this case, the Samsung Galaxy Tab does look extremely similar to the iPad, just smaller in side. Even the on screen layout looks distinctly similar.
A good example of getting inspiration but not blatantly copying an idea is Mircosoft’s Windows 8. It is similar to the iPad and Galaxy Tab in shape but has a very different layout.