You know that feeling you got as child when you were playing hide and go seek, you know the one, where you get all situated in a great hiding spot and suddenly you have to pee. The feeling is brought on by the fear and anxiety of being found, it happens to all of us. That is perhaps the only way I can imagine how Samsung and their lawyers feel right now, as some very incriminating documents have surfaced that could really turn the tide in Apple’s favor in the upcoming trial by jury which is set for July 30th.
In the newly revealed documents two things really stand out, one of the more serious points come directly from Google, who told Samsung point blank, that their Galaxy Tab devices looked to similar to Apple’s iPad and they even suggested to Samsung to change their designs. The interesting tidbit comes from a correspondence from Best Buy who sent a report to Samsung stating that a large amount of returns on Galaxy Tabs were because customers thought they were buying an iPad. These two points alone add some serious credit to Apple’s case that Samsung blatantly copied their product designs. Samsung on the other hand is trying to point out that Apple copied Sony when developing its original iPhone, even going as far as to have Apple release never before seen CAD renderings of phone designs, some where even produced with Sony’s name on them. There is just one problem with Samsung’s argument, when Apple actually released their first generation iPhone, it looked like nothing Sony had every made, in fact, all the CAD models that Apple produced, even the ones with Sony’s name on it, never resembled anything Sony had made during that time or before it. When the iPhone was released in 2007, it was unique, nothing produced to date looked like the iPhone.
There are certainly more details to this case that will surely come pouring out when the trial kicks off next week, so stay tuned, the drama is about to get good.