In April of 2011, Apple sued Samsung for “slavishly” copying the design of the iPad and the iPhone. Samsung turned around and sued Apple right back for patent infringement, and since then, the two companies have been fighting in courts across the world.
The time has finally come for the U.S. trial between the two warring companies, and in preparation, both have been submitting thousands of documents to the courts in San Jose, California. Press outlets have been able to get their hands on these documents, revealing plenty of news worthy information.
We saw never-before-seen Apple prototypes, including an early iPad with a kickstand, and we learned that Samsung was fiercely competitive with Apple, which may have put it over the edge on the copying issue.
New documents have also revealed even more damning evidence about Samsung, including proof that Samsung knew its products bore a serious resemblance to Apple’s. Not only are there documents from Samsung employees discussing the similarities between the two, there’s also evidence that Google told Samsung its tablets were too much like Apple’s iPad.
Furthermore, there’s communication between Samsung and Best Buy in which the electronics retailer told Samsung that customers were returning the Samsung Galaxy Tab because they thought they had purchased an Apple iPad.
Several months back, a Samsung lawyer was unable to identify the Galaxy Tab 10.1 when it was held up next to an Apple iPad, and it appears that Best Buy’s customers experienced the same issue.
While it’s unknown how many customers purchased and then returned a Galaxy Tab after discovering that it was not an iPad, it had to be enough of an issue for Best Buy to bring it to Samsung’s attention.
We’re not talking small potatoes here – quite a few customers must have made that mistake, which makes it appear that consumers were indeed being tricked into purchasing Samsung’s devices. Once customers figured out they had the wrong tablet, they quickly made returns to Best Buy, and those returns, conveniently, were not factored into Samsung’s reported sales numbers.
At this point in time, Samsung has a pending motion to keep the above information from being used in the trial, but if it is admissible, it might just spell disaster for the South Korean company.