Have a look at the picture below – what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Yep, everyone else thought “smart cover”, too. Except for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets. I can’t imagine this will help the lawsuit.
Now, the smart covers (called “Smart Case”) aren’t manufactured by Samsung (they’re made by another Korean company, Anymode), but they apparently have a close connection. Anymode is a key supplier of accessories for Samsung and the rumor mill is eager to point out that Anymode’s CEO is a nephew of Samsung’s chairman.
Samsung’s response was quick – they had Anymode pull down the product page before any Smart Cases were sold and say they never certified the product (despite reports to the contrary). Even so, the damage has been done – I’m sure plenty of people we’ll be quoting these “Smart Cases” as evidence that Samsung does copy everything from Apple, regardless of whether or not they had anything to do with creating the product.
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