Apple showed a Samsung internal email to as many as 40 designers including the heads of Samsung’s mobile design team in Korea. It said in part, “Google is demanding distinguishable design vis-a-vis the iPad for the P3,” referring to an early Galaxy Tab not sold in the US.
A senior Galaxy Tab industrial designer on the stand said he was never told by any of his superiors Google wanted the design changed. Samsung uses the letter P as a code for the Galaxy Tab with different numbers for each new design.
Samsung lawyers pointed out the P1, the Samsung seven-inch tablet and the P3, one not sold in the U.S., are not at issue in the case. Still it’s interesting and one wonders just who at Google had their knickers in a twist and why. Nothing was said in court to answer those questions.
The Samsung designer also said he used the Tab as an inspiration for the Ace, one of many Samsung handsets he designed. He also agreed with Apple lawyers that the chief industrial design for the original Galaxy S1 came to San Jose during the trial but is, apparently not testifying for Samsung.
Below are two emails. The second two images are excerpts from one long email sent to nearly 40 SWamsung designers.
It is very strange kind of fight this is going on mobile phones can be of square shape, then they will look like same. It is quite fortunate that no one had patented 4-wheels of a car and 2-wheels of a bicycle otherwise the road might look like a gymnastic stadium.
Unfortunately, the jury is meant to live in a cave during the trial and not read the press or view TV covering the trial, so in some cruel twist of justice, Apple might still get through on this nonsense. It will be interesting to see if Apple gain or shed customers after this (and other trials). Initial indications are that iSheep are flocking in big numbers to Samsung or waiting for the next iPhone.
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