Apple vs Samsung – Menu icons side by side

Posted on Apr 20 2011 - 7:32am by Jonne Eilimö
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Apple sued Samsung for infriging several of their patents. The image above shows you how Samsung is copying the menu icons (Apple’s iOS on left, Samsung’s TouchWiz on right). I think it is pretty clear where they got their inspiration from ;)

12 more parent infringements in Nilay Patel’s impressive breakdown of the lawsuit here.

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Jonne is a mobile phone enthusiast with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He is currently selling mobile phones at one of the largest retailers in Finland. He has been using the newest phones out there ever since the Nokia 5110 was released. Currently he is using a Nokia Lumia 1520.

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  1. Error0187 August 10, 2011 18:46 UTC at 6:46 pm - Reply

    everybody’s using the phone and gears icons, and that music icon isnt new, in fact, its the same one thats already been used im my sgh-x800 (which is almost 10 years old)

  2. Anonymous August 11, 2011 09:45 UTC at 9:45 am - Reply

    Most of these icons are generic and apple has not the first one to use them, like the phone with green color on green background. The chat icon is also not new and use before (and the one that samsung uses is actually Google Androids standard one), not book the same. The only one that I would come to think of is the address book and the music programs icons, The address book I think other services like facebook also uses, they should be sued as well then.

  3. Talaf August 11, 2011 15:25 UTC at 3:25 pm - Reply

    So  you’re telling me that apple has a patent on speech balloons to represent talks and discussions? Or a notepad to represent notes? Or a flower to represent a picture? Or a person to represent a contact?

    Not only are the graphics the same on every graphical OS every invented, it’s just obvious cultural symbolism, but things like the balloons even predate apple by centuries. How fanboist can one get?

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