Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is currently in court with Samsung over claims of patent theft, but they soon may have another claim for their litigation.
CNN Tech reports that Samsung Chromebox Series 3 has some striking similarities to the Apple Mac Mini with their identical shapes, rounded corners, and the measurement of 7.6 inch square. Since Chrome and Chromeboxes aren’t as popular as other products, it’s unlikely that Apple will go after them over that, but you never know.
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Even a reviewer from Engadget, Myriam Joire pointed out the obvious, “Apple should be flattered, either that, or it should be readying its army of lawyers. Samsung’s Chromebox looks very much like a Mac mini, with the same 7.6-inch-square footprint, rounded corners (using a smaller radius) and silver rim (made of painted plastic instead of aluminum). It’s thinner (1.3 inches vs. 1.4 inches), lighter and eschews that unibody aluminum shell for a rather cheap looking matte black plastic top cover featuring prominent Samsung and Chrome logos.”
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) should use this to their advantage. If they brought both computers with them to the courtroom and showed the obvious similarities, it would strengthen their case that Samsung is copying them. Of course, they would have to get permission from the courts and lawyers to present the evidence, but one would suspect that they have already requested this.
The real secret to Samsung’s success probably has something to do with their desire to copy Apple’s technology and designs. In the end, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will probably win the case whether or not they bring the computers as evidence. I’m not sure how much longer this trial will last, but it would just make a lot more sense if all parties worked together, and try to settle. The longer the trial last, the more money both companies will lose. Additionally, Apple will be forced to divulge even more company secrets.