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Will Apple sue OnePlus for plagiarism?



Just two days ago OnePlus introduced its OnePlus 5, one of the most anticipated terminals of 2017 after the good taste left by its OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Although in the technological lieutenants had already jumped the hare on the "slight" similarity between Apple and iPhone 7 Plus , it was not until Tuesday that all suspicions were confirmed. No longer a speculation: of all possible designs, the OnePlus 5 looks too much like the Apple flagship .

And no, it's not a coincidence or an egocentrism of the Apple fanboys: look at the layout of your dual camera, flash, microphone, antenna bands, contour and shapes ... you can even look at the location of your logo. It is more than evident that the Chinese have been inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus and they have done it with all the brazenness of the world, but will there be legal reprisals?

After the presentation, it was clear that OnePlus was serious and many of us wonder if Apple would obviously take action in the matter, because of course, getting into trials is not something fast, cheap or simple , whether you are a particular person or a powerful And multi-million dollar company with a team of lawyers working for you.

Apple and Samsung, a love and hate story


It is not the first time that Apple decides to enter the courts, either after being sued or motu propio and to tell the truth, it has not always come out well. The issue of patents and misleading advertising have been the main motives in their long list of court visits. But if there is a regular suspect Apple has had to beat copper, that is Samsung, Apple's biggest rival to date in the race to dominate the smartphone market and at the same time, maker of some of its components, A fact that has given many benefits to Asians.

This is how it all started


And to be second is not tasteful dish for anyone. It all started back in 2011, when Apple denounced the resemblance of the Samsung Galaxy S to the iPhone 3G and 3GS models . But also extended to the line of tablets Samsung Galaxy Tab for its supposed resemblance to the Apple iPad.

INSTEAD OF INNOVATING AND DEVELOPING ITS OWN TECHNOLOGY AND A DISTINCTIVE SAMSUNG STYLE FOR ITS PRODUCTS IN THE FIELD OF SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS, SAMSUNG CHOSE TO COPY APPLE'S TECHNOLOGY, ITS USER INTERFACE AND INNOVATIVE STYLE INTO THE REPORTED PRODUCTS.

Varapalo for Samsung that had the obligation to teach its prototypes to Apple , as it had ordered so days before the Federal Court of San Jose, California. The Koreans tried to return the coup requesting to see the future iPhone, which at that time in theory would be the future iPhone 4S / iPhone 5 and iPad 3, but did not get the expected results and meanwhile, Apple continued to demand similarities and achieving the Lock the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1


He did not paint the thing well for Samsung, who saw how Apple took the trouble to go sending applications to numerous agencies in several countries to get the Samsung device blocking patent infringement that resulted in partial blocking in Australia and worse Even in Europe, with the exception of the Netherlands. That is, Samsung could not even sell or advertise its Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 .


Samsung counterattacks


But if Apple was consistent in their demands, so has Samsung been trying to reverse them. Thanks to this and a failure of form - the court that vetoed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was regional, so it had no real power to do so - Samsung was able to sell its tablet across the European continent with the exception of Germany . To the desperate, Samsung launched its Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N, which with small modifications of design tried to circumvent the sentence in the Germanic country.

Then Samsung changes strategy and with all sentences still open decides to undertake his private war by denouncing Apple for alleged infringements on Apple's wireless technology on its iOS devices. Its objective? Try to veto the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad and iPad 2, in countries like France, Italy, Netherlands and even Spain. The result can not be more disastrous and Samsung sees their aspirations go awry when judges do not consider them.


Final blow to Samsung


Samsung receives another near-death blow in 2012 when Apple continues to sue for patent issues Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and a tablet more, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 getting partial vetoes In Europe and the United States.

If the things of palace go slowly, those of the palace of justice even more. That year the court ruled: although Apple asked for more than 2.5 billion dollars as compensation, Samsung is condemned to pay "only" 1 billion . Since then, Samsung's goal has been to appeal to reduce the economic fine , which has been declining to just over 500 million and always with the premise that Samsung seeks the legal vacuum to try to reduce it even more.


Apple has no mercy


Apple seems to have taken the pleasure to put the points on the Ies to Samsung and after the agreement, claimed that that amount seemed insufficient and subsequently has reported that that money has not yet been fully paid and the battle promises to be so long that you laugh Of the war of a hundred years .

But Apple has not yet said the last word . This 2017 Apple has again shown its disagreement over the latest Samsung designs by putting on the table whether Samsung must pay Apple for damages for infringing several patents based on total sales of devices sold or based on Individual parts of these devices, so the case remains open and promises to give you talk .

And what about OnePlus?


After all this, I do not know if anyone has wanted to continue copying Apple, either blatantly or inspired by their patents, new technologies, interface, etc., of course something must be clear: Apple is comfortable with the Law, has patience and constancy defending what he considers his own and does not get tired .

So there's no doubt: if the claim is based - and everything seems to point to yes - Apple will go to trial and OnePlus can cost you dearly .

Via | Andro4All

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