Apple says Samsung’s blatantly ripped off its device designs. Not true, Samsung replies! Too bad its lawyer blew that argument sky-high: they couldn’t tell the difference between a Galaxy Tab and iPad. In court
Reuters reports the horrific embarrassment: when a Samsung attorney was asked by US District Judge Lucy Koh whether they could tell which tablet was which, what was the response? “Not at this distance, your honour.”
Gulp. I really can’t imagine any possibly worse answer, other than saying, “There is no difference, your honour. Please ban us from selling our products. Please.” What followed might be even more painful:
“Can any of Samsung’s lawyers tell me which one is Samsung and which one is Apple?” Koh asked. A moment later, one of the lawyers supplied the right answer.
What can even happen from this point forward? How can Samsung’s legal team look any judge in the face and argue that their device didn’t copy the Apple product that came before it? Whether this copying is illegal in its extent is for the court to decide, but today, Samsung essentially admitted the Galaxy Tab is identical to the iPad.