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LG considers lawsuit over iPhone design


LG Electronics is considering whether it will file a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the iPhone design is a clone of the unreleased LG KE850 “Prada” mobile phone. The LG phone shares some similarities with the iPhone, including a rounded, black design, touch-sensitive controls and a full-screen interface. “At first glance, we recognized the iPhone shares many form factors with the Prada phone. We are flattered that other makers follow our design policy,” LG spokesman Lee Hyoung-kun said. “We can’t say at the moment whether or not we will file a lawsuit against Apple regarding this. It’s too early to make remarks on the issues.”

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well it seem sto me that the iphone was introduced first, or else they would have mentioned it in the headline. apple has been on the iphone for two and a half years, how long for lg’s prada?

Posted by BIGP on January 16, 2007 at 1:19 PM (CST)


It’s kind of a tricky situation. Even though Apple’s been in development on the iPhone for 2.5 years, LG’s probably worked on the Prada for the same amount of time. The iPhone was just the one that got more buzz. I’m not sure if this merits a lawsuit as they were probably developed concurrently (a case of “great minds think alike”?) but . . . eh. It’s complicated.

Posted by JoshSpazJosh on January 16, 2007 at 1:31 PM (CST)


If Apple would have bought Palm then this problem wouldn’t exist.  Palm is struggling right now and Apple could have used the Palm platform (which includes wifi, mp3 playback, contact management,touch screen interface,  etc) for their iPhone (iTreo?).  The purchase price of Palm is probably less than what the lawsuit will be.

Posted by bud on January 16, 2007 at 1:43 PM (CST)


These lawsuits are crazy.  I don’t think you can sue because it ‘looks’ like someone elses and the interface looks totally different anyway.  If that was the case then LG could get sued because their phone looks like an ipod.  Crazy….and isn’t this like the steering wheel example in the Micorsoft/Apple battle 20 years ago, what about the guy that invented a clamshell phone, does he have the rights to all clamshell phones.

Cool phone LG, I might have to check it out more.

Posted by bmann on January 16, 2007 at 2:17 PM (CST)


Nobody at Apple is concerned about this. The story in the Korean Times is pieced together from a brief posting at Engadget showing visual similarities in the two products. The “news” story actually quotes teh anonymous people leaving comments. This qualifies as journalism in Korea?

Then, somebody called LG for a quote. The quote is exactly what I’d expect from a PR person. “We can’t say at the moment whether or not we will file a lawsuit against Apple regarding this. It’s too early to make remarks on the issues.”

No PR person would ever say, “Of course we’re not gonna sue Apple. It would be a frivolous lawsuit, and we’d lose.”

There is no story here. Two black touch-screen cellphones. If LG had patented the touch-screen or the cellphone (or the color black), then they’d have a lawsuit.

Posted by BJ Nemeth on January 16, 2007 at 2:24 PM (CST)


You can’t claim prior art on this.  It looks identical to the calculator on my Cassiopeia from 1999.

Furthermore, raise your hand if you, too, thought of putting the keypad on a touchscreen.  Funny, I see a lot of hands.  We don’t need to patent the fundamentally obvious.

Finally, Apple—unlike LG—actually has PATENTS on this form factor and their non-obvious UIs, received back in 2004.

Posted by dasmb on January 16, 2007 at 2:47 PM (CST)


A lot of this touch-screen, full-screen stuff was previously available in the Apple Newton. So if anything were to ever come from this, Apple could easily claim that this is a descendent of the Newton, and not some LG phone.

Posted by BJ Nemeth on January 16, 2007 at 2:49 PM (CST)


Some of these lawsuit stories get odder and odder!! Have LG   touch sensitive controls!? Do Apple have to consider inventing telepathy sensitive controls to get round the problem of treading on another companies ideas by having controls you need to touch!? If all else fails then perhaps Apple should hire whichever genius got Luxpro out of this… http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/news/comments/luxpro-wins-legal-battle-with-apple-plans-to-countersue-for-100m/

Posted by Rob on January 16, 2007 at 2:54 PM (CST)


I missed out the word ‘patented’ after LG on first line…apologies

Posted by rob on January 16, 2007 at 2:57 PM (CST)


Well… let’s see here… creative created a precedent when they were awarded the patent for the interface they created but did not patent. IF LG created the design for this phone and can prove this THEY will get the patent for the design and Apple won’t win the lawsuit. It’s as simple as that. And why would anyone believe Apple officials that the iPhone has been worked on for the last 2,5 years? Because they are sooooo honest? come on!

Posted by Just me on January 16, 2007 at 3:25 PM (CST)


Interface ≠ form factor

The form factor is similar, but an obvious evolution of the product. I’m willing to wager that the interface is different enough to kill any ideas for a lawsuit.

Posted by BJ Nemeth on January 16, 2007 at 3:35 PM (CST)


If anything, LG is going to get the rubber glove up the pooper.

Remember how everyone laughed and cheered after Steve said “It’s patented like crazy!” during the keynote?

I think the LG phone will have to go through some major changes before it’s realeased becasue it will likely be violating many patents filed by Apple if it does not.

Posted by JakBeatZ on January 16, 2007 at 4:08 PM (CST)


Won’t every product that has a full screen look the same? You can’t file a lawsuit against that. It’s like if one TV company filed a lawsuit against another because both TVs consist mainly of a screen.

Posted by Omar on January 16, 2007 at 4:46 PM (CST)


LG products are crap anyways… They probably thought this one up after a Treo was left in the lost & Found at the LG campus.  Hey…maybe Sprint will carry it so that it wont work either.

Posted by Guano Man on January 16, 2007 at 7:10 PM (CST)


anyone else read that article…..it sounds like it was written by a 5th grader

Posted by killa on January 16, 2007 at 7:41 PM (CST)


i bet if apple would have made the iPhone white, LG wouldn’t be suing.

Posted by Michael on January 16, 2007 at 7:55 PM (CST)


...creative created a precedent when they were awarded the patent for the interface they created but did not patent.

What exactly does this mean?

Creative DID apply for a patent for the hierarchical menu interface on MP3 players. And they were awarded it, much to Apple’s chagrin from what I recall. Seems pretty straightforward to me…well, except for the part about them not actually being the first to design and use a hierarchical menu system on an actual MP3 device (but that’s Compaq’s fault for missing out, not Creative).

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Posted by Bob Levens on January 18, 2007 at 5:38 AM (CST)


In 1968, I drew a picture that looked just like LG’s phone on my etch-a-sketch ... are there any attorneys in the house?

Posted by essbee on January 18, 2007 at 12:15 PM (CST)


But you didn’t patent it! So no dice…

Most phones these days look like ripoffs of other phones. Besides, who buys LG phones?

Posted by Nobody on January 18, 2007 at 9:36 PM (CST)

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