Apple (AAPL) Stock Up, Fashion Designers Against Samsung In Patent Fight

Despite launching its smartwatch before Apple, the Korean tech giant still seems to be taking ideas from its opponents.

Samsung, Apple, Google and Lenovo, among others, have all made land grabs to own as many patents as possible for existing technology and those that might prove key to the future of mobile devices.

This questionable patent was just in January 29, 2016 and published today, August 4.

Whatever the case may be, even more recently - as in yesterday - a new Samsung patent application was discovered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database, detailing a format for attaching wrist straps to a smartwatch. Samsung's devices don't look like this, but Apple's do.

IBTimes UK has contacted Samsung for a comment and will update this article if we receive one. The drawings strongly suggested that the Samsung engineers took a bit of inspiration from their rival's smartwatch.

Calvin Klein, Norman Foster and Dieter Rams are just some of the high-profile names on the list of Apple backers.

The Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement issue is scheduled to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court on October 11.

On Thursday, Apple recruited a host of designers to file an amicus brief supporting its long-running patent infringement case against Samsung.

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Apple (AAPL) Stock Up, Fashion Designers Against Samsung In Patent Fight

In this image, Apple's Milanese band magnetic loop strap can be seen.

What the papers say " Samsung Caught Using Apple Watch Design Figures in a Recent Patent Filing", say Patently Apple, who first spotted the story.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in Apple v. Samsung on October 11.

The images clearly show the rear of apple's Watch, with its four sensors visible. The jury verdict said that Apple should earn $1.05 billion in damages from Samsung.

This design really strays from Samsung's design (pictured), although some are squared they do not protrude off the band as much as the Cupertino company's. Samsung, in particular, has often been hauled up over some "familiar" smartphone designs.

Additional damages, based on five other phone models, could also be awarded depending on the outcome of appeals.

The tech firms argued that awarding a design patent holder the total profit from an infringer's product when the design covers only a relatively minor portion of the product "is out of proportion with the significance of the design and out of touch with economic realities". During the court session on Thursday, designers argued that the appearance of the product creates a certain mental picture for the users thus encouraging them to purchase the handsets.

Samsung previous year agreed to pay Apple some $548 million, pending the outcome of the appeal.

  • Jon Douglas