The second week of the Samsung-Apple trial has also started on an acrimonious note, with Apple using Samsung's memo to prove that the South Korean company knew that iPhone's design was superior and therefore stole it. The trial is going on in San Jose, California with Apple claiming that Samsung owes it $2.5 billion in damages for slavishly copying the design of its prized iPad and iPhone.
According to AllThingsD
Apple introduced a damning internal email from Samsung’s head of mobile communications, JK Shin, to his designers, one that makes plain just how important Apple’s minimalist iPhone design was in shaping Samsung’s future design plans.
“All this time we’ve been paying all our attention to Nokia, and concentrated our efforts on things like Folder, Bar, Slide,” Shin wrote in the email, dated February of 2010, just one month before Samsung announced what would become its first extremely successful Android smartphone, the Galaxy S.
In short, according to Apple, the note is conclusive proof that once Samsung realised that their design was nothing compared to Apple's, they decided to create rip-off products. The memo is now being touted as the great 'Crisis of design' for Samsung and could spell trouble for the South-Korean tech giant.
Of course Samsung's counsel William Lee chose to dismiss this as Samsung’s “hyperbolic,” management style of company, stating that the heaven and earth remark was just being over-analysed, reports AllThingsD.
Meanwhile EWeek reports that Apple also got industrial designer called Peter Bressler to testify in the trial and he felt that Samsung's smartphones and tablets were Apple ripoffs in terms of design.
Overall, it looks like Apple is no mood to give up and will show every piece of evidence it thinks will help bolster its case against the South-Korean tech giant. The trial has had its fair share of crazy moments last week. For more on that click here and here.