It is not suing Google of course. Google has stacks of money and lawyers, so Apple is picking away at the likes of HTC.
Extending the attacks to Samsung, Apple claims that the Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablet “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad.
Apple said that the Galaxy’s design features, such as the look of its screen icons, make it look like an iPad.
The tame Apple press has been wading into Samsung for daring to copy Jobs’ genius and have quoted the Jobs’ Mob brief at some length.
“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smartphone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products,” the court papers read.
Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet is quoted as saying that this blatant copying is wrong.
It is more likely that the court case is because Samsung is essentially Apple’s only real tablet competitor at this stage and is taking the market more seriously.
However, Apple said that earlier versions of Samsung smartphones did not embody the same combination of Apple’s designs. Apparently Apple owns the idea of square icons with rounded corners.
However analyst Florian Mueller claims Apple is getting increasingly desperate to kill off Android.
He pointed out that its stock price is starting to dip as smart investors have worked out that the Google operating system is set to carve up the outfit’s market share.
“But if Apple fails to fend off Android, it will within a year or two find itself in a situation like Research in Motion. Apple has realized this already, as its new lawsuit against Samsung shows, but given what’s at stake, I think Apple would have to do much more than this. It would have to sue more Android device makers and over more patents,” Mueller said.
He believes a counter-attack from Samsung is imminent.
Mueller points to a Samsung spokesman, speaking to Bloomberg, as saying that “Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against” the Korean company.