The protracted legal battle between Apple and Samsung took another twist today after Apple claimed that Google warned Samsung back in 2010 that two of its Galaxy Tab tablets looked “too similar” to the iPad.
According to All Things D, Apple reportedly showed Samsung’s internal documents ahead of the patent trial in the U.S. next week, with one of these documents allegedly revealing Google's concerns over the prototype Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets.
The search giant powers the Android operating system on both Samsung devices and apparently demanded both tablets have a “distinguishable design vis-à-vis the iPad for the [Galaxy Tab 10.1 prototype].”
The documents are also said to show how Samsung’s own design group found it “regrettable” how similar the Galaxy S smartphone looked to some of the older iPhone models.
This was no means the only Apple-Samsung legal action of this week, with a state court in Dusseldorf, Germany banning the sale of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet across Europe earlier this week. The court did however decide against a similar ban for the 10.1N Galaxy Tab – a revised version of the original 10.1 Galaxy Tab.
To date, the legal battle between Apple and Samsung has extended to over half a dozen countries, and has seen Samsung tablets banned in Australia, the UK and across the Europe. Apple has also been affected by the trial and was recently asked by one judge to advertise on its website that the Galaxy Tab had not copied the iPad.
Apple is reportedly suing Samsung for a mega $2.5 billion in lost profits.