Apple and Samsung are currently engaged in a patent dispute that spans 4 continents, 12 countries, and includes over 20 lawsuits. Apple fired the first shot in this ongoing legal battle back in April when it sued Samsung for patent infringement, alleging that its line of Galaxy smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copy the look and feel of iOS.
Samsung has vehemently denied these allegations and has fired back with a number of its own patent claims.
So it’s really quite amusing to see that Samsung’s new “store within a store” concept at the Centro Sicillia shopping mall in Italy not only copies Apple’s idea of adorning a wall with mobile app icons, but that Samsung’s implementation actually uses Apple’s own proprietary icons as well.
As you can see by the markings above, Apple icons for the iTunes App Store and mobile safari adorn the backdrop of the display.
Some are speculating that the icons are perhaps left over from a previous display (doubtful) while we gather that some lazy worker bee was tasked with finding icons to plaster a wall with and siphoned Apple’s own display without really thinking.
All in all, this isn’t that big of a deal and is certainly worth a few laughs given Samsung’s incredibly strong stance that it’s own products don’t rip off Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
And speaking of Samsung copying Apple, 9to5Mac reported earlier today that the USB AC power adapter for the Samsung Galaxy S II is almost exactly the same design and shape as the one Apple has been using on its iOS products for years.
It’s getting increasingly harder to argue that Samsung’s copying of Apple’s iOS products isn’t as flagrant as they come.