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I was shocked learning about the extent of Google’s copying this morning. Apparently one of Google’s patent filings with The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) uses a familiar-looking illustration to depict a generic computer.

Let me jut say it: Google’s drawing is an exact replica of an illustration accompanying an older Apple patent filing. You’d have thought with all the commotion surrounding Google’s plagiarism and Samsung ripping off Apple wholesale that the search giant should know better…

Here’s graphics accompanying Google’s patent filing, published July 18, 2013.

Google patent (copying Apple, drawing 001)

And this is Apple’s filing, dated January 17, 2012.

Apple patent (copying Google, drawing 001)

Absolutely shameless.

I’m sure this is just a big misunderstanding.

As noted by PatentlyApple, even the hand positioning in the Google patent figure is “absolutely identical to Apple’s granted patent figure”. As if that weren’t enough, notice how the lines representing the camera’s coverage are identical in placement as those found in the Apple patent.

On closer inspection, Google’s graphics uses the round hole to picture a camera, as opposed to the wide rectangular region on Apple’s, so I guess Google’s drawing isn’t a blatant rip-off after all!

As for Samsung, its Galaxy Tab 3 did not copy the iPad mini’s skinny side bezels, nope.

Via Obama Pacman.

Oh, and this too

When will they learn?

  • ilyugefwoiug

    Samsung has had thin bezels on their Galaxy products before there was an iPad Mini, and Google’s Nexus lines are hardly a ripoff of any Apple product. This article just seems like it’s an attempt to start a flame war in the comments. You did not need to mention Samsung copying Apple in this article AT ALL. It is in no way related to Google using a similar patent illustration.

    • If I recall correctly, back in August 2012 a U.S. jury found Samsung guilty for stealing a bunch of Apple’s intellectual property whilst not establishing that Apple violated any of Samsung’s patents, so….

      • ilyugefwoiug

        Yes, I am well aware of that, I wasn’t trying to say Samsung hasn’t copied anything, what I was trying to say as that their wasn’t much of a reason to throw in Samsung copying, when the article is supposed to focus around Google using a similar illustration in their patent.

      • Rowan09

        I agree but since someone went there Samsung and others will always “copy” popular devices. I was watching a Samsung commercial for the S4 and I noticed white headphones in the persons ears, at first I thought they were iPod/iPhone headphones but they’re Samsungs headphones. The S2 charger looks identical to the iPhone charger, the only difference is the iPhones is white and the S2 is black. This is just a part of advertising it’s using familiarity to sell someone on making a change from iPhone to Samsung but still having the familiarity of using an iPhone. This is just my opinion on the matter, companies will always borrow from each other.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        That’s a problem only litigation can solve though. Companies should not be able to blatantly borrow each others ideas unless an agreement is put into place. For example I can’t remember how accurate this is since my memories not exactly the best but if I remember rightly HTC has a bunch of Apple patents that they have licensed as opposed to pulling a Samsung and blatantly copying or ripping off these patents…

      • Rowan09

        Your right Apple did license some patents to HTC. Microsoft sued Google and to my understanding they have to pay them for each phone sold, it’s either that or each Motorola and HTC device sold.

      • SamLehman617

        The iPhone charger and the MicroUSB charger have nothing in common besides being flat-ish. The design isn’t used by a single company either, instead it’s commonplace amongst tech products because it’s universal.

      • Kurt

        what happened the day before in s.korea? they both lost. but don’t get sued in america if you are not an american cause you will lose

      • Bunna Chea

        You think apple does not copy other people?

  • Brandon Weidema

    Its a patent illustration, who cares lol

  • Guest

    When they will go hell !!!!

  • Taf Khan

    Tut tut… Shameless.

  • It isn’t logical to try and shrink your bezel? All companies in these games will just try to patent these LOGICAL EVOLUTIONS. It’s what they do and all the other companies will do this to try and show and make it clear to the patent office what LOGICAL EVOLUTIONS are.

    This post shows are blatant ignorance of the patent game and logical evolutions. And they are logical once you enter the mind of a engineer in the world of computing.

  • maverickmax

    totally shameless…

  • Antonio Fonseca

    Apple: “the developer of the world”

  • rikomenzies

    Seriously, Christian? This is the news for today? Two legal documents using the same, albeit slightly modified illustrations in a patent filing?

    Next thing I know, you’ll be getting on them for using the same paper stock, too.

    Thinner bezels existed before the iPad Mini, by the way. As a matter of fact, that’s just something that makes sense to do.

    Bush league reporting like this makes me cringe, as someone who uses both Apple and Android products.

  • Pitchy

    Shocked? dear god, it’s hands and a laptop in a very generic manner. You should be shocked that shit like this gets patented in the first place, not over who copies who, because they all copy each other.

  • Carlos Franklin

    Patent wars now a days are sooooo ridiculous!
    “thin bazel” its even more!

    A few days ago I was reading about Apple and some other company (don’t recall) fighting in court for the rights to use the abbreviation (app) with the word Store: SERIOUSLY????

    What a waist of $$$!
    So freaking stupid!
    I’m gonna patent “Carlos” and sue every single one there is…..lmfao!

    • Roy Chang

      It was with Amazon, and yes it was ridonkeylous !

    • Rowan09

      That’s was against Amazon and it was justified but the case was dropped by Apple. I understood Apples concerns because Amazon wanted to use the term App Store just like Apple uses it for their App Store, it’s confusing to customers. Remember customers are “stupid” (well some of them) and they wouldn’t know the difference. A company doesn’t want to be associated with another company unless it has some kind of agreement. Nevertheless I need to get some patent because you can patent anything it seems these days.

    • Brandon Weidema

      but Amazon Application Store just rolls off the tongue hahahaha

    • seyss

      waist of money.
      a stripper?

  • Gorgonphone

    lololollololololololollollolololloollolololoo only good thing from google is google maps

    • Misti curia

      And drive, translate, android, chrome, glass, play store, search, images, YouTube, ingress and like another billion.

      • Prasad Velkuri

        take my word…. half of these services will be closed by next year….

      • Prasad Velkuri

        and google drive does not sync properly…. sugarsync is way better than drive…

      • moofer

        He said “good thing”

      • Misti curia

        That’s why I listed them for him as he obviously had no idea what awesome services Google has. And even if you don’t agree with some of them I would like to see what you use instead of Google search, translate and YouTube.

  • Kurt

    to be fair, ipad mini is a rip off of the phone the galaxy note 1

    • MarcPhilippeB

      A common kurt, not you again. Go somewhere else with your stupid haterposts.

      • Guest

        hes not hating anyone, just educating you apple fans.

    • Cameron Chao

      Its an Apple design. i dont think Apple will degrade themselves by copying Samsung.

    • Misti curia


    • moofer

      and to be fair, the Galaxy Note 1 was a ripoff of…

  • Roy Chang

    This news is garbage ! the writer just want to start flamewar, and we fell for it, just exactly what he expected ! do not fall for him people… i will say it again DO NOT FALL FOR HIM, stop commenting !

    • Dan

      well said

  • seyss

    maybe that kind of illustration is standard and required by the patent office? Dunno

    • Prasad Velkuri


  • Joseph

    Oh, boo hoo! Samsung copied thin bezels! Let’s jump on it!

    No, screw you.

    • Prasad Velkuri

      conveniently forget about other copied things?

      • Joseph

        No, I just don’t see it.

      • SamLehman617

        Pinch to zoom was “copied” by Samsung…although Microsoft used the idea in the 80’s with the tablet PC.

      • moofer

        MS did not have gestures in the 80’s. Keep smoking.

  • batongxue

    those two pairs of hands look identical. = =

  • Dan

    Slow day at IDB when ‘authors’ try to start flame wars.

  • Matt

    But let’s be real here the iPad looks better than any other tablet out there. The iPad and any other apple products is perfection because Apple cares about its customers and so they want to give their best for them.

    • Prasad Velkuri

      but some people dont understand that. They think Google is for better manhood and Apple is for money….

    • SamLehman617

      Doesn’t matter. You can’t copy “pretty” and “thin” because it’s an idea every company is trying to achieve.

  • Emm Bee

    Apple shamelessly lifts Google’s notification center concept.

    • Prasad Velkuri

      better luck next time. It was developed by a Dev on Cydia store who was hired by Apple. Lets see if that was patented and who wins that…

      • SamLehman617

        No, Google had it functioning before Cydia was developed. It was in Android 1.0 (in 2007), and Cydia didn’t exist until 2008.

  • ishaluka

    I wonder Why iDB hired this guy and keeps allowing him to write such stupid article like this.

  • Marijan

    omg, the article is so idiotic..

  • Martin Robertson

    Yeah, idiocy like this is what got you fired from 9to5mac.

    When will YOU learn?

  • Gagan Mohal

    slim bazel is not a copy its kinda trend these days in mobile world. just like slim fit jeans are made by almost every jeans company. you cannot say they copy each other…..think before you post an article

  • Sandy Cook

    I’ve seen this image a few years ago. This image is very likely to be PUBLIC DOMAIN considering IT PREDATES THE APPLE PATENT

    But by all means, don’t let me stop the knee-jerk fanboi lynch mobbing

  • Daniel K

    google still think they own the internet and everything related ha ha

  • Kash Gummaraju

    the galaxy tab comparision is a poor and narrow minded comparision. If you actually opened your mind, you’d realize that samsung is actually using the s3 design throughout its devices. And you’d also realize that with the release of the s3 samsung stopped with copying apple’s designs.

    When will you ever learn?