Samsung caught using drawings of Apple Watch in its own smartwatch patent filing

By , Aug 4, 2016

Samsung Wearable Device patent filing Apple Watch Buckle strap 001

The iPhone’s look and feel isn’t the only design feature Samsung “borrowed” from Apple (100+ top designers agree), for which it was ordered to pay nearly $1 billion to the Cupertino firm in damages (later slashed to $548 million). No, the South Korean company is notorious for frequently borrowing a page from Jony Ive’s design book when it comes to other things like the look and feel of software, packaging, marketing material and more.

As was discovered by Patently Apple, the Galaxy maker appears to have borrowed a few familiar looking images from Apple in its latest patent filing for a ”Wearable Device” which includes drawings of Apple’s smartwatch that depict the Digital Crown, crystal back, heart rate sensor and even several of its proprietary band designs.

Ripping off Apple patent drawings wholesale

Samsung’s patent abstract describes a wearable device with a strap, but the real story here is a pair of familiar looking drawings attached to the filing. As you can see for yourself, the images not only depict Apple’s wearable device but even Apple Watch bands such as the Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle, Milanese Loop and Leather Loop.

The filing states that “The band for adjustment may be coupled with the band for fixing through a structure, such as a separated buckle or a continuous integral buckle, through a magnetic attracting force, or through a hooked ring or hooked member.”

Sounds familiar?

Samsung Wearable Device patent filing Apple Watch drawings 002

Now compare these drawings to marketing material Apple published shortly after the Apple Watch announcement in 2014.

Apple Watch marketing material images

Using Apple patent design figures without divulging they’re from Apple is a sleazy move on Samsung’s part. I don’t think anyone can dispute that Samsung’s filing with The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) clearly shows a wearable device that looks unmistakably Apple, suggesting that Samsung engineers have at the very least drawn inspiration from Apple’s smartwatch.

Samsung Wearable Device patent filing Apple Watch drawings 001

Now check out these comparison images.

Samsung Wearable Device patent filing Apple Watch 005

Draw your own conclusions.

Seriously, you cannot make this stuff up.

Designers come out for Apple in patent fight with Samsung

Earlier today, news hit us that 100+ world-class designers filed an amicus brief supporting Apple’s patent lawsuit against Samsung, including the likes of Dieter Rams, Calvin Klein and iSpaceship building designers over at Lord Norman Foster.

Here’s an interesting excerpt from the amicus brief itself (emphasis mine):

For a product that a consumer does not yet own, it is the visual design, rather than text or lists of features, that dominates print, television, and online advertisements, social media platforms and e-commerce websites.

And it the visual design that consumers encounter while walking on the street observing peers using the product—a powerful factor in purchase decisions. Thus, when a consumer encounters a product, the consumer identifies the look of the product with the underlying functional features and the visual design comes to represent the features, functions, and total user experience of the product.

“Samsung copied many many features” of the iPhone, an Apple lawyer wrote in an earlier brief in the Apple vs. Samsung case.

What do you make of Samsung’s patent filing and these controversial drawings accompanying it? Is this yet another of Samsung emulating Apple, do you think?

Comparison images courtesy Business Insider.

Source: USPTO via Patently Apple

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  • ⓣⓘⓛⓐⓛ ⓐⓑⓤⓑⓐⓚⓡ

    It just can’t get worse
    WHAT THE BLOODY HELL WAS THAT SAMSUNG!

    • Nallaikkumaran

      Oops, Who copied? Another Samsung Haters (Apple lobbyists) propaganda. This site and its writers are brainless iDiots. What a terrible article. The exaggeration in this post. Hello, iSheeps check out old Samsung smartwatch patents. You don’t know anything. Have your authors any brain? How much is Apple paying you to say this $? I hope it is a significant amount.

      The idiots thinking Apple invented smart watch (Or smartwatch designs).

      Smartwatch history (The Samsung invented smart watches)

      In 1999, Samsung launched the world’s first Smart watch phone, the SPH-WP10. It had a protruding antenna, a monochrome LCD screen, and a 90-minutes of talk time with an integrated speaker and microphone.

      2009 – The Samsung S9110 releases a smart watch that is also a phone – sporting a touchscreen, Bluetooth, a music player, and email support.

      Check out Samsung S9110 -imgur DOT com/qcW5X0U

      The Apple smartwatch is a basic cloning of Samsung smartwatch.

      Check out old Samsung smartwatch patents (Before Apple smartwatch)

      Filing Date: 12/02/2014

      imgur DOT com/THkIwRN

      imgur DOT com/zMDkXy5

      imgur DOT com/zMDkXy5

      Check out the website – freepatentsonline DOT com/EP2881842A2.html

      Wait and see more information about old Samsung smartwatch patents and pics.

      Also the Apple circular design is a copycat from Samsung. And the circular design has already been patented by Samsung. Who copied? Apple has been stealing other companies ideas for years Steve Jobs was the best at using other people’s ideas. Apple is always copying from every brand. Apple is a shameless copy company. Apple is the founding father of copying. This article seems to lack research. They want people to be misinformed.

      • Nallaikkumaran

        Check out old Samsung smartwatch patents (Before Apple smartwatch)

    • Nallaikkumaran

      Oops, Who copied? Another Samsung Haters (Apple lobbyists) fake propaganda. What a terrible article. The exaggeration in this post. Hey check out old Samsung smartwatch patents. You don’t know anything.

      The idiots thinking Apple invented smart watch (Or smartwatch designs).

      Smartwatch history (Samsung invented smart watch)

      In 1999, Samsung launched the world’s first Smart watch phone, the SPH-WP10. It had a protruding antenna, a monochrome LCD screen, and a 90-minutes of talk time with an integrated speaker and microphone.

      2009 – The Samsung S9110 releases a smart watch that is also a phone – sporting a touchscreen, Bluetooth, a music player, and email support. Check out Samsung S9110 – imgur DOT com/qcW5X0U

      The Apple smartwatch is a basic cloning of Samsung smartwatch.

      First of all, Check out Samsung smartwatch patents (Before Apple smartwatch)

      Filing Date: 12/02/2014

      Check out website – http://www.freepatentsonline DOT com/EP2881842A2.html

      Wait and see more infomations about old Samsung smart watch patents and pics.

      Also Apple circular design is copycat from Samsung. And circular design is already Patented by Samsung. Who copied? Apple has been stealing other companies ideas for years Steve Jobs was the best at using other people’s ideas. Apple is always copying from every brand. Apple is a shameless copy company. Apple is the founding father of copying. This article seems to lack research. They want people to be misinformed.

      You’re supporting a company that does nothing but steal from others and then use their media influence to make people believe the other companies are stealing from them.

      • Avery Zeigler

        Why does everyone have to copy each other? Both Samsung and Apple are infamous for copying ideas.

      • leart

        both?
        probably 1% apple, 99% Samsung …

      • Avery Zeigler

        Baaaaaaa

        EVERYBODY RUN!!!! IT’S THE iSHEEP!!!!!

      • leart

        are you ok?

      • Pranav Sukumaran

        go research a bit, see what you find. You probably don’t even know what you’re talking about.

      • leart

        this thread is 3 month old, get a life and dont believe to the trolls on internet, Samsung was forced to admit legally that they payed young students to bad mouth competition, imagine how they are doing business … cheating on benchmark, paying trolls, copying names, design, features and don’t even testing what they are selling… and finally they pushed on the market Samsung Note 7, the firestarter… and apple even don’t gived a shit

  • gXn

    Shamesung.

  • John Smith

    damn dog eaters

  • AOGV

    LMAO! garbage companies like samsung make garbage products

    • Sergeant Potato

      Says the guy using Apples devices.

      • AOGV

        Okay “sergeant potato” keep defending that garbage companies who steal other peoples innovations, claim it as their own, get sued, counter sue, and right when their about to lose, settle. Cause that’s all that garbage company does

      • Johanza Kafuhu

        Steve Jobs once said that Apple has “always been shameless about stealing great ideas”. The iPod wasn’t original or the first, just look at the Nomad II Jukebox, and they’ve stolen tons of ideas from Windows for MacOS, among many other things.

        “keep defending that garbage companies who steal other peoples innovations, claim it as their own”

      • AOGV

        Apple doesn’t do things first or rush to put products out you idiot. Apple does it DIFFERENTLY and they do it right which is why Apple is as valuable as it is. Take your garbage argument to 9to5 Google or some other lame blog

      • Johanza Kafuhu

        Butthurt. anger and insults with nothing to back you up but that apple does it DIFFERENTLY. Right. Better go get that limited Gucci handbag and those Ray Ban shades you like so much, then circle jerk about how hip you are.

      • Pranav Sukumaran

        another apple dickrider, another day

      • besrate hogsa

        Apple stole a lot of ideas from the jailbreak community year after year……….

      • Sergeant Potato

        Lol, “AOGV”, you just described Apple. Apple copies, and then Sue’s companies. They are undoubtedly one of the scummiest, scammiest company in existence

    • besrate hogsa

      I like apple but Samsung makes good phone too

      • leart

        if you steal.. go to prison … the same punishment should have even this garbage company

  • Steve Harvey

    I thought it was bad when they stole slide to unlock but this is a new low.

    • John

      Apple didn’t have slide to unlock first either. (Neonode n1m) Every company “steals” from others.

      • Sergeant Potato

        It’s sad how blind iSheep are. I bet he also thinks that Samsung ripped off the iPhone with the S2

      • leart

        yeah.. meanwhile he latest sumsushi is using even the “creative” name Samsung 6s plus holy crap.. people should pay the half of price for Samsung product since they rip-off half of what the sell

      • Sergeant Potato

        I have never heard of a phone named “Samsung 6s plus”. You are such an iSheep, that you can’t even bother to do a little research before bashing. Good job.

      • leart

        it’s been a while that I never read a comment from just a normal android .. just garbages like you spreading the same shit around the Internet .. isheep, fagdroid, fagretaddroid..
        even in everyday life all people with certain level would never use that crap..

        and isheep is i can afford it .. you can’t

      • leart

        it was a joke you fagretaddroid .. you are reading a article about Samsung riping off the Apple Watch .. they are copying even the names from Apple.. 6s plus to s6 plus..

      • leart

        you’ll dying to have a iPhone 6s Plus.. but you can’t afford it.. sad

      • Sergeant Potato

        Stop being ignorant. Samsung had their names first.
        iPhone 2g, 3g, 3gs
        Galaxy S1, S2, S3

  • Chris Owen

    Wow, Samsung just shows us more and more how pathetic they really are.

  • Steve Harvey

    We’re these approved!?

    • :|Alain|:

      Were*

  • Kyle Hikalea

    I heard they stole expandable storage as well. Good thing Apple took the high road.

    • Johanza Kafuhu

      When you pay $100 for 8gigs of storage, you know you’re getting quality.

  • Tim

    I’m pretty much sure they were just fooling around, no sane person can do this.

    • leart

      they used in the past, AppStore icons on their official stores.. they are not exactly sane, they are just steal and sell

  • Iskren Donev

    I think Samsung is just trolling Apple. There’s no way Samsung would think that these would ever get approved.

  • ydoucare

    its funny that ppl still buy shitsung!
    the mistake is with u samsung users who buy their prods and encouraeg to copy!!

  • Colin

    It is Apple that has been blatantly copying from others for years now. I could not see anyone copying the ugly Apple Watch and the fiddly Digital Crown. Samsung’s rotating bezel and round design is fsr better.

    • ravinigga

      Round look nice but square is practical.
      And Digital Crown is handy. Samsung copy it and put it on around the watch screen

    • Sergeant Potato

      I agree. Apple has copied so much shit, but when Samsung fucks up, the iSheep emerge from their basements

      • Rowan09

        List the things that Apple copies that made and revolutionary movement? Google copied Apple after the original iPhone, Samsung ripped of the look and feel of the iPhone with the Galaxy S series, etc. Why the name calling because they are using Apple Watch drawings? What phone do you use?

      • Johanza Kafuhu

        Steve Jobs once said that Apple has “always been shameless about stealing great ideas”. Like how they stole the idea for the iPod from Creatives Nomad II Jukebox. What phone do you use?

      • Rowan09

        iPhone 6S Plus and S7 Edge. Jobs is talking about borrowing and improving not just copy the entire idea.

      • Sergeant Potato

        Oh really? Doesn’t the Samsung F700 look suspiciously similar to the original iPhone. News flash: Apple copies a lot more than any other company. Now bugger off, iSheep.

      • Rowan09

        No it doesn’t and not even the same type of phone to even try to justify copying or stealing. The only thing close was made by LG with the Prada and that was released months before the iPhone was released. I’m fine with copying but not trying to steal an idea or make fun of a company and then turn around and steal their ideas. What happened to the higher the pixel count the better for cameras in the Samsung world? Really 12mp is now better than 16?

      • Sergeant Potato

        Yes. Megapixels arent everything. My brother has an S7 and the photos it takes turn me on. Please do some research and stop being ignorant. Btw, Apple has copied countless times, and then sued the original “creators”

      • Rowan09

        Huh research I own an S7 Edge and low light and shutter speed is where it excels. I’m saying Samsung use to always brag about high mps and now they are saying the opposite. Who did they copy from and sue please tell me?

      • Heatfan316

        Look at how blatant this is.

        It’s one thing when it’s unintentional but this is blatant. You have no leg to stand on.

      • Time for a reality check.

        Apple has never copied drawings from Samsung’s patent filings pixel-by-pixel, it has never copied the icons used on Apple’s products, Apple has its own distinct design and usability style that sets it apart from everyone else.

        Samsung, on the other hand, has been confirmed IN COURT as a copyist who ripped off the iPhone to make Galaxy S3 look and feel as closely to the iPhone as possible (design crisis, much?) and it has been ordered by the court to pay massive damages.

        Even Samsung itself has confirmed it lifted iPhone features and has obliged and paid half a billion dollars to Apple in damages.

        BTW, I wanna be a paid Samsung blogger, where do I sign up?

      • Bob Smith

        Samsung is obviously the bigger copier here, but what about Apple? They’re not completely innocent either. Didn’t they copy low power mode, split screen, picture in picture, small things like that

      • Avery Zeigler

        Apple likes taking ideas from Android

      • Rowan09

        You can have a right to low power mode and split screen? Regardless Apples way of doing it is far different from Samsung. It’s like saying Google lowering the split they take from the Playstore and quick reply from Notification Center is copying Apple.

      • Sleetui

        Everyone copies each other. Just one company does it more than others.

    • Heatfan316

      Colin, you’re blind. You’re on other sites preaching the fandroid blind idiocy.

  • Jimmy Wan

    These are references. In patent writing you put in references and prior art.
    They are not trying to patent the existing Apple designs.

    • Of course not, but how stupid one must be to copy drawings from other people’s patent filings, especially if you’re a huge conglomerate like Samsung whose practice of ripping off competition wholesale has become the topic of Internet ridicule. There’s no excuse for what they have done. Imagine if Apple’s patent filing for the watch contained blatantly copied images from Samsung’ Gear smartwatch filing…

  • Sergeant Potato

    So many stupid iSheep here, it’s sad.

    • Heatfan316

      And you seem to be a blind, raging gSheep fandroid.

      • Sergeant Potato

        Typical iSheep doing what Apple does best. Copying. Try to make up your own insult, of wait. You cant. It’s just easier to steal good ideas from others.

      • Heatfan316

        Typical ignorant droid raging gSheep. Trying to be smart or funny and failing miserably.

    • techfreak23

      You do realize this is an Apple blog right…? Stupid comment

      • Sergeant Potato

        Yeah, an Apple blog full of iSheep.

    • fan_of_fanboys

      Do you know any insults besides “iSheep”?You have used it well over 20 times in last 3 months alone

  • Mike

    I believe patents are inherently wrong, how can someone forbid any other company or person to make something that looks like their product ,technically in this instance apple is “ripping off” Patek Philippe who invented the wrist watch in 1868
    Right or wrong ?

  • John D.

    If you steal someone’s Patent then fine, you have done wrong and should pay. However, as I read the many comments left here, as well as for other similar situations brought up on the Web, I just have to laugh at how naive so many people appear to be. Do so many think for a moment that Ford doesn’t have in its possession OTHER Manufacturer’s cars (and vice-versa). Do we not think that Speaker manufacturers are pulling apart each other’s Designs to see what makes them tick? Do folks really not realize that this is simply a way of Life / Industry? Sure, steal a Patent and one should pay (hence we have Patents in the first place, and it is very important that manufacturers obtain them in order to protect themselves). But please, don’t think for a moment that EVERY manufacturer out there isn’t looking at ALL that each other is doing EVERY single day of the week.

    • TechnoBuff

      Yours is one of the sensible comments amongst a bunch of ignorant and fanboy comments on this article.
      A bunch of these commentators have no clue how the world works.

    • Heatfan316

      What does that have to with submitting all of Apple’s pictures as reference designs for Samsung’s patents? Sure, go ahead and pull them apart. Disassemble them and inspect them. But you don’t just file a patent on someone else’s design.

  • Aldy

    Really ?!?! like …who cares, I don’t own apple stocks nor a family member of this company. It’s simply smart marketing.. more value for less. You can be apple hoarder, in the end apple are the one who sit and fanning their face with your hard work cash …, Dumb.. worthless argument, there something else more important issue than this.

    • AndroidMalware

      Not sure what you’re saying. What is smart marketing? The fact that Apple has the most cohesive and complete ecosystem? The superior customer support? The fact that Apple devices consistently beat their android counterparts in benchmarks, performance, and longevity of support?

      How does that relate to what Samsung did as described in this article?

      • Aldy

        “Smart marketing” , how Samsung create a similar product BUT not the same with competitor. Bring more value for less. My comment relate to the argument, not the article. It’s ridiculous how apple so worry being copied, while other manufacturer did the same thing (cars, electronics, etc) if Apple that good in quality it shouldn’t be a problem people will buy their product no matter what.
        Cohesive & complete ecosystem..lol, benchmark,performance, longevity support ? To each their own. End the end most people change their phone after at least a years, for a newest/latest feature/technology so all that are no good. Based on iPhone sales. With Android specially best mid range like Asus xeon7 and Motorola pure, with half price of the iphone but waaay better than iPhone. Back to your benchmark, performance, and longevity, is everybody a gamer or constantly on their phone to do their job using multiple apps, etc. The answer is NO..

      • Heatfan316

        Your argument is non existent. Apple isn’t worried about copying. This is an example of how samsung copies. iPhone puts android to shame in all aspects that were discussed.

  • And I thought this couldn’t get worse.

  • Adil Ratyal

    When in reality, it’s Samsung’s patent of a dockable-style watch band, while offering illustrations of how others have implemented watch bands (there’s many different types of watches depicted here). But I’m sure this will stoke some fanboy’s fire (on either side of the aisle).

    • Incorrect. I’ve read the whole filing in detail and not once does it acknowledge that Fig 10A to 10F and 11A to 11F are views illustrating how other companies have implemented this. They reference these drawings when explaining their own invention.

  • Adil Ratyal

    Save everyone some trouble: Fig 10A to 10F and 11A to 11F are views illustrating diverse shapes, structures, and materials of a first strap portion or a second strap portion in a wearable device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    And this should come to a surpise to us all?

  • davor_radic

    Actually if I compare Samsung vs Apple Samsung is inovative company. New Note 7 all in glass, waterproof, with S pen, wireless rechargble battery, hard to break aluminum part, display with HDR video on amazing AMOLED display, at least 64 GB of very fast SAMSUNG memory and posibillity to expand memory with SD card. And it is 30 g easier than iPhone 6s….amazing….

    • AndroidMalware

      None of what you mention is an innovation.

      • Harley

        In what world is waterproofing a smartphone not innovative.

      • Heatfan316

        In any world. Waterproof phones have been around since at least 2005. Casio Canu 502S / GZ’One with a 1.3MP camera and 256MB RAM.

      • AndroidMalware

        In the world that it’s been done since 2005 idiot and a thousand times over.

  • Harley

    “You literally can’t make this stuff up,” except that’s exactly what you did. This is the second article I’ve read that has reported on this who didn’t even care care to actually read the patent. The patent is for their own type of watch band and it merely shows how different watches has achieved the same thing. It looks like an apple watch BECAUSE IT IS an apple watch. If you actually read the patent you would see their own design. Not only that but it has different watches on there as well.

    • Heatfan316

      We did read the patent. This is not prior art.

    • This has nothing to do with prior art and yes, I’ve read the whole patent. They are putting those images as illustrations of diverse shapes and designs for a smartwatch of their own, and the patent text references these Apple Watch drawings as being illustrative concerning Samsung’s watch. No one is saying Samsung is attempting to patent Apple Watch. The point of the article is to make it clear how shamefully and blatantly Samsung copied Apple’s own patent drawings. I have nothing against Samsung and they’re certainly innovative in some aspects, but I just don’t like laziness on their part. You don’t just rip off someone else’s drawings wholesale and call them your own. If Apple did this, I’d be all over them. I mean, how hard is it to examine Apple’s drawings and then come up with something similar of your own that doesn’t look like a pixel-perfect replicas of Apple’s drawings.

  • Avery Zeigler

    I hate both Apple and Samsung, they copy everything and no one could care less.

  • Avery Zeigler

    (Correct me if I’m wrong, I want to know if this is incorrect) but wasn’t Pebble the first smartwatch?

  • leart

    the most squalid company ever, how can a user get a feeling with this disgusting manufacturer … they have no reputation, no etiquette nothing.. they know just to sell … and they should have no problem selling peoples credentials to…