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Google (and others) warned Samsung against copying Apple, according to Apple [Apple vs Samsung]

[1]Gearing up for battle, Samsung is prepared to use Apple against itself [2]. In contrast, Apple is prepared to use Google [3], Samsung, and external designers against Samsung. Apple [4] is alleging Samsung was warned by multiple parties that Samsung products related too closely to Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

As per Apple’s trial brief, Apple is very clear it is accusing Samsung [5] of intentionally copying Apple designs:

“Samsung’s documents show the similarity of Samsung’s products is no accident or, as Samsung would have it, a ‘natural evolution.’ Rather, it results from Samsung’s deliberate plan to free-ride on the iPhone’s and iPad’s extraordinary success by copying their iconic designs and intuitive user interface. Apple will rely on Samsung’s own documents, which tell an unambiguous story.”

As AllThingsD points out, a few points Apple makes are damning:

[6]While Apple’s argument may appear incriminating, Samsung, obviously, isn’t a sitting duck. As already pointed out, Samsung plans on showing the court that Apple copied Sony’s design [2]; other defenses of Samsung include an internal user interface design document from 2006 that illustrates a UI similar to the iPhone (iPhone debuted in 2007 and the Samsung document is from 2006 meaning Samsung says it was already working on something similar before iPhone came out) and an illustration showing the evolution of Samsung phone designs pre and post iPhone. Let’s see who’s stance convinces the jury.

[via AllThingsD [7] | Image credit: Volt Kraken [8]]