It was just four days ago now, August 15th, when evidence surfaced online proving Apple had manipulated pictures of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in a submission to the German court system. Essentially, Apple altered a picture of a Galaxy Tab to be the same size as the iPad. The argument has been made that the submission also shows some real life pictures of the two devices, but no matter how you look at it, there is still a fake picture of a Galaxy Tab next to an iPad in a court document. And that picture was used to compare just how similar the two devices are. It’s shady business, and apparently, a commonly used weapon in Apple’s legal arsenal.
Another manipulated image in the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung has been made public today. This time, in a submission to the Dutch legal system, Apple presented an altered picture of a Galaxy S next to an iPhone 3G. The Galaxy S comes in at 122.4 x 64.2 mm, while the iPhone 3G measures 115.5 x 62.1 mm. In the picture though, both devices appear to be the same size.
There is some text in the filing that goes against the picture submitted, like where Apple has said the Galaxy S has “some non-identical elements, such as the slightly larger dimensions.” But again, when trying to show how similar Samsung’s devices are to Apple’s, a manipulated document was the one chosen to be submitted. Samsung’s lawyer, Bas Berghuis of Simmons and Simmons, finally made the remark that Apple has been “manipulating visual evidence, making Samsung’s devices appear more similar to Apple’s.” Unfortunately, he ultimately failed to provide evidence of this.
We’ll be sure to bring you more on Apple and Samsung’s legal battles as they continue to develop.