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Samsung Accidentally Invented the Apple Watch

Image: USPTO
Image: USPTO

We get it Samsung, it’s hard playing second fiddle to Apple. You owe them a billion dollars from a four-year-old patent lawsuit, because the Samsung Galaxy was a lot like the iPhone. Another time you got a smartwatch to market, and then Apple descended from the clouds of Cupertino to declare to the world that it has revolutionized mobile electronics with the creation of a truly revolutionary smartwatch, and everyone lost their damned minds. That’s a rough life you got there buddy.


But maybe, just maybe, don’t show off a suspicious Apple Watch lookalike device in your latest patent file. As Business Insider notes, in a patent filed in January, Samsung included illustrations that look virtually identical to the Apple Watch. It’s got the dial (Apple coined it a crown), and the distinctive back. It even has the same watch band!

That’s the really egregious part of the patent, because it’s actually for a watch band. Wait, excuse me “wearable device.”

The wearable device includes a first strap portion attached or detached from a body portion and provided to allow the body portion to be worn on a human body, a second strap portion provided in the body portion to be exchanged with the first strap portion


You know those things? Apple invented them last year to save people from having their watches just fly off their wrist willy nilly and into the faces of babies?

Thank God for Apple’s clever invention am I right? Wait. I mean Samsung. Samsung is the one claiming to invent the watch wrist band.

Thank God for Samsung. Protecting baby faces everywhere.

[Business Insider]


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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).