Eight years on, Apple employees still sore about Samsung copying

From CNET

Richard Howarth, a senior director of Apple's design team, testifies about Apple iPhone patents, examined by Apple attorney Joe Mueller as US District Judge Lucy Koh looks on.

Richard Howarth, a senior director of Apple’s design team, testifies about Apple iPhone patents, examined by Apple attorney Joe Mueller as US District Judge Lucy Koh looks on.


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It’s been years since Samsung smartphones were found to have infringed several Apple iPhone patents, but some folks are still sore.

“It was blatantly ripped off. They tried to steal the essential flavor of the iPhone,” said Richard Howarth, a senior director of Apple’s design team and one of two lead iPhone designers, testifying at a damages trial for Samsung’s infringement where Apple is seeking $1 billion. “They were trying to rip off part of the iconic nature and say, ‘We’re cool, too,'” he said Tuesday. 

Howarth, who has worked at Apple for 22 years, is listed as…

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