Apple apple seems to think so, and at least one judge agrees.
Although Samsung maintains that the patent violation filed addresses “just one aspect of the overall design,” according to the Cheat Sheet on the Daily Beast, the fruity computer giant called the Android based tablet a “blatant copy.”
As a user of both Android and an i-Device, I can see where Apple might have an argument. Both devices have some of the same general functions. They both primarily on Apps, both contribute to clouds, one run by Apple the other by Google. But where I find the biggest difference is how they operate. The Apple experience is far more controlled than that of the Android. And while you may get to perform fancy magic-like gestures with the iPad, it does not replace the overal general functionality of the Android OS
What is bound to be a lengthy lawsuit is sure to reveal is how much intellectual property law has evolved. Full success on the part of Apple could affect more than mobile devices. Those who enjoy the sin of double-stuff generic Oreos may be just as at risk, since Nabisco thought of it first.