Days after Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy Watch Active, the company's third-party developers now seem to have copied their downloadable smartwatch faces from Swiss watchmaker Swatch. Swatch filed a $ 100 million lawsuit on Friday, and the company's complaint is full of images of watches appearing seemingly dead rings for Watchfaces, which you can buy for Samsung Gear Sport, Gear S3 Classic and Frontier. Some of them can be seen above and below.
Swatch claims that more than 30 of Samsung's watchfaces with brands that were already owned were "identical or nearly identical." The complaint, as discovered by Reuters (1
These Samsung Watchfaces, available for download in the Galaxy Apps Store, were developed by third-party vendors, although Samsung still generates part of the revenue, the complaint said. Swatch noted that one of them, the Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater, was a unique collector's clock and cost about $ 650,000.
Swatch claims in the lawsuit that it had direct exposure to Samsung at the end of December and shared a list of watchfaces that were suspiciously similar to those already created by Swatch. While Samsung allegedly removed the watchfaces, things did not go as far as Swatch wanted them to – Samsung did not admit that it copied Watchfaces and was unwilling to review the entire Galaxy Apps Store, Swatch claims.
And even after Samsung responded, Swatch announced that new watchfaces had appeared in the sale of Galaxy Apps, which still seemed to be copying swatch designs in color and style. Samsung later confirmed in a letter dated February 15 that some watchfaces were deleted, but not all, indicating to Swatch that the message did not come through.
"Given Samsung's inappropriate response, it can be concluded that the defendants will continue to violate the trademarks, causing further losses and damage to the Swatch Group companies," Swatch wrote. It is demanding a lawsuit in New York seeking $ 100 million in damages.
Swatch has taken legal action in the past for suing Target for allegedly copying watch designs, Tiffany & Co for failing to do business, and even […] Bloomberg for allegedly recording a merit call. In 2015, reports surfaced that Swatch had filed 173 smartwatch patents, many since 2012.