Apple has slapped a lawsuit on another iMac lookalike for allegedly copying the iMac's design - its second lawsuit to be issued in less than two months.
On Thursday it confirmed it has sued low-cost PC manufacturer eMachines which recently launched its Windows-based eOne PC.
eMachines is a joint venture between Korea's Trigem Computer and Korea Data Systems.
The lawsuit is Apple's second in less than two months. In July, Apple sued another Korean venture Future Power and its owners Daewoo Group and Daewoo Telecom alleging that its ePower machine also copied the industrial design of the iMac.P
Both the eOne and the ePower machines sell in the US for several hundred dollars less that the iMac. Priced at around $800, the eOne is significantly cheaper than the iMac which sells for $1,200. And while both the Wintel machines are indeed translucent they have a floppy disk drive while the iMac does not.
In announcing the eMachines lawsuit, Apple interim chief executive Steve Jobs uttered almost the same words as he used when launching the Futurepower suit. This time he said: "There is an unlimited number of original designs that eMachines could have created for their computers, but instead they chose to copy Apple's designs. We've invested a lot of money and effort to create and market our award-winning computer designs, and we intend to protect them under the law.''
eMachines has steadfastly denied it was trying to copy the iMac. The two machines are definitely different shapes and during the system's launch Stephen Dukker, eMachines chief executive, said: "If you look at a picture of our machine and a picture of the iMac, they are not alike. An eMachines spokesperson could not be reached for comment on the lawsuit and Apple refused to discuss the suit further.
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