Samsung used drawings of the Apple Watch when filing a new patent for a wearable device, at least that's what the accompanying drawings appear to show.
The patent relates to modifications the company has planned to improve the original, somewhat humdrum, 2013 Samsung Gear. The patent details a device with swappable straps and a familiar charging array on the back of the watch face.
Patent number 20160223992 for a 'wearable device' even went so far as to say that the device "may be coupled with the band for fixing through a structure, such as a separated buckle or a continuous integral buckle, through a magnetic attracting force, or through a hooked ring or hooked member".
But the patent filing, which appears to use drawings of the Apple Watch, looks like Samsung has set itself up for another legal clash with Apple.
The filing continues: "Other aspects, advantages and salient features of the disclosure will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description which, taken in conjunction with the annexed drawings, discloses various embodiments of the present disclosure."
The incident is surprising given the long-running clashes between Apple and Samsung over patents, from core technologies to designs, the latter of which has seen Samsung face legal bills as high as $1bn, although these have been lowered over time.
Samsung, Apple, Google and Lenovo, among others, have all made land grabs to own as many patents as possible for existing technology and those that might prove key to the future of mobile devices.
Despite the clear interest in wearable technology from the likes of Samsung and Apple, the market remains slow. Recent data suggests that shipments have fallen by as much as 55 per cent.
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