Apple Sues eMachines For Copying iMac

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Apple Computer filed a complaint against eMachines Inc. yesterday for illegally copying the industrial design of Apple's popular iMac computer.

The complaint, filed in U.S. Federal Court in San Jose, Calif., seeks to enjoin eMachines from distributing computers that illegally copy Apple's designs, and asks for damages.

"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," said Steve Jobs, Apple's interim CEO. "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."

An eMachines spokeswoman said the eOne computer (the target of the lawsuit) is still being sold through eMachines' web site and through Circuit City.

Apple filed a similar lawsuit against Future Power and Daewoo on July 1.

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