Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Nov 2011 22:20 UTC
Legal This is probably not entirely surprising. The European Commission has announced that it is investigating both Apple and Samsung because they may have breached antitrust rules with regard to patents used as standard in the mobile phone industry - otherwise known as FRAND patents. While the EC states it's investigating both Samsung and Apple, it's likely the investigation focusses on Samsung.
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RE[3]: Comment by Tony Swash
by JAlexoid on Sun 6th Nov 2011 15:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Tony Swash"
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If it was completely obvious, why didn't anyone else think of bringing it to market in the way as the iPhone did?"
That alone does not merit any kind of protection, much less a 20year one. There are hundreds of innovations being brought into hundreds of markets ever year; that does not mean iPhone was something out of the ordinary except for the size of the market.

Before the iPhone, almost all smartphones had buttons. Many executives laughed at the fact the iPhone didn't have any. Nowadays you'll be hard pressed to find an Android which still has a keyboard. "
Finder touch oriented UI - I will give that to Apple. For bringing it to the market that is, not inventing it or anything even remotely similar.

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