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[5]: Comment by Tony Swash
by unclefester on Sun 6th Nov 2011 23:48 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Tony Swash"
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Companies typically plan products many years ahead. Once the technology becomes cheap enough they build.

Cheap touchscreens became available so touchscreen phones were marketed.

The iPod and Mac designs design were blatantly stolen from 1960s Braun catalogues.

The iPad is a direct copy of the 1987 Knight-Ridder concept tablet.

The iPhone is a copy of the LG Prada.

Edited 2011-11-06 23:51 UTC

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