Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:27 UTC
Legal I'm guessing Apple is getting desperate, since its software patent lawsuits aren't doing particularly well. Moving on from software and design patents, the company is now suing Samsung over... Patents for mobile phone and tablet cases (more at The Verge). I think Apple has more offensive lawsuits than products now, so technically, "patent maker" is more accurate than "gadget maker" or "device maker". Fun times.
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Tablets and Patents
by BeOSJim on Tue 20th Dec 2011 22:38 UTC
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Does any here remember the pre iPad tablets?

Typically a Windows interface, stylus needed, large tablet with handles, grips, controls, buttons all over them. Basically a stylus controlled version of (typically) Windows. My Doctors office has used them for years.

In comes the iPad. A new icon based tablet interface, touch screen, a single button at one end of the device, etc. Now they all look like that - or VERY VERY similar. Units that are either 4x3 or 16x9 screen ratios are setup the same way.

Samsung, in this case, copied the iPad design, USB cables, boxes, etc., look like Apples. I am sure we've all seen the Samsung store photo with Apple App Store and Safari icons in it.

Should these patents have been issued, no.
Did Samsung and others violate some patents, yes.
Has Apple violated some patents, yes.
It is a big mess. Reform the patent system! Please!

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