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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The question posed was "Does anybody here think Samsung did not copy Apple?".

This has nothing to do with prior art. And I don't consider non-tablets, mock-ups and props as prior art, because that would mean warp speed starships wouldn't be innovations/inventions. I don't see the makers of Back to the Future sue the first person to market a time traveling car.

Like I stated many times it's not just one thing Samsung copied, it's multiple things. I have seen cheap Android tablets that also took a large dose of iPad inspiration, but their creators don't seem to get sued.

It doesn't matter is stuff has been done before or is obvious (with hindsight), it's Samsung making a product after the iPad that took a lot of hints from it.

If Samsung made a black rectangular shaped bezel bearing tablet I don't think Apple would have sued them. But they added an iOS clone as its operating system, made adjustments to make it look even more like iOS and put it in a box that looks like an iPad box. At tech fairs they even used the Apple app store logo (amongst others) and now a (family) related company even made covers that look like Apple's iPad 2 ones.

So it beats me why some people deny Samsung copying Apple. It's an obvious way to lift on Apple's marketing and success, like a lot of companies do in either small ways or slightly bigger ones.

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