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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Who invented the web browser, Tim-Berners Lee, or the guys behind Netscape?

Applying this to the current situation:

Who invented the smartphone, IBM, or Apple?

Who invented the graphical user interface, Xerox, or Apple?

Who invented the mouse, Douglas Engelbart, or Apple?

Who invented the tablet, GRiD, or Apple?

See what I mean?

Unfortunately you make a really good point, but you obviously don't see it. Tim-Berners Lee might have "invented" the world wide web, but Netscape made it what it is today. Xerox might have made a GUI based computer, but Apple took that and introduced overlapping windows, menus, etc. and made it into what people now associate with a computer. Engelbart might have invented the mouse, but to get from there to the ball mouse that eventually shipped with the Mac was a massive change. "Inventions" that are little more than tech demos are largely useless. And to take away the massive investment that companies like Netscape and Apple made to take what was, for all intents and purposes, a good idea and turn that into a desirable product, well, you can go back to Lee's internet, pre-iPad tablets and pre Mac GUIs and let us know how much you enjoy it.

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