Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Aug 2012 12:24 UTC, submitted by henderson101
Legal "Comparing Samsung's flagship products before and after release of the iPhone & iPad, and how Apple's intellectual property infringement claims hold up." A terrible visual guide that ignores not only Samsung's own pre-iPhone designs, but also - and worse yet - the thirty-odd years of mobile computing that preceded the iPhone. Typical of today's technology world: a complete and utter lack of historical sense. Worse yet are the claims about icons: only the phone icon is similar, but Apple did not invent the green phone icon. This is a remnant of virtually all earlier phones which use a green phone icon for initiate/answer call, and a red phone icon for terminate/reject call. Claiming this deserves IP protection is beyond ridiculous, and shows just how low Apple is willing to go.
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RE[5]: Terrible?
by Tony Swash on Tue 7th Aug 2012 17:34 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Terrible?"
Tony Swash
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The sad thing I see is that people who seem to genuinely care about technology, about innovation and about ethics in business are seduced by a company as shitty as Samsung. It simply isn't true that your enemy's enemy is your friend.

Samsung has a history of copying other companies products.

http://www.businessinsider.com/samsung-copies-2012-1?op=1

The hyper vocal critics of Apple deep inability to see what shifty and sleazy company they are keeping is connected to a deeper and more pernicious ideology which is the constant attempts to deny that Apple is innovative, and is in fact one of the most innovative tech companies around and as a result has a lot more IP which is relevant and cutting edge at stake than many other companies.

A good example of this is the utter refusal to accept the blindingly obvious which is that the iPhone was an inflection product that changed the smart phone industry and the market completely, and which all other smart makers struggled to deal with. Instead we get tedious and facile and seemingly endless dredging up of this photo, this product, this bit of history just prove that the iPhone was not an inflection point an game changer. Its intellectually vacuous.

Almost all existing handset makers have failed to respond to the iPhone successfully and have as a result suffered intense commercial maginilsation but Samsung, building on it's ruthless commitment to copy successful products, did the only thing open to them: they copied Apple wholesale, the look, the design, the packaging.

Of course if one picks apart the minutiae of that copying it can be made to sound absurd, a shape here, a colour here, a look there. But that's just the result of forensic pedantry. Just take one step back and it is utterly obvious, Samsung responded to the threat and the disruption of the iPhone (and subsequently the iPad) by copying it. It was a tactic they had used before but this time someone has stood up to them, And anybody concerned with technology, ethics and the future of innovation should Applaud Apple for doing that.

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