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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The major consequence of Apple's failure (at least until now) to protect its designs has been a market dominated by Apple imitators, with reduced diversity of options available to consumers. For example, Palm's WebOS phones, despite positive reviews, failed not because of lawsuits from Apple, but because they were overwhelmed by the flood of cheap Android iClones from manufacturers who (because they did not have to invest in creating their own original designs, and were able to take advantage of Apple having already done the market testing) were able to undercut Palm. Blackberry looks likely to be the next victim.

So ironically, the consequence of an Apple loss will be that consumers will have few choices other than phones that emulate Apple's designs (which are fine designs, but not necessarily so perfect that they should be the only options available)

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