Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Aug 2012 22:14 UTC
Legal "The web has been alight these past few weeks with the details of the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit. It's been a unique opportunity to peer behind the curtain of how these two companies operate, as the trial seeks to answer the question: did Samsung copy Apple? But there's actually another question that I think is much more interesting to the future of innovation in the technology industry: regardless of whether the courts say that Samsung copied Apple or not, would we all be better off if we allowed - even encouraged - companies to copy one another?" This is very relevant.
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Even more ridiculous mental acrobatics point out many variants that are different as if that proved malice - do you really think there are that many variants of doing it, if somebody constantly changes them?

Ultimately, it's about iconography that's familiar to people, a kind of universal language - of course many variants will be close (do you also expect each place to have very different road signs? know, identical could be "infringing", somebody designs them, their details). Understand it's like mouse pointers by now, which are also very similar in their depictions of common basic idea/functionality.

Edited 2012-08-28 00:07 UTC

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