Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Oct 2012 22:11 UTC
Legal Previously redacted documents presented in the Apple-Samsung case do not support Apple's claims that Samsung issued a 'copy-the-iPhone'-order to its designers. It's pretty damning. Apple has very selectively and actively deleted sections of internal Samsung documents and talks to make it seem as if Samsung's designers were ordered to copy the iPhone. With the unredacted, full documents without Apple's deletions in hand, a completely different picture emerges: Samsung's designers are told to be as different and creative as possible. There's no 'copy the iPhone'-order anywhere, as Apple claimed. Instead, it says this: "designers rightly must make their own designs with conviction and confidence; do not strive to do designs to please me (the president); instead make designs with faces that are creative and diverse." I guess my initial scepticism about the documents was not uncalled for. What do you know - lawyers twist and turn the truth. Shocker, huh?
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Not good at following orders
by bowkota on Tue 9th Oct 2012 09:59 UTC
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If the orders from the boss were to make something much different to the iPhone they clearly failed. The first phones converged much more towards the iPhone than they diverged. And it wasn't even limited to the phone and the OS itself; it went on to packaging, advertising and retail design.

At some point they realised that making cheap plastic phones with 4.5 inch screens are much easier to make (more volume for battery, easier to cramp every component inside) and it was the only way they could differentiate from the iPhone so they went down that road.

When it comes to twisting the facts leave it to Groklaw and Thom; they seem just as competent (if not more) than most lawyers.

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