Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Jul 2013 15:23 UTC
Humor "Surprise, surprise, a certain Korean company copies more of Apple's product design. When Apple launched the iPad mini in October 2012, Apple explained the design: the almost 8" screen size and thin border allow one-handed use. Now, the new 8" Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has the same border design as the iPad mini." From what I can only assume is the The Onion of technology reporting. I love humour like this on a lazy Friday afternoon.
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RE: This did make laugh though...
by tupp on Sat 20th Jul 2013 21:34 UTC in reply to "This did make laugh though..."
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... someone at Google is probably feeling a bit embarrassed ;)

Probably not.

Only Apple fan boys and others who are extremely naive on design and the patent process are impressed by this comparison. The similarity of the drawings has absolutely nothing to do with one party lifting innovation from another party.

Anyone savy to design and engineering can see that the Google drawing was merely used to illustrate a physical configuration relating to a process (for user presence detection?) while the Apple drawing is for something more specific and technical (probably relating to the elongated trackpad). I didn't even look at the two patents in question, but I am 99% positive that the claims in each patent are different.

What probably happened was that someone at Google showed the Apple drawing to the patent attorney or to the patent draftsman, and the Google person said to make a drawing of a laptop that looks like that with view lines coming out of the camera. The patent draftsman took it too literally and pressed the "easy button" by tracing/copying the Apple drawing. Nobody bothered to change anything after the fact, because redoing it would cost money, and because the similarity between the Apple and Google drawings are actually immaterial to the patent claims.

At any rate, it is amazing that anybody would consider an elongated trackpad to be patentable, and, likewise, it is amazing that someone would consider patentable such an obvious process as that in the Google application.

What would be more damning is if someone claimed that a company invented something when prior art actually exists. Such is the case with Apple fanboys claiming that Apple invented "thin" bezels.

Here is a photo of the original LG Prada:

Note the thinner bezels on the side compared to the bezels on the top and bottom. Does the Prada's bezel configuration remind you of anything?

"Thin" side bezels were not invented by Apple with the Ipad Mini -- such a "design" existed years before the Ipad Mini. The "design" even existed before the Iphone and the Ipod Touch, as the Prada was winning design awards a year before those Apple products were released.

There is probably other prior art from years before, but the notion that anybody "invented" thin bezels is so ridiculous that it is not worth finding and linking such examples.

Edited 2013-07-20 21:35 UTC

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