posted by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:29 UTC
IconWell. Raise your hands if you didn't see this one coming. Nobody is safe from Apple's and Microsoft's legal crusade against Android, not even Samsung, which supplies a lot of chips to Apple. Apple has sued Samsung for copying Cupertino's look and feel in various Samsung devices. This is about as surprising as the tides rolling in. Update: And Samsung's going to strike back. Hit 'm hard, Samsung. I don't like you anymore than any of these other patent trolls, but maybe we'll finally see it all crash and burn.

It's the usual drill. We're used to this by now - I ought to make a template for these lawsuits in the mobile space. "Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products," Apple claims in the lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, Apple shows several devices side-by-side, and it's indeed hard to argue that the Samsung Galaxy i9000 music player doesn't look like the 3GS. However, it's quite easy to make these sort of comparisons. This is what PalmOS looked like. Looks a hell of a lot like iOS to me - especially since competitors from PalmOS' days, Windows Mobile and Symbian and the like, looked a hell of a lot different. iOS is also built on the shoulders of giants, and has taken a lot of cues from PalmOS.

The same applies to the other smartphone operating systems and smartphone devices of today. Windows Phone 7, for instance, is going to copy webOS' multitasking card interface. Similarly, iOS copied the focus on applications from PalmOS by having the homescreen being a list of applications. This is the way we progress technologically.

Let's talk about something else, just because I'm so tired of all these lawsuits. Don't you all agree with me that red is the best colour in the world? In all seriousness - I don't know what I can say that I haven't already said when covering these countless lawsuits. I just don't care anymore. Screw the patent system. It's broken, and it will remain broken as long as companies have more clout with lawmakers than the people do.

I mean honestly - we're talking design patents here. A patent on a design. That's basically a patent on art! Has this world gone entirely insane?

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