Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:29 UTC
Legal Well. 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.
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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PenPoint_OS

We can do this all day, you do realise that, right?

Or the GriDPAD, the IBM Simon, or even conceptually, the Dynabook, and... And...

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Stratoukos Member since:
2009-02-11
thavith_osn Member since:
2005-07-11

Thing is, it wasn't Palm that started this going, Apple was doing it many years before. Palm took their idea from Apple, and did a much better job of it too.

PenPoint was earlier (at least to manufacturing), so maybe you should have just mentioned them, not Palm.

As for should Apple sue?
I think if someone is ripping off the look & feel, then yes, they have every right to protect that. If they are just copying functionality, then that is another question all together. I think for the sake of everyone, we should never be allowed to sue for that.

If I create a new car, Mercedes shouldn't be able to sue me, but if I create a new car that looks like their SLK, then I think they do have the right to protect that (even if it doesn't drive like one).

(sorry for yet another car analogy - LOL)

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

If I create a new car, Mercedes shouldn't be able to sue me, but if I create a new car that looks like their SLK, then I think they do have the right to protect that (even if it doesn't drive like one).


Are you sure it's actually illegal? Is this covered by design patent law?

I seem to recall there are commercial kits out there to re-create fancy cars (like a Ferrari on a Fiero chassis for example) - and somehow I doubt they're getting permission from the original car manufacturer to create these kits.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

If I create a new car, Mercedes shouldn't be able to sue me, but if I create a new car that looks like their SLK, then I think they do have the right to protect that (even if it doesn't drive like one).


I don't know if it is illegal or not here, but I do certainly think it shouldn't be: as long as you don't actually try to sell it as a Mercedes SLK or use their logos you should be allowed to make it downright 100% identical excluding the logos and any possible extra branding.

After all, there are only so many ways of making something and if we allow companies to sue people for creating something even remotely similar we'll sooner or later be in a situation where even creating a simple box is illegal. Besides I just do not support the idea of limiting what one can create as long as they don't try to pose it off as someone else's work.

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kittynipples Member since:
2006-08-02

Well we should all be able to concede that until the iPhone, Android was just going to be an unoriginal Blackberry OS knockoff.

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