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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Look 'n' Feel is a copyright issue
by chekr on Tue 19th Apr 2011 05:21 UTC
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Just a heads up that look and feel falls under the purview of copyright law, not patent law.

Deciding as to whether Samsung copied Apple or whether this is just a logical way in which one would design such an interface from a clean sheet is the crux of this case...

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organgtool Member since:

Just a heads up that look and feel falls under the purview of copyright law, not patent law.

Actually, look and feel doesn't fall under the purview of any intellectual property laws. Apple already tried this 17 years ago against Microsoft. According to Wikipedia, the court ruled that "Apple cannot get patent-like protection for the idea of a graphical user interface, or the idea of a desktop metaphor [under copyright law]...".

Apple knows it doesn't have a case. They're just trying to give Samsung a hard time and potentially get better deals on their hardware supplies.

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siimo Member since:

Do they really think if even you can understand this than Samsung and their lawyers wont?

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