Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th May 2011 17:23 UTC, submitted by John
Legal In order to not overwhelm OSNews with even more legal news, I didn't report on the recent developments in Apple v. Samsung until we had some more stuff to consolidate. Well, since the goings been getting good lately there, let's talk about it. Samsung was ordered to hand over a slew of unreleased products and materials to Apple, and now, Samsung, for its part, has demanded that Apple hands over the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 to Samsung. If they exist. This is gettin' good.
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Look and feel
by Moredhas on Sun 29th May 2011 22:21 UTC
Moredhas
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2008-04-10

In all fairness, when the Galaxy S came out, it really did look a whole lot like the iPhone 3G and 3GS. There are reasonable crounds for thinking Samsung have copied Apple's previously released products, and the icons used on the Galaxy s (at least before it's first firmware update, I think there have been subtle changes since then) did look a lot like the iPhone's; although there isn't really much to work with, in that amount of space.

Other manufacturors have made devices with large glass touchscreens and few visible buttons, though, and it's more a matter of style and fashion than Apple's obscure concept of "trade dress" or whatever they're calling it. Given the imminent release of the Galaxy S II and the inevitable announcement of another iteration of the iPhone at the WWDC next month, this lawsuit's purpose is painfully clear to me. Apple aren't seeking to have Samsung's device barred from the market FOR EVAR, nor are they really after some obscene cash payout (but hey, reach for the stars, right?). What they really want is a brief stay on Samsung being able to ship the S II until after the iPhone iteration has been in the market for about a month. The Galaxy S, after it picked up momentum, made a huge impact in Apple's iPhone sales due to the poor stock levels and only just beating it to the market, and I think Apple are keen to avoid a repeat.

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RE: Look and feel
by tupp on Sun 29th May 2011 23:48 in reply to "Look and feel"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

In all fairness, when the Galaxy S came out, it really did look a whole lot like the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

The Iphone looks a lot like the LG Prada, which was winning design awards months before Jobs first introduced the Iphone in 2007. Here is an article from December 15th, 2006, that mentions one of the design awards that the Prada had already won: http://mobile.engadget.com/2006/12/15/the-lg-ke850-touchable-chocol...

The Iphone was the same shape/size, had a full touchscreen like the Prada, had a button on the bottom, like the Prada and had a similar shiny bezel.

Now, whether one product looks like another can be very subjective (although most would probably agree that the design differences between the Prada and the Iphone are trivial). However, if Apple fanboys cite such subjectivity (to avoid condemnation on copying the Prada), how can Apple fanboys rightfully claim that Samsung is copying Apple's design?

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RE[2]: Look and feel
by kristoph on Sun 29th May 2011 23:52 in reply to "RE: Look and feel"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Fortunately, it's not the Apple or the Android fanbois who get to decide but rather judges and juries.

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