Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:33 UTC
Legal Day 2 is underway in the Apple v. Samsung case in The Netherlands, a microcosm of what would have happened in Germany, had Germany implemented the concept of due process. Most interesting bit so far? Samsung is using the Knight Ridder tablet from 1994 as a case of prior art. I was unaware of this device, but be sure to watch the video - this is an iPad. Amazing. This doesn't actually surprise me though - my father worked at a large newspaper company his entire life until he retired a few years ago, and in the early '90s, he already attended demonstrations of devices like this, taking home promotional material that amazed my child brain. This was supposed to be the future of newspapers, until development on these kinds of devices suddenly halted - my father never understood why. Update: Forgot to mention that like yesterday, Andreas Udo de Haes, editor at, present in the court room, is covering this. This time, in English. Update II: Samsung has presented 20 cases of prior art for both tablets and smartphones. Update III: I'm liking Samsung's lawyers.
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RE[2]: Neat
by cfgr on Thu 11th Aug 2011 12:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Neat"
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What is wrong with competition these days? Can you imagine a paper factory blocking competitors because their products are also white, thin, rectangular, and something to write on? Can you imagine if someone blocked anything similar to a box on four wheels? Can you imagine we had patents 10000 years ago and someone blocked the design of a round wheel? Hey, it's ok if you make a wheel too, we are not anti-competitive here, just don't make it look round like ours.

This isn't a trademark issue. You cannot mistake an iPad for a Samsung tablet because it is clearly labeled as such. Samsung doesn't try to sell its tablets as iPads, it tries to compete.

It's always been like this: a company makes a product based on ideas they've seen elsewhere, along with some of their own too. A competitor shows up, takes some good ideas from the first company, adds their own ideas and releases a competing product. This forces both companies to keep improving. Ultimately this should result in the best product (or most wanted product) for everyone.

So where are all these free market liberals you used to see? Most discussions are now overwhelmed by Apple fans trying to defend something that directly violates the core of our economy. It actually saddens me that people can be so blind for a company. Abuse should be severely punished, it doesn't matter if it's Apple, Microsoft, Google or the pope.

Did someone consider filing a complaint to Nelie Kroes yet?

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RE[3]: Neat
by Soulbender on Thu 11th Aug 2011 14:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Neat"
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So where are all these free market liberals you used to see?

Companies, especially large ones, only want free markets and competition as long as they are the underdog.

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