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 WebWereld.nl, 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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Comment by mercury
by mercury on Fri 12th Aug 2011 02:20 UTC
mercury
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2009-01-24

"this is an iPad"

What I see by watching that Knight Ridder video is a pen based e-reader. The iPad is the sum of it features and how they are implemented. This covers the physical design, interface design, the ability to run apps and browse the web with finger input and respond to other physical senors such as the accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, voice, etc.... it's how all these things are combined and presented that make the difference. This is a poor example of "prior art". A windows based tablet would make a better subject but of course that is not an iPad either. Maybe they should just show a few classic Star Trek episodes.

That said, I strongly believe all software and process patents should be abolished - pure evil.

Edited 2011-08-12 02:29 UTC

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RE: Comment by mercury
by wirespot on Fri 12th Aug 2011 08:47 in reply to "Comment by mercury"
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

[...]it's how all these things are combined and presented that make the difference. This is a poor example of "prior art".


You're missing something: we're not talking functionality. This case is not based on patents. It's based on looks.

The Knight Ridder (and many other devices) look very much like the iPad and preceed it by many years. That makes it excellent prior art from the design viewpoint.

The Community Designs in the EU are currently stupid. Apple is abusing a very broken system. I hope the decision gets overturned and the designs system overhauled. Not sure if Apple can get slapped with a fine (after all, they were using an existing system within the rules and law of the EU, it's not like they did anything illegal) -- but I'd sure like that.

They're not content with having the best product, they're not content with making incredible amounts of money, now they want to kill competition completely? That's crossing the line; they went from "justifiably arrogant" into "insane megalomaniac" territory.

However, I don't believe Jobs is insane or stupid. So I'm chucking this down as a strategic move. Even if they get a hefty fine, Apple can afford it (got tons of cash). What they wanted is to slow down the spread of the Samsung Tab and they achieved that. It will take Samsung months to get their 10" tablets moving again, possibly missing the 2011 Xmas.

Edited 2011-08-12 08:50 UTC

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