Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Aug 2011 20:30 UTC
Legal "In its case against Samsung Electronics in the Netherlands, Apple is demanding an extensive ban on all Galaxy series smartphones and tablets, including a complete recall of stock by European distributors and resellers. Apple's complaint against Samsung in The Hague district court is much more comprehensive than previously thought. It's not only broader in its legal scope than a separate, ongoing Apple complaint against Samsung in Germany, but an injunction could have a 'huge impact' on the entire European market for smartphones and tablets, according to Alastair Edwards, principal analyst at Canalys." That's how far Apple is willing to go. They are willing to screw over countless resellers - some big, some small, one-shop affairs - because they don't like competition. I wonder how the Grubers of this world are going to spin this one. Hey Steve, I've got another extremely successful Android phone maker for you to sue.
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RE[7]: Well...
by Neolander on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 10:04 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Well..."
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How can Apple steal stuff that hasn't been made yet? Star Trek is set way in to the future. Steve himself said Apple can't break the laws of physics, yet.

Except Star Trek is not something from the future. It's a modern-day fiction show. Which means that modern-day designers worked on it, and came up with the tablet design.

(And in a better way, I think, since ST's tablets can apparently be thrown around without breaking. Metal and glass sure are aesthetically pleasing, but not such a good idea on a device that you carry around... Oh, well, guess someone will someday figure out that plastic is not only suitable for cheap stuff)

Edited 2011-08-22 10:04 UTC

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RE[8]: Well...
by MOS6510 on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 11:05 in reply to "RE[7]: Well..."
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Everything is unbreakable if you can retake the shot. :-p

But what is a Star Trek tablet? It's a prop, it doesn't even work or is able to play Angry Birds.

So it's not even in the same segment as a tablet computer. One is a prop in a studio, the other a consumer device. Not sure if Star Trek could sue Apple for the iPad's look.

It's not like people will watch Star Trek less, because they already have an iPad. Perhaps, a very big perhaps with snow in top, some people buy an iPad because they are Star Trek fans so Apple is making money thanks to Star Trek?

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RE[9]: Well...
by Neolander on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 11:11 in reply to "RE[8]: Well..."
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Well, the basis of this prior art discussion is that Apple is suing people over the basic tablet design, not so much over "real" product characteristics. So if a rectangular touch-sensitive shape with rounded corners is patentable, I think Star Trek designers could reasonably claim that they have prior art for Apple's "community design".

Just my 2 cents, though.

Edited 2011-08-22 11:14 UTC

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