Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Aug 2011 12:07 UTC
Legal The hearing regarding the preliminary injunction in the German Apple v. Samsung case is currently under way. Biggest revelation so far? Samsung is accusing Apple of 27 (!) cases of altering pictures, all done to make Samsung's products appear more similar to Apple's than they really are. Like last time, Andreas Udo de Haes, editor at WebWereld.nl, present in the court room, is covering this. Update: It's on. Update II: Apple claims official picture of Galaxy Tab is rigged. Update III: Lolwut Apple? Update IV: Neelie Kroes is on the edge of her seat. Update V: The judge has upheld the German preliminary injunction. Final ruling on September 9.
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RE[2]: copycats
by kristoph on Thu 25th Aug 2011 16:53 UTC in reply to "RE: copycats"
kristoph
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2006-01-01

Actually, funny you should say that, because tires were patented, tubeless tires were patented, tires with added stuff to make them stronger were patented and so on.

The only reason why those round black things are used by everyone these days is that the patents have long expired. If you made one just like it (even if it was made of different stuff) while the patent was still in force you would face litigations.

That's sort of the way patents and copyrights work (not saying it's right but if you have an issue it's the laws you should be looking to change).


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RE[3]: copycats
by umccullough on Thu 25th Aug 2011 16:55 in reply to "RE[2]: copycats"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Actually, funny you should say that, because tires were patented, tubeless tires were patented, tires with added stuff to make them stronger were patented and so on.


Funny you should say that, because patents aren't the reason for this injunction. It's a "community design" case where Apple claims that Samsung's devices *look* too much like their generic drawings and utterly simplistic design.

Troll harder.

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RE[4]: copycats
by kristoph on Thu 25th Aug 2011 17:05 in reply to "RE[3]: copycats"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Actually, a 'community design' is essentially the equivalent of a 'design patent'.

(You know it's really lame to call someone a troll because they challenge your factual interpretation of an event. If you have facts to back up your position why not simply state that, why start crying 'troll'.)

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