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[6]: copycats
by kristoph on Thu 25th Aug 2011 21:14 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: copycats"
kristoph
Member since:
2006-01-01

Ok, well, let's call a truce on the trolling and let me beat you up on your interpretation of the facts ....

from Wikipedia:

Design patents are a type of industrial design right.


... and ...

A Community design is a unitary industrial design right that covers the European Community.


Convinced?

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RE[7]: copycats
by daedalus on Fri 26th Aug 2011 07:30 in reply to "RE[6]: copycats"
daedalus Member since:
2011-01-14

I just wish I'd registered a community design on a PC tower case. A large cuboid with a power button on the front and slots for a couple of optical drives. Surely nobody could've come up with that idea independently?

Yes, the S2 looks like the iPhone, but even when the iPhone originally came out there had been PDAs and other devices which were mostly screen and a button or two on one end. There are only so many combinations to that form that can be made before they all start looking like each other. Not from copying another design, but because they're all so bloody close.

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RE[7]: copycats
by ddc_ on Sun 28th Aug 2011 23:17 in reply to "RE[6]: copycats"
ddc_ Member since:
2006-12-05

If You carried on with this investigation, You would find out, that the word "patent" in "disgn patent" is derived from the latin word "patens" (certificate), while the term patent (without "design") is derived from the word "patere" (to lay open). This happened because "patent" and "design patent" denote *unrelated* exclusive rights.

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