Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Sep 2011 21:43 UTC
Legal So, after a bunch of attacks from Apple, Samsung seems to have gone on the offensive against the gadget maker from Cupertino - and big time, too. In three countries, France, Australia, and South Korea, Samsung has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Apple - with the South Korea suit being the weird one. Unlike Apple's software patents and napkin scribbles community designs, Samsung is using actual hardware patents.
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RE: Samsung strikes back!
by mrstep on Tue 20th Sep 2011 20:44 UTC in reply to "Samsung strikes back!"
mrstep
Member since:
2009-07-18

It's a design patent, not a technical patent. WTF. How complicated is it? If you copy the look of a competing product almost exactly, you can get called on it. If you start selling a professional computer tower that happens to look just like the Mac Pro, do you think that should work too? How about a Gerrari that looks just like a Ferrari?

The patent system is a broken joke, about to get even worse in the US, but that doesn't make trade dress violations part of that.

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RE[2]: Samsung strikes back!
by tupp on Wed 21st Sep 2011 00:26 in reply to "RE: Samsung strikes back!"
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2006-11-12

After looking at this comparison between the Samsung tablet and and the Ipad, I have to conclude that you are correct in saying that Samsung copied Apple: http://images.dailytech.com/nimage/21773_Samsung_Picture_Frame_v_iP...

Oh... wait that is photo of the Ipad next to the Samsung digital image display, which was released four years before the Ipad was first announced.

Well, of course that Samsung design doesn't count, because, although the Ipad looks just like it on the front, the Samsung is just a digital picture display. If Samsung had put computer electronics inside that item, then we could safely say that Apple copied the external look of Samsung device... er... uh ...never mind.

Even the Crunchpad prototype and final design shamelessly copied the Ipad: http://techcrunch.com/2009/06/03/crunchpad-the-launch-prototype/

Oh, wait... this article is dated a full six months prior to the first announcement of the Ipad.

What I really hate is when non-electronics companies try to steal a concept for a design and claim it as their own. Here is such an example, the Knight-Ridder tablet concept: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBEtPQDQNcI

Such a blatant ripoff of the Ipad design should not go unpunished, and Apple should... um... Sorry, but it seems that this video was made in 1994 -- sixteen years before the Ipad was first announuced.

Wait, remind me, who is doing the copying?

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RE[3]: Samsung strikes back!
by mrstep on Wed 21st Sep 2011 03:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Samsung strikes back!"
mrstep Member since:
2009-07-18

" If Samsung had put computer electronics inside that item, then we could safely say "

We could then safely say that it would have had a bunch of buttons and lights on the frame prior to Apple designing tablets without them. The design rights Apple has aren't for a picture frame, it's for a tablet.

"Even the Crunchpad prototype"

Even mockups of what the unnamed-at-the-time rumored Apple tablet might look like looked like that. Which was an extension of the iPod touch / iPhone design. Remember the 'it looks like a bit iPod touch' comments? Do you remember the ones where people said 'it looks like a big Samsung media player'? Yeah, me neither.

"Sorry, but it seems that this video was made in 1994 -- sixteen years before the Ipad was first announuced."

Wow, and if Samsung made a tablet that looked like that one, there wouldn't be a problem. That one has a lumpy bit that sticks out on the backside near the top center and has a 'chin' - the thicker frame on the bottom edge. That wouldn't actually count as looking the same in terms of people confusing it with an existing product.

"Wait, remind me, who is doing the copying?"

http://deviceguru.com/files/gtab-unboxing-04.jpg

Certainly, I'll be happy to: That would still be Samsung in this case. Look at the iPad unboxing above for an example... oh, sorry, looks like that's Samsung's pad including 30-pin connector for good copying measure.

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