Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Oct 2011 19:05 UTC
Legal Yes, I'm hearing you guys - time to tone down a bit on the patent news. Hence, a summary here of recent developments concerning the various legal cases between Samsung and Apple. Today in The Netherlands, the judge ruled [Dutch] that Samsung will not be able to block the iPhone/iPad from the Dutch market. In the meantime, the Australian courts upheld the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, while the American courts ruled that while the Tab indeed infringes upon Apple's design patents, Apple has not yet convinced the judge that that actually matters. Tying this all together with earlier rulings we already covered - it seems like judges across the world are really, really willy-nilly. Update: DailyTech has some detailed visual comparisons between Samsung's and Apple's devices, as well with the various design patents. Huh. You don't say.
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RE[2]: The real loser...
by MacTO on Fri 14th Oct 2011 22:01 UTC in reply to "RE: The real loser..."
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The problem is that Apple's current designs tend to be a case that hugs the internal components. And it interacts with the human hand. There is very little that can be changed in the design unless: (a) they artificially bulk up their devices, (b) places elements that the user interacts with in awkward to manage locations, and (c) uses colours/designs that do not fit with current (fashion) trends. All of this would place companies like Samsung at a disadvantage simply because it involves things that consumers don't want. (Note: I'm not saying that they want Apple clones, I'm just saying that the minimalist mentality has pretty much made it impossible for anyone to make a competing product without cloning the product.)

We aren't talking about something like a G3 or G4 iMac, where there is plenty of room to design something similar that doesn't, well, look similar.

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