Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Nov 2011 22:20 UTC
Legal This is probably not entirely surprising. The European Commission has announced that it is investigating both Apple and Samsung because they may have breached antitrust rules with regard to patents used as standard in the mobile phone industry - otherwise known as FRAND patents. While the EC states it's investigating both Samsung and Apple, it's likely the investigation focusses on Samsung.
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RE[3]: Comment by Tony Swash
by unclefester on Sun 6th Nov 2011 23:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Tony Swash"
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The Honda Jazz and Mitsubishi Colt are blatant copies of the Mercedes A Class. The Lexus I series are copies of 3 series BMWs.

No one gets sued in the car industry for copying designs. They swap IP readily. They only sue over trademarks.

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RE[4]: Comment by Tony Swash
by frderi on Mon 7th Nov 2011 00:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Tony Swash"
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They swap IP readily. They only sue over trademarks.

I'd like to see you bring to market a Lexus which looks almost exactly the same inside out like a BMW 3 and not get sued by BMW.

Swapping IP doesn't come without a price. Its still up to the individual IP holder if they're willing to swap it or not. If they don't, you need to respect that, not do it anyway and not pay anything.

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