Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:27 UTC
Legal I'm guessing Apple is getting desperate, since its software patent lawsuits aren't doing particularly well. Moving on from software and design patents, the company is now suing Samsung over... Patents for mobile phone and tablet cases (more at The Verge). I think Apple has more offensive lawsuits than products now, so technically, "patent maker" is more accurate than "gadget maker" or "device maker". Fun times.
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Tony Swash
Member since:
2009-08-22

Does anybody here actually think Samsung did not copy Apple?

I know lots of people thinks it's OK to copy Apple, that Apple wasn't being original, that copying and imitation are what makes the tech world progress, etc,etc. That's does answer the question I posed.

The question I am interested is if anyone really thinks Samsung did not copy Apple?

What do these look like, exactly like?

http://cdn.slashgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/samsung-smart-c...

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

What do these look like, exactly like?


They look like InCase's cover Apple ripped off.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

The question I am interested is if anyone really thinks Samsung did not copy Apple?


Apparently the way Apple shapes its products, designs its icons & GUI, puts in boxes, advertises them and makes accessories for them has become the only logical, practical and even only way to do it. Therefor nobody did copy Apple, but it's the only possible way to do it.

Besides tablet computers colored black and shaped rectangular have been around for a very long time as people have come up with examples like a children's slate, an embedded monitor in a table in 2001 A Space Odyssey and a piece of wood in Star Trek.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Besides tablet computers colored black and shaped rectangular have been around for a very long time as people have come up with examples like a children's slate, an embedded monitor in a table in 2001 A Space Odyssey and a piece of wood in Star Trek.


...and you're conveniently forgetting the Knight Ridder and CrunchPad.

But hey, the CrunchPad didn't sell very well, so it doesn't count. Only ideas stolen from products successful products count, right?

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

"The question I am interested is if anyone really thinks Samsung did not copy Apple?


Apparently the way Apple shapes its products, designs its icons & GUI, puts in boxes, advertises them and makes accessories for them has become the only logical, practical and even only way to do it. Therefor nobody did copy Apple, but it's the only possible way to do it.

Besides tablet computers colored black and shaped rectangular have been around for a very long time as people have come up with examples like a children's slate, an embedded monitor in a table in 2001 A Space Odyssey and a piece of wood in Star Trek.
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So I infer that you are saying yes you think Samsung copied Apple - correct?

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Does Apple have any substantial evidence that something non trivial and unique was copied? No. The vast majority of these cases are about trivial, obvious and natural things in design, or altogether software patents, which aren't working as intended at all as known. When Apple does produce a reasonable hardware patent infringement case - that's a different story.

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

If you are unaware - just repeat a few times - this kind of patents litigation is protection racket game, unless some company doesn't want to play by "rules" of indecent crooks.

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