Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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Oops
by weskroesbergen on Mon 30th Jul 2012 21:18 UTC
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2012-07-30

I find geeks trying to rewrite history (in order to excuse a blatant thief) very offensive.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/30/apples-purple-concept-for-iphone-g...

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RE: Oops
by Priest on Wed 1st Aug 2012 06:35 in reply to "Oops"
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2006-05-12

Samsung only has to prove their were designs like the iPhone on the market before the iPhone. Besides, the reason phones look the way they do is because it is an obvious implementation for touch screen technology.

Apple isn't making the claim they are the first to invent the idea of a touch screen.

If touch screen phones weren't a rectangle with a touch screen on one side then what else would they look like? Other electronics like monitors and digital photo frames already used that basic shape before phones did so Apple certainly didn't invent the rectangle with a screen on it.

Besides, Samsung had a photo frame in 2006 that had the same form factor as the iPad here: http://www.androidauthority.com/behold-samsungs-ipad-made-in-2006-2...

It predates the iPad by 4 years. If that isn't enough here is a prototype tablet from 1994 that looks like the iPad: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1381528/Knight-Ridde...

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RE[2]: Oops
by lemur2 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 07:13 in reply to "RE: Oops"
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2007-02-17

Samsung only has to prove their were designs like the iPhone on the market before the iPhone.


Samsung: Apple Didn’t Invent the Rectangle

http://allthingsd.com/20120731/live-samsung-making-its-case-in-land...

Responding to charges that it copied the iPhone and iPad, Samsung lawyers on Tuesday told a federal jury that the design of the iPhone is less revolutionary than Apple would have them believe.

"There’s more to the story than what you just heard," Samsung attorney Charles Verhoeven told the jury, beginning his opening statement. He showed other phones that predate the iPhone and have large rectangular screens taking up most of the area, most notably the LG Prada phone from 2006.

"Apple didn’t invent that," he said. "That was already out there."


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_Prada

The LG KE850, also known as the LG Prada, is a touchscreen mobile phone made by LG Electronics. It was first announced on December 12, 2006. Images of the device appeared on websites such as Engadget Mobile on December 15, 2006.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone

The iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The first iPhone was unveiled by Steve Jobs, then CEO of Apple, on January 9, 2007, and released on June 29, 2007.

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RE[2]: Oops
by lemur2 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 08:30 in reply to "RE: Oops"
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2007-02-17

Samsung only has to prove their were designs like the iPhone on the market before the iPhone.


There are even Samsung internal designs for rectangular touchscreen phones that pre-date the iPhone, proving that the iPhone cosmetic design was not copied.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/7/31/3209204/samsung-angers-judge-by-s...

The judge apparently doesn't want people to know that Samsung had already internally designed a touchscreen phone which was a rectangle with no keyboard, very similar to the iPhone, before the iPhone came out.

Regardless of what the judge wants, people will know this anyway, it will be common knowledge. If the judge insists that this common knowledge is ignored by the jury, it merely makes the judge look totally biased, and it guarantees Samsung will be able to appeal if they need to.

Edited 2012-08-01 08:32 UTC

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RE[2]: Oops
by FunkyELF on Wed 1st Aug 2012 15:28 in reply to "RE: Oops"
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2006-07-26

If touch screen phones weren't a rectangle with a touch screen on one side then what else would they look like?



http://www.phonearena.com/news/Developer-launches-a-Kickstarter-pro...

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