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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RE: To posters in general
by Splinter on Wed 1st Aug 2012 03:36 UTC in reply to "To posters in general"
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2005-07-13

The main issue is that Samsung created their products so that people will see them and think they are an Apple device. Even Samsung's lawyers couldn't tell them apart.

It's not just the hardware. It's the visuals on the devices themselves. They purposely tried to make their devices look as much as possible like the iPhone/Touch/iPad.

We know what to look for, if someone where to cover up the hardware part, to tell if it is an Apple device or something else. A lot of people can't tell though.

I've more than a couple of people tell me they had an Samsung iPad. That is their words. They were things they couldn't figure out and showed it to me. They weren't happy with the device and were complaining about it. They were shocked when I told them it wasn't an iPad.

Note: The people bought them at Best Buy. They had gone in and said they wanted an iPad. The person acted like it was an iPad when they bought it. They took them back and got their money back then went to an Apple store and bought iPads. They are happier now.


The problem I have with this argument is that Samsung tablets have Samsung written on the front! Where does Apple have it's name or logo? On the back! I would argue it is Apple that deliberately designed a device that was ambiguous. As for the people calling tablets in general iPad's that is common in our world. Many cassette players were called "Walkman's", many MP3 players were called "iPods" and many vacuum cleaners are called "Hovers" by consumers. However that is a consumer terminology issue not proof of copying.

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RE[2]: To posters in general
by Sabon on Wed 1st Aug 2012 16:57 in reply to "RE: To posters in general"
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2005-07-06

People may call other vacuum cleaners Hoovers (they are starting to call them Dysons now) but the companies that made them are not allowed to make them look exactly or almost exactly the same. They have to make them look different enough or the get sued.

The same is true for tablets or should be.

My main thing is. How lazy and pathetic is Samsung that they can't come up with their own look?

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RE[3]: To posters in general
by Calipso on Wed 1st Aug 2012 20:11 in reply to "RE[2]: To posters in general"
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2007-03-13

Don't all tv's look essentially the same? Wouldn't the salesperson be to blame for selling a Samsung TV to someone that wanted a Sony TV rather than blaming Samsung for making their TV's look like black rectangles?

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